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July 21, 2014
06:43 EDTMRK, BMY, RHHBY, ABBV, GILDGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
Several companies, including Roche (RHHBY) and Merck (MRK) have taken aggressive legal steps to claim that Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi infringes upon their patents or contract rights and deserve a cut of the sales, reports the Wall Street Journal. Abbvi (ABBV), meanwhile, has obtained U.S. patents covering combinations of dozens of drugs to treat hepatitis-C as it develops a treatment of its own. Abbvie, Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) are also planning to bring their own regimens to market to compete with Gilead's. Reference Link
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December 8, 2014
08:08 EDTMRKMerck says about $9.5B of debt to be issued related to Cubist deal
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07:35 EDTMRKAdvaxis reports FDA acceptance of IND application for ADXS-PSA combination trial
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07:13 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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07:01 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash, or $9.5B
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07:00 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash
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05:53 EDTBMYStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX BMY
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December 7, 2014
16:29 EDTMRKMerck in discussions to buy Cubist for $7B, Bloomberg reports
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14:10 EDTBMYAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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13:06 EDTBMYBMY announces positive results in Phase 1b trial evaluating Opdivo
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12:58 EDTMRKMerck presents KEYTRUDA data at ASH
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December 5, 2014
11:33 EDTRHHBYGenentech to present clinical data at ASH
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10:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers jumps 2% amid talk of potential Pfizer bid
Shares of Bristol-Myers (BMY) are up in early trading amid chatter of a potential takeover bid from Pfizer (PFE). The stock is up $1.26 to $60.15. Bristol's market capitalization stands around $99B, less than twice that of Pfizer's $200B. A Jefferies analyst last week called Mylan (MYL) the most likely takeover target for Pfizer. Pfizer is "highly motivated" to buy a foreign company using its overseas cash and Mylan looks like the most likely target, Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford wrote.
09:56 EDTBMYRumor: Bristol-Myers strength attributed to takeover speculation
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:37 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $121 from $110 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Gilead shares to $121 saying the company's potential cash flow generation is "immense" and provides "significant strategic flexibility." The firm estimates Gilead can generate more than $30B in cash in the next two years and $80B-plus over the next five years. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
December 4, 2014
09:01 EDTGILD, ABBVVA negotiated $594 per dose price for Gilead HCV treatment
A Veterans Health Administration official told a Senate committee yesterday that Veterans' Affairs has "moved rapidly to deploy new, more effective, less toxic HCV treatments and has been able to negotiate significant discounts for these newer therapies." The agency negotiated a price of $594 per dose for Gilead's (GILD) Hepatitis C virus drug Sofosbuvir, below the commercial price of $1,000 per dose, VHA Chief Consultant for Pharmacy Benefits Management Michael Valentino told the Senate's Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The agency also received a $413 per dose price for Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Simeprevir, below the commerical price of $790. The VA has approximately 174,000 veterans in care with HCV, making it the largest single HCV provider in the U.S., Valentino pointed out. He added, "Like the rest of the country, VA has treated only a portion of Veterans for HCV because treatment and cures have been difficult to achieve due to low efficacy and high toxicity of standard drug therapies." Reference Link
08:45 EDTABBVAbbVie price target raised to $80 from $72 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for AbbVie shares to $80 while calling the company one of its top five global pharma picks for 2015. The firm's top U.S. pick is Pfizer (PFE) and its top Europe pick is Novartis (NVS). Bayer (BAYRY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) round out the top five. Jefferies thinks AbbVie's "strong momentum" will continue into the first half of 2015 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
December 3, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; December 3, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 45c to 26.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX C GILD RIG ABX according to Track Data.
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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