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April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTABBV, GILD, ABT, MRK, BMY, ESRXGilead 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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August 27, 2015
12:07 EDTABTAbbott bid for St. Jude doesn't seem likely, says Wells Fargo
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10:35 EDTBMYBristol-Myers calls active
Bristol-Myers August weekly 61 and 61.5 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (4K puts). August weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, September is at 34, October is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
09:26 EDTABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTABTAbbott spokesman says company not making offer for St. Jude, Bloomberg reports
The spokesperson's statement to Bloomberg follows a report earlier this morning from Financial Times that claimed Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer for St. Jude Medical (STJ) that would value the latter at $25B.
07:51 EDTABTThoratec volatility low into report Abbott prepping offer for St. Jude Medical
Thoratec (THOR) September call option implied volatility is at 10, October is at 6; compared to its 52-week range of 8 to 54 suggesting decreasing price movement into reports Abbott (ABT) is preparing a bid for St. Jude Medical (STJ). In July St. Jude Medical and Thoratec approved an agreement under which St. Jude Medical will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec for $63.50 per share in a cash. The deal is scheduled to close in Q4.
07:51 EDTBMYRoche catching up fast to Bristol-Myers in immuno-oncology, says Jefferies
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07:45 EDTABTAbbott volatility up into report prepping takeover offer for St. Jude Medical
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07:39 EDTABTSt. Jude Medical volatility up, Abbott prepping $25B takeover offer FT reports
St. Jude Medical (STJ) September call option implied volatility is at 29, October is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 36; suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the company at $25B, sources tell The Financial Times.
06:57 EDTABTAbbott prepping $25B takeover offer for St. Jude Medical, FT reports
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06:56 EDTABTAbbott prepping $25B takeover offer for St. Jude Medical, FT reports
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05:28 EDTBMYAllied-Bristol Life Sciences announces licensing agreement with Yale University
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August 26, 2015
17:06 EDTGILDGilead AMBITION study results published in New England Journal of Medicine
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced detailed results from the AMBITION study. In AMBITION, conducted in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), combination therapy with Letairis and tadalafil reduced the risk of clinical failure by 50% compared to the pooled Letairis and tadalafil monotherapy arm. These data were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Letairis, a selective endothelin type-A receptor antagonist, and tadalafil, a PDE5 inhibitor, are each approved in the United States, the European Union and other countries as once-daily treatments for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension with WHO/NYHA functional class II and III symptoms. Letairis is indicated in the U.S. to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening and in the EU under the tradename Volibris to improve exercise capacity. Tadalafil 40 mg is indicated in the U.S. and the EU to improve exercise ability and capacity, respectively. Preclinical data have suggested these therapies may have synergistic effects. However, combination use with Letairis and tadalafil is currently not approved.
08:53 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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August 25, 2015
19:34 EDTABBV, GILDExperts tell White House to expand use of Hepatitis C drugs, NYT says
Health care experts from the Public Health Service and the Advisory Council on H.I.V./AIDS have recommended that Medicaid officials expand the use of costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni, reports the New York Times, citing correspondence sent to the White House. The advisory council said current usage limitations on the drugs are "unreasonable," but it also suggested that manufacturers disclose drug development costs in the face of the significant price tags on modern Hepatitis C treatments. Reference Link
09:03 EDTABBVAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTGILDBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
09:45 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
08:16 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Pfizer to present new data on Eliquis at ESC Congress 2015
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced that 22 abstracts will be presented at the ESC Congress 2015, to be held August 29 to September 2 in London, United Kingdom. The new data reinforce the Alliance's commitment to the ongoing evaluation of Eliquis in both the nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism patient populations. In addition, data from the AEGEAN study evaluating adherence among NVAF patients further extends the Alliance's commitment to patient care.
07:08 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTMRK, BMYBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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