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May 15, 2014
10:04 EDTICPT, GALTIntercept rises after analyst targets shares to more than double
Shares of drugmaker Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) are climbing after research firm Summer Street initiated coverage of the shares with a Buy rating and a $650 price target in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Intercept's obeticholic acid drug demonstrated such a high level of efficacy as a treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in a Phase II study that the trial was stopped early, analyst Jim Molloy wrote. Late stage nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, also known as NASH, affects about 8M people in the U.S. each year and causes victims to die unless they receive liver transplants. It's "hard to overstate the opportunity" for obeticholic acid, wrote Molloy, who predicts that the FDA will approve the drug in the fourth quarter of 2015. He notes that the company is looking at using the drug to treat a variety of other liver related indications as well. OTHERS TO WATCH: Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) has stated that it believes its drug candidates "have the potential to treat NASH and other forms of liver fibrosis." PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Intercept gained $2.57, or 1%, to $273.51.
News For ICPT;GALT From The Last 14 Days
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November 14, 2014
15:22 EDTICPTIntercept CEO says company 'very well-positioned' in terms of balance sheet
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November 12, 2014
12:00 EDTICPTKOLs say 'remains to be seen' if OCA can get accelerated approval, says Leerink
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11:55 EDTICPTIntercept not part of talks with journals, says Deutsche Bank
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November 11, 2014
12:00 EDTICPTIntercept results said to be rejected by New England Journal, Bloomberg says
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November 10, 2014
09:20 EDTGALTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTGALTGalectin Therapeutics GR-MD-02 Phase 1 trial meets primary endpoint
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08:36 EDTICPTIntercept price target lowered to $125 from $172 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital lowered its price target for Intercept shares to $125 saying its talks with experts and cardiologists indicate the company's OCA drug is unlikely to be a "silver bullet" for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. FBR notes that while OCA appears to improve the liver, the drug worsens many of the other derangements like lipid and glucose homeostasis. FBR decreased the probability of success in NASH to 55% from 60%, and lowered its peak OCA sales estimate to $5.2B. It keeps an Underperform rating on Intercept shares.
08:14 EDTGALTGalectin Therapeutics reports Q3 EPS (17c), consensus (27c)
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