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June 9, 2014
14:09 EDTBMY, MRK, ABBV, ACHN, JNJ, IDIXIdenix 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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December 8, 2014
07:00 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash
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06:12 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LULU ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 53, Achillion (ACHN) 216 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTBMYStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX BMY
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December 7, 2014
16:29 EDTMRKMerck in discussions to buy Cubist for $7B, Bloomberg reports
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14:54 EDTJNJIMBRUVICA data suggests promise in multiple myeloma
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14:10 EDTBMYAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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13:06 EDTBMYBMY announces positive results in Phase 1b trial evaluating Opdivo
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12:58 EDTMRKMerck presents KEYTRUDA data at ASH
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December 5, 2014
10:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:06 EDTACHNAchillion management to meet with JMP Securities
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10:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers jumps 2% amid talk of potential Pfizer bid
Shares of Bristol-Myers (BMY) are up in early trading amid chatter of a potential takeover bid from Pfizer (PFE). The stock is up $1.26 to $60.15. Bristol's market capitalization stands around $99B, less than twice that of Pfizer's $200B. A Jefferies analyst last week called Mylan (MYL) the most likely takeover target for Pfizer. Pfizer is "highly motivated" to buy a foreign company using its overseas cash and Mylan looks like the most likely target, Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford wrote.
09:56 EDTBMYRumor: Bristol-Myers strength attributed to takeover speculation
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December 4, 2014
11:23 EDTJNJAppeals court reverses patent ruling in favor of J&J unit over Covidien
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, appealed a district court judgment regarding certain asserted patent claims of Tyco Healthcare. The appeals court affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, and vacated-in-part the prior judgment, because the lower courtís 102(g) findings were correct, but its 103 determination was improper, "including its decision to exclude the 102(g) prior art from the obviousness analysis," the court stated. In 2007, Tyco Healthcare changed its name to Covidien (COV). Reference Link
09:01 EDTABBV, JNJVA negotiated $594 per dose price for Gilead HCV treatment
A Veterans Health Administration official told a Senate committee yesterday that Veterans' Affairs has "moved rapidly to deploy new, more effective, less toxic HCV treatments and has been able to negotiate significant discounts for these newer therapies." The agency negotiated a price of $594 per dose for Gilead's (GILD) Hepatitis C virus drug Sofosbuvir, below the commercial price of $1,000 per dose, VHA Chief Consultant for Pharmacy Benefits Management Michael Valentino told the Senate's Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The agency also received a $413 per dose price for Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Simeprevir, below the commerical price of $790. The VA has approximately 174,000 veterans in care with HCV, making it the largest single HCV provider in the U.S., Valentino pointed out. He added, "Like the rest of the country, VA has treated only a portion of Veterans for HCV because treatment and cures have been difficult to achieve due to low efficacy and high toxicity of standard drug therapies." Reference Link
08:45 EDTABBVAbbVie price target raised to $80 from $72 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for AbbVie shares to $80 while calling the company one of its top five global pharma picks for 2015. The firm's top U.S. pick is Pfizer (PFE) and its top Europe pick is Novartis (NVS). Bayer (BAYRY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) round out the top five. Jefferies thinks AbbVie's "strong momentum" will continue into the first half of 2015 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
06:04 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG ACHN
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December 3, 2014
10:08 EDTJNJJ&J hires Goldman to explore sale of Splenda brand, Reuters says
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09:45 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson hires bank to explore sale of Splenda brand, Reuters says
09:35 EDTJNJActive equity options trading
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06:02 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG ACHN
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