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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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May 15, 2015
16:46 EDTABBVAbbVie extends exchange offer to acquire Pharmacyclics
AbbVie (ABBV) announced that it has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Pharmacyclics (PCYC) to 5 p.m., New York City time, on May 22. The depositary of the exchange offer has advised that, as of 4:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 15, a total of approximately 42,822,941 shares of Pharmacyclics common stock were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the exchange offer. All other terms and conditions of the exchange offer remain unchanged.
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:08 EDTGILDOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:29 EDTABBVAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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09:45 EDTABBVAbbVie reports FDA orphan designation for Humira in treatment of HS
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09:31 EDTGILDAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
13:12 EDTABBVAbbVie granted orphan status for Humira
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11:08 EDTESRXExpress Scripts management to meet with Maxim
Meeting to be held in St. Louis, MO on May 21 hosted by Maxim.
11:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy granted orphan status
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10:41 EDTBMY, ABBVAnalysts upbeat on Amgen's Kyprolis after ASCO abstracts
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09:41 EDTABTLeerink medical devices analyst holds a cardiology luncheon meeting
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09:22 EDTMRK, BMYLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTABBV, BMYBristol-Myers down 1.3% after release of ASCO abstracts
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May 13, 2015
18:33 EDTMRKMerck to present new Keytruda data on 10 types of cancer at 2015 ASCO meeting
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13:12 EDTGILD, ABBV, MRK, BMYSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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07:31 EDTGILDHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 12, 2015
13:13 EDTMRKExpert says Norway biosimilar case an 'outlier,' CT Financial News reports
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06:09 EDTMRKThreshold announces Merck receives FDA Fast Track designation for evofosfamide
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May 11, 2015
10:30 EDTABTAbbott names Brian Yoor as SVP, Finance and CFO
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07:40 EDTESRXFocus on Vertex will shift to pricing after Orkambi FDA meeting, WSJ says
An FDA advisory committee that meets Tuesday to decide whether to recommend approval of Vertexís Orkambi will be closely watched by health insurers and pharmacy-benefit managers concerned that the experimental cystic-fibrosis drug will be high-priced, said The Wall Street Journal. Vertex hasnít announced a price, but analyst at JPMorgan predict the drug will have a wholesale price of about $287,000 annually per patient. Publicly traded PBM owners include Catamaran (CTRX), which is being acquired by UnitedHealth (UNH), CVS Health (CVS) and Express Scripts (ESRX). Reference Link
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