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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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March 23, 2015
09:03 EDTABTFiserv says Abbott employee credit union expands partnership
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07:36 EDTGSKPfizer should rise 'significantly' over next two years, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford told investors this morning that he expects shares of Pfizer (PFE) to appreciate "significantly" over the next two years. A survey of U.S. oncologists indicated the company's Ibrance drug will be used in 50% of first line hormonal therapy within one year, with off-label use in all lines of therapy including adjuvant, Holford noted. He thinks peak sales of the drug could top $13B, which is well above consensus. In addition, the analyst views Pfizer's Global Established Pharmaceutical business as being underappreciated by the market. Potential value creating options for the pharmaceutical giant include spinning off its GEP unit by 2017 and accretive acquisitions, with possible takeover targets being Shire (SHPG), Actavis (ACT), AstraZeneca (AZN) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in the eyes of Holford. He added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. He also raised his price target for Pfizer to $45 from $42. The stock closed Friday up 10c to $34.25.
07:17 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
March 22, 2015
15:17 EDTGSKGSK looks to conclude negotiations with U.K. on vaccine cost, Bloomberg says
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March 20, 2015
12:41 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks began the day sharply higher and have continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The marketís move put the Nasdaq back above 5,000 and the S&P above 2,100. The market is undergoing quadruple witching, which occurs 4 times per year and typically is accompanied by high volume and volatility. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count, which has been closely watched in recent months amid the protracted slide in oil prices, is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. The count of U.S. rigs stood at 1125 at the end of last week. In Europe, reports indicate German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece has agreed to send a list of overhauled reforms to European officials within days. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike (NKE) advanced 4% following its Q3 earnings beat. Credit Suisse raised Nike's price target to $106 following the report, saying Nike's underlying futures growth remains in double-digits and preliminary FY16 guidance suggests management has been effective in managing currency headwinds... The shares of Biogen (BIIB) rallied 8% after the company reported results for an early stage study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. The company announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prothena (PRTA), which surged 30% after announcing results from a Phase 1 single ascending dose study of its potential treatment of Parkinson's disease. Also higher was Darden Restaurants (DRI), which gained 4% after the owner of the Olive Garden and Long Horn restaurant chains reported earnings that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was China's Youku Tudou (YOKU), which dropped 9% and was downgraded to Sell at Deutsche Bank after the company reported mixed Q4 results. Also lower was Theravance (THRX), which fell 7% after the company and partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that an FDA advisory committee voted that the efficacy data for their Breo Ellipta inhaler provides substantial evidence of a clinically meaningful benefit in adults, however it voted against approval for the proposed indication in 12-17 year olds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 189.04, or 1.05%, to 18,148.07, the Nasdaq was up 40.24, or 0.81%, to 5,032.62, and the S&P 500 was up 19.54, or 0.94%, to 2,108.81.
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
09:47 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Theravance launch Revlar Ellipta in Italy
In a regulatory filing, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the launch of Revlar Ellipta in Italy following the recent approval by the Italian regulatory authorities in December 2014. Relvar is a fixed dose combination of the inhaled corticosteroid fluticasone furoate and the long-acting beta2-agonist vilanterol. The components will be administered using the Ellipta, a dry powder inhaler. In Italy, the product is indicated for the regular treatment of asthma in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older where use of a combination medicinal product is appropriate; and for the symptomatic treatment of adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with a FEV1<70% predicted normal post-bronchodilator with an exacerbation history despite regular bronchodilator therapy.
07:41 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
18:14 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Theravance announce FDA panel outcome on Breo Ellipta
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the outcome of the joint meeting of the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of the United States FDA regarding the supplemental New Drug Application for Breo Ellipta as a once-daily inhaled treatment for asthma in patients aged 12 years and older. The FDA Advisory Committee voted that the efficacy and safety data for FF/VI 100/25 mcg and 200/25 mcg once daily in asthma support approval in adults 18 years of age and older (16 for, 4 against). The Committee voted that the efficacy data provides substantial evidence of a clinically meaningful benefit in adults (18 for, 2 against) and that the safety in this population has been adequately demonstrated (17 for, 3 against). The Committee voted against approval for the proposed indication in 12-17 year olds (2 for, 18 against). The Committee voted that the efficacy data was not sufficient to demonstrate the benefit (4 for, 16 against) and the safety (1 for, 19 against) has not been adequately demonstrated in this sub-population. The Committee recommended that a large LABA safety trial with FF/VI should be required in adults (13 yes, 7 no) and in 12-17 year olds (17 yes, 2 no and 1 no-vote), similar to the ongoing LABA safety trials being conducted as an FDA Post-Marketing Requirement by each of the manufacturers of LABA containing asthma treatments. FDA Advisory Committees provide non-binding recommendations for consideration by the FDA. Based on these opinions and the data presented, the FDA will make its final decision on approval, which is expected on April 30.
15:12 EDTGSKFDA panel says Breo lacks efficacy data in children with asthma, Bloomberg says
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11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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07:26 EDTGSKFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting
The Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety & Risk Management Advisory Committee discuss the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) 204275-S001, for fluticasone furoate and vilanterol dry powder for inhalation (with the brand name of BREOģ ELLIPTAģ), sponsored by Glaxo Group Limited (d/b/a GSK) for the once-daily treatment for asthma in patients aged 12 years and older in a meeting being held in Gaithersburg, Maryland on March 19 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTGSKTheravance announces trading in common stock halted as FDA meets on sNDA
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07:09 EDTSNYSanofi reports top-line results for Lyxumia for cardiovascular safety
Sanofi announced top-line results of the Phase IIIb ELIXA cardiovascular outcomes study, which compared lixisenatide to placebo in a high-risk population of adults with type 2 diabetes evaluating cardiovascular safety. The study showed that lixisenatide was non-inferior, although not superior, to placebo for cardiovascular safety. The results will be included in the U.S. New Drug Application of lixisenatide, which is on track to be resubmitted to the FDA in Q3. Lixisenatide is not approved in the U.S.
06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
05:30 EDTSNYSanofi reports lixisenatide was non-inferior, though not superior to placebo
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March 18, 2015
09:32 EDTSNYMannKind faces cash shortfall if $100M debt not settled, TheStreet says
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07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
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