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April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTGILD, ESRX, MRK, ABBV, BMY, 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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11:47 EDTGILDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:17 EDTMRK, BMYBristol-Myers files patent infringement suit against Merck
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10:36 EDTGILDGilead volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:18 EDTGILDGilead shares defended at Bernstein
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10:11 EDTGILDGilead slips after VP discusses low-cost Sovaldi for 80 countries
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09:51 EDTGILDGilead drops, trades in wide range
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09:50 EDTGILDGilead down 3.5% after reports of potential generic Sovaldi deal coming
09:49 EDTGILDGilead near deal for generic Sovaldi for developing countries, Bloomberg reports
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09:43 EDTGILDGilead drops 6%, or $6.41, to $100.45
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:39 EDTMRKMerck Keytruda sales to reach $5B in 2018, says BMO Capital
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05:46 EDTABTDexCom competition closer after Abbott approval, says Piper Jaffray
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September 4, 2014
15:16 EDTMRKMerck receives accelerated approval of Keytruda
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11:30 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; AAL GILD
American Airlines (AAL) November 44 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 39, Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 40 according to IVolatility.
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09:02 EDTMRKMerck's relebactam granted QIDP, fast track designations by FDA
Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated relebactam -- previously known as MK-7655 -- the company’s investigational beta-lactamase inhibitor, as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product with designated Fast Track status. The QIDP and Fast Track designations apply to intravenous use of relebactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections and hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia/ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia. Relebactam is an investigational, class A and C, beta-lactamase inhibitor that is being evaluated in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. In preclinical studies, relebactam administered in combination with imipenem/cilastatin demonstrated antibacterial activity against a broad range of Gram-negative and beta-lactam-resistant pathogens. Merck plans to initiate Phase 3 studies with relebactam in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in 2015.
08:52 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals upgraded at JMP Securities
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08:02 EDTBMYTeva launches generic Baraclude in U.S.
Teva (TEVA) announces the launch of the generic equivalent to Baraclude tablets in the U.S. Teva was first to file, making the product eligible for 180 days of marketing exclusivity. Baraclude is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY).
07:38 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $21-$25 from $17-$20 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Infinity (INFY) after the company announced a global development and commercialization oncology agreement with AbbVie (ABBV) for duvelisib. The firm thinks the financial terms of the deal are favorably for Infinity, and significantly lower the risk presented by Infinity's stock. It raised its estimate of the drug's chances of success to 75% from 65% and keeps an Outperform rating on Infinity.
07:21 EDTMRK, GILDMedidata can obtain major new platform customers, says Stifel
Noting that Medidata (MDSO) partners with Veeva, Stifel believes that a number of Veeva (VEEV) customers could become Medidata platform customers, especially if they already use Medidata for R&D and clinical trial solutions. The firm identifies Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), and Teva (TEVA) as companies that may become platform clients for Medidata. Stifel keeps a $55 price target and Buy rating on Medidata.
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