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June 9, 2014
08:55 EDTGILD, IDIX, MRKGilead may come under pressure following Merck deal, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says shares of Gilead (GILD) may come under pressure following Merck's (MRK) acquisition of Idenix (IDIX). Piper says Merck could be in a stronger position for its patent litigation against Gilead's Sovaldi but notes that consensus estimates for Gilead have always included an owed royalty for Sovaldi.
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September 19, 2014
06:11 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $139 from $111 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Gilead shares to $139 saying management looks "very optimistic" that FY15 hepatitis C treatment volumes could be up substantially over FY14 rates globally. Citi also expects recent buybacks to boost Q4 earnings substantially and that future stock buybacks will drive appreciation. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
September 18, 2014
12:12 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; PIR GILD
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08:48 EDTMRKNeogen's dairy genomic program to be marketed by Merck
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08:17 EDTGILDGilead trial failure not material, says FBR Capital
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September 17, 2014
11:52 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; X GILD
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09:33 EDTMRKMerck announced positive results from Phase 3 data for omarigliptin
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck, Sun Pharma enter into licensing agreement for Tildrakizumab
Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, through their respective subsidiaries,announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for Merckís investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, tildrakizumab, which is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 registration trials for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment. Under terms of the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire worldwide rights to tildrakizumab for use in all human indications from Merck in exchange for an upfront payment of $80M. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. Upon product approval, Sun Pharma will be responsible for regulatory activities, including subsequent submissions, pharmacovigilance, post approval studies, manufacturing and commercialization of the approved product. Merck is eligible to receive undisclosed payments associated with regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties ranging from mid-single digit through teen percentage rates on sales. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the requirements under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
06:04 EDTGILDGilead's simtuzumab Phase 2 study for pancreatic cancer does not meet endpoint
Gilead announced results from a Phase 2 study evaluating simtuzumab, an investigational inhibitor of lysyl oxidase-like-2, in combination with gemcitabine for patients with previously untreated advanced pancreatic cancer. In the study, the addition of simtuzumab to gemcitabine did not significantly increase progression-free survival compared to placebo plus gemcitabine. There was no difference in adverse events between patients taking simtuzumab versus placebo. Simtuzumab is being evaluated in several ongoing Phase 2 trials, including for advanced colorectal cancer, myelofibrosis, as monotherapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and for liver fibrosis. Other agents in Gileadís oncology pipeline are currently being evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
September 16, 2014
07:31 EDTMRKEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:25 EDTMRKMerck price target raised to $72 from $62 at SunTrust
After meeting with Merck's CEO and head of clinical development, SunTrust increased its price target on the company as the firm thinks that it is ideally positioned across five of the fastest growing therapeutic classes. The firm believes that the company's EPS growth rates from 2015-2020 will be three percentage points above Street estimates, while it has a first-mover advantage in oncology. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
September 15, 2014
13:30 EDTMRKMerck announces data from pivotal Phase 3 study for odanacatib
Merck announced data from the pivotal Phase 3 fracture outcomes study for odanacatib in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Odanacatib is Merckís investigational once-weekly cathepsin K inhibitor. In the Long-Term Odanacatib Fracture Trial, odanacatib met its primary endpoints and significantly reduced the risk of osteoporotic hip, spine and non-vertebral fractures compared with placebo. The rates of adverse events overall in LOFT were generally balanced between patients taking odanacatib and placebo. Adjudicated events of morphea-like skin lesions and atypical femoral fractures occurred more often in the odanacatib group than in the placebo group. Adjudicated major adverse cardiovascular events were generally balanced overall between the treatment groups. There were numerically more adjudicated stroke events with odanacatib than with placebo.
11:56 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; MU GILD
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10:52 EDTGILDGilead heading for a test of support, levels to watch
The shares are down 2% to $101.54 at time of writing, putting the shares on track for a retest of the 30-day moving average at $101.21. A breakdown below that level would indicate a pickup in negative price momentum, with next support at $96.57, the 50-day moving average. A bounce from the 30-day would meet resistance at $106.93, the 10-day moving average.
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:34 EDTGILDMylan signs agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD), under which Mylan has been licensed the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and the investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Sofosbuvir is marketed by Gilead under the brand name Sovaldi. The countries within the agreement account for more than 100M people living with hepatitis C globally representing 54% of the total global infected population. Under the licensing agreement, Mylan will receive a technology transfer enabling the company to manufacture low-cost versions of the medicines for developing markets.
06:31 EDTGILDGilead announces licensing agreements with seven pharmaceutical companies
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September 12, 2014
14:56 EDTGILDGilead mentioned cautiously at ISI Group
September 11, 2014
11:58 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; DDD GILD
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September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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September 9, 2014
09:34 EDTGILDGilead recently started cutting Sovaldi pricing by 8%, says Cleveland Research
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