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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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October 20, 2014
17:33 EDTABBVAbbVie announces new $5B stock repurchase program, raises dividend
17:26 EDTABBVShire down 1% following termination of merger with AbbVie
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17:17 EDTABBVAbbVie to pay Shire $1.64B break fee
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17:16 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire announce termination of proposed merger
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17:14 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire announce termination of proposed merger
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTMRKMerck, Sanofi unit announce pediatric hexavalent vaccine BLA
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07:47 EDTABBVPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:34 EDTMRKAdvaxis names Mauro Chief Medical Officer
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that it has appointed David Mauro, as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer Mauro most recently served as executive director, section head oncology clinical development at Merck (MRK). In connection with his appointment, Mauro received a one-time inducement award of 165K restricted shares, of which 55K are fully vested and as of the grant date. The remaining shares vest annually over a two-year period.
07:19 EDTMRK, BMYIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTABBV, MRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
06:56 EDTABBVShire reopens acquistion talks with NPS Pharmaceuticals, Cubist, Telegraph says
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTABBVStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on
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08:47 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
07:07 EDTABBVShire may be buyer instead of target if AbbVie deal breaks, WSJ says
Assuming AbbVie's (ABBV) deal to buy Shire (SHPG) gets cancelled, which appears likely at this point, many analysts and investors believe Shire will become a buyer and Leerink Partners estimates the company could have $10B to use for a takeover deal, reported The Wall Street Journal. AbbVie will also be likely to look for other deals and could be forced to pay up for them, as its top seller, Humira, moves closer to losing patent exclusivity, the Journal said, citing analysts. Reference Link
05:55 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; ABBV CSX
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