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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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January 26, 2015
13:01 EDTGILDGilead, EnvisionRx sign exclusive agreement for Sovaldi, Harvoni availability
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11:29 EDTBMYBristol-Myers January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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11:00 EDTGILDMylan expands Hepatitis C licensing agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited is expanding its hepatitis C licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD) to include the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute the investigational NS5A inhibitor GS-5816 and single tablet regimen of sofosbuvir/GS-5816, once approved, in 91 developing countries. The single tablet regimen is being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical studies for the treatment of all six genotypes of hepatitis C. If approved by regulatory authorities, the sofosbuvir/GS-5816 regimen would become the first all-oral single tablet regimen for all hepatitis C genotypes. A pan-genotypic therapeutic option is particularly important for developing countries, where genotype testing is often unreliable or not readily available. This agreement is in addition to the licensing and technology transfer agreement that Mylan entered into with Gilead in September 2014, which grants Mylan the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Mylan also partners with Gilead on expanding access to high quality, affordable antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in India and other developing countries.
09:49 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck says CHMP issues positive opinion for Sivextro
Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of the investigational antibiotic SIVEXTRO for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in adults. Merck acquired SIVEXTRO as a part of its purchase, through a subsidiary, of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The CHMP positive opinion will be reviewed by the European Commission. If the European Commission affirms the CHMP opinion, it will grant a centralized marketing authorization with unified labeling that is valid in the 28 countries that are members of the European Union, as well as European Economic Area members, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. SIVEXTRO is a once-daily oxazolidinone antibiotic developed for both intravenous and oral administration for the treatment of serious infections caused by certain Gram-positive bacteria.
05:11 EDTGILDGilead expands hepatitis C generic licensing agreements
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January 23, 2015
09:35 EDTGILDGilead mentioned cautiously at Cleveland Research
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06:39 EDTMRKNIH, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck launch joint Ebola vaccine test in Liberia, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
08:49 EDTBMYBristol-Myers price target raised to $70 from $63 at SunTrust
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January 21, 2015
10:28 EDTESRXLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:16 EDTMRK, BMYLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
10:01 EDTESRXOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubist’s stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
07:36 EDTESRXExpress Scripts initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens
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January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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16:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers appoints Giovanni Caforio CEO
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a number of leadership changes approved by its board of directors and effective at the close of the annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May. Giovanni Caforio, M.D. will become CEO of the company. Lamberto Andreotti will become executive chairman of the board of directors on May 5 and will continue to serve as chairman after his retirement on August 3. James M. Cornelius, 71, has chosen not to stand for re-election as non-executive chairman and will retire from the board. Togo D. West, Jr., 72, will become the lead independent director on the company’s board.
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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06:44 EDTESRXExpress Scripts downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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