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September 23, 2013
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July 20, 2015
12:09 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says Nivolumab BMS approved in EU for SQ NSCLC
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12:08 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
08:28 EDTBMYExelixis off highs, but still up 34% after Bristol-Myers data
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08:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says Phase III study evaluating Opdivo stopped early
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08:05 EDTALNYAlnylam initiates Phase 3 open label extension study with patisiran
Alnylam announced that it has initiated its Phase 3 open-label extension study, abbreviated APOLLO-OLE, with patisiran, an investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting transthyretin for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis in patients with Familial Amyloidotic Polyneuropthy. All patients who complete the APOLLO Phase 3 trial with patisiran are eligible to enroll in APOLLO-OLE. The study will evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of patisiran and will also measure effects of treatment toward a number of clinical endpoints, including the modified Neuropathy Impairment Score, or “mNIS+7,” which is an evaluation of muscle weakness, sensory and autonomic function, and nerve conductance. The company is also reiterating its previous guidance that – assuming positive study results in the APOLLO Phase 3 study – it expects to be in a position to file a New Drug Application for patisiran in the 2017 timeframe.
07:33 EDTBMYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:32 EDTLIFEaTyr Pharma announces transitions in clinical developments
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07:32 EDTBIIB, LLYAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
09:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says EU approves Evotaz for treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults
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09:01 EDTBMYuniQure has reached compelling entry point, says Roth Capital
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08:03 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline expects to ship 32M-38M flu vaccines over 2015-16 season
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July 15, 2015
17:00 EDTAZNInnerWorkings to provide AstraZeneca exclusive marketing execution
InnerWorkings (INWK), the leading marketing execution firm, has become the exclusive North American marketing execution partner of AstraZeneca (AZN). Under the seven-year agreement, InnerWorkings will manage AstraZeneca’s marketing print operations across North America, which will improve AstraZeneca’s transparency and reporting as well as strengthen its brand impact. Strategically placed across the U.S., InnerWorkings’ three onsite teams based in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will help AstraZeneca sharpen its financial visibility, unify its brands, and enhance its marketing effectiveness. By tapping InnerWorkings’ $1B-dollar buying power, AstraZeneca will gain vital insights, promote sustainability, and refine its marketing spend.
10:01 EDTLLYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:32 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Squibb, MUSC announce translational research collaboration
The Medical University of South Carolina, or MUSC, and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced that they have entered into a translational research collaboration focused on fibrotic diseases, including scleroderma, renal fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The agreement includes studies designed to improve the mechanistic understanding of fibrosis, explore patient segmentation based on disease characteristics and/or biomarker approaches and predictors of disease progression.
08:21 EDTIRWDSynergy upside largely dependent on buyout, says Citi
Citi doubled its price target for Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) to $12 from $6 but cautions that upside from current levels is likely dependent on a potential takeout. The firm sees raised expectations into the new the data readout for plecanatide. The drug's effectiveness in chronic idiopathic constipation looks fairly similar to Ironwood's (IRWD) Linzess, Citi tells investors in a research note. It keeps a Buy rating on Synergy.
08:04 EDTPFEPfizer treatment of CIDP granted FDA orphan status
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07:58 EDTBIIBAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
06:37 EDTLLYEli Lilly downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Francis Crick Institute to collaborate on range of new drugs
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