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December 11, 2012
17:24 EDTSNY, ABT, MRK, GS, GSKGoldman Sachs hired to explore Bausch & Lomb sale, Bloomberg reports
Goldman Sachs (GS) has been hired by Warburg Pincus to explore a sale of Bausch & Lomb, the company's eye-care division, and Warburg is said to be seeking at least $10B for the business, according to a Bloomberg report that cites sources familiar with the matter. The report says that Goldman contacted Sanofi (SNY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Merck (MRK) this month, and that Abbot Laboratories (ABT) will be among the other companies contacted, according to a source. Reference Link
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February 23, 2015
13:33 EDTGSKRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
11:17 EDTGSKFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
08:27 EDTMRKNGM Biopharmaceuticals to hold a teleconference
NGM Biopharm discusses the strategic collaboration with Merck to discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapeutics on a teleconference to be held on February 23 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGM’s most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGM’s efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
06:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs sees $3B in possible legal costs above reserves
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February 20, 2015
07:23 EDTGSKAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTSNY, GSK, ABT, MRKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
16:50 EDTSNYSanofi appoints Olivier Brandicourt CEO
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09:59 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Altisource Residential (RESI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... British Land (BTLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Monster Worldwide (MWW) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Werner (WERN) upgraded on improving freight fundamentals at RBC Capital... diaDexus (DDXS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg,
08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
08:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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07:12 EDTGSWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:47 EDTGSReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
05:31 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
February 18, 2015
07:33 EDTGSGoldman Sachs vows legal battle with Bank of Portugal over loan, Reuters says
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07:21 EDTGSJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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February 17, 2015
11:38 EDTSNYGenzyme reports publication of ENGAGE registration study results
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07:38 EDTGSKGlaxo replaces head of struggling U.S. drug unit, Bloomberg reports
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06:39 EDTGSBanks settle claims related to mortgage securities, Reuters says
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