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April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTMRK, BMY, ESRX, ABBV, GILD, ABTGilead defended by analysts after recent pullback
Shares of pharmaceutical company Gilead (GILD) are climbing after two research firms were upbeat about the stock's outlook in separate notes to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Gilead's stock is positioned to rise sharply ahead of the company's first quarter results on April 22, Robert W. Baird analyst Brian Skorney wrote. Sales of the company's Hepatitis C, or HCV drug, Sovaldi, should beat expectations, and the company's Q1 profit should be strong, the analyst believes. Moreover, despite worries over the pricing of Sovaldi, the analyst predicted that Gilead would ultimately only have to make minor concessions on pricing for the drug. He kept a $103 price target and Outperform rating on Gilead. Meanwhile, research firm Maxim Group focused on statements by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (ESRX) about Sovaldi. According to a Bloomberg report published yesterday, Express Scripts' Chief Medical Officer said the company would ask its clients to stop using Sovaldi when a competing drug is approved in the U.S. The new drug is expected to be approved next year, Bloomberg reported. But Sovaldi is not the most expensive HCV drug, Maxim contended. Moreover, after factoring in the lower effectiveness of other drugs compared with Sovaldi, Gilead's drug provides "compelling" value, the firm contended. Express Scripts' comments are "noise," added Maxim, which kept a $101 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are developing HCV drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Abbott (ABT), and Merck (MRK). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gilead gained 1% to $70.50. The stock dropped significantly yesterday, and has fallen over 11% in the past month.
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April 21, 2015
12:21 EDTGILDVertex rises after Bernstein suggests Gilead should pursue takeover
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10:00 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTGILDGilead spikes higher, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTMRKMerck reaffirms commitment to developing medicines for infectious diseases
Merck reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to discovering and developing novel medicines in the global fight against infectious diseases, including infections caused by resistant bacteria and other pathogens. At this year’s 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, April 25-28 in Copenhagen, Denmark, researchers are scheduled to present more than 30 scientific data presentations on the company’s broad portfolio of marketed and investigational anti-infective medicines. Merck completed its acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Jan. 21, 2015, and continues to build on both companies’ work in infectious disease. Antimicrobial research remains an important area of focus. In addition to a combined portfolio of antibiotic and antifungal medicines, vaccines, and medicines for HIV and HCV, Merck has multiple programs that span discovery through late-stage development. In total, Merck currently has more than 15 ongoing clinical trials evaluating antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agents for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. These trials are projected to enroll approximately 8,000 patients.
08:14 EDTGILDGilead should buy Vertex, says Bernstein
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06:58 EDTGILDGilead May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:44 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded on early Opdivo success at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Bristol-Myers to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm raised estimates above consensus and increased its price target on the stock to $80 from $60 following confirmation of Opdivo's survival benefits in lung cancer. Morgan Stanley expects Opdivo to be one of the top three pharma-bio launches over the next several years and notes Bristol is ahead of the competition in immuno-oncology combination drug development.
06:15 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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April 20, 2015
14:32 EDTABBVPharmacyclics patent for Imbruvica challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:12 EDTBMYVanda names Tom Gibbs as SVP and Chief Commercial OfficerBristol-Myers
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08:05 EDTMRKTetraLogic, Merck enter into oncology clinical study collaboration
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07:20 EDTABBV, GILD, BMY, MRKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTABBVAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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April 19, 2015
19:35 EDTMRKMerck to swiftly repay $5B loan, explore acquisitions by late 2017, Reuters says
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15:21 EDTMRKMerck announces new data from Keytruda study
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14:59 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda 'superior' to ipilimumab for PFS in patients with melanoma
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14:47 EDTMRKMerck submits supplemental biologics license for Keytruda in lung cancer
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14:31 EDTMRKMerck reports 28% Keytruda response rate in 25 pleural mesothelioma patients
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