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June 9, 2014
14:09 EDTIDIX, ACHN, MRK, JNJ, ABBV, BMYIdenix high premium bodes well for Achillion, says Leerink
Leerink believes the high premium that Merck (MRK) paid for Idenix (IDIX) is a positive sign for Achillion (ACHN), which is the last biotech with a fully-owned nucleotide. The firm noted that media reports said Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), AbbVie (ABBV), and Bristol-Myers (BMY) also expressed interest in Idenix during its sale process. Leerink also said it thinks Merck's commitment to HCV may have a bigger impact on Gilead's (GILD) valuation than its potential market share loss.
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July 16, 2014
08:55 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
Leerink views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Johnson & Johnson as a buying opportunity. The firm expects "several" more quarters of outperformance and raised its price target for the stock to $115 from $110. It keeps an Outperform rating on J&J.
07:59 EDTABBVTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Johnson & Johnson reported strong Q2 results, and the company raised its estimates for the company. The firm continues to recommend buying the stock on pullbacks.
06:26 EDTMRK, BMYBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:13 EDTBMY, MRKPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:05 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says committed to diabetes space
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09:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees competition in Hepatitis products a headwind in 2015
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09:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY14 pre-tax op. margin improving over FY13
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09:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says will buy back shares with net gain from OCD divestiture
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09:28 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 2014 sales $74.5B-$75.3B, consensus $74.91B
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08:54 EDTJNJJ&J CEO says confident about long term growth prospects of healthcare market
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08:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says innovation sustaining long-term growth
Says MD&D progressing well towards 30 major filings by 2017. In Pharmaceuticals, sees 10 new products and 25 significant line extensions planned by 2017. Sees ~4.5% CAGR expected for WW prescription drug sales through 2017, despite potential headwinds. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $8.5B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Domestic sales up 14.9% to $9.13B
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 EPS excluding items $1.66, consensus $1.55
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07:35 EDTBMY, MRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
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