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June 9, 2014
11:29 EDTIDIX, GILD, JNJ, ABBV, ACHNHCV players moving after Merck buys Idenix
Shares of several companies that have developed hepatitis C, or HCV, treatments are rising after one such company, Idenix (IDIX), agreed to be acquired by Merck (MRK). Meanwhile, shares of Gilead (GILD) are falling after an analyst wrote that Merck could be in a better position to extract royalties from Gilead following the acquisition. WHAT'S NEW: Merck and Idenix reported this morning that Idenix would be acquired by Merck for $24.50 per share or $3.85B. The purchase price is more than triple the company's closing price on Friday. Idenix has developed a number of HCV treatments. In an interview with Reuters, Merck's R&D chief, Roger Perlmutter said that Indenix's experimental drug, IDX21437, could cure patients with every genotype of HCV within four to six weeks, the news service reported. Currently viewed by many as the leading HCV treatment, Gilead's Solvaldi must be taken for 12 weeks by most patients, according to Gilead's website. REACTION: In an article published by The Street today, blogger Adam Feuerstein wrote that Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which has developed its own HCV drugs, could be the next takeover target in the space. Like Gilead's Sovaldi, Achillion's ACH-3422 is a nucleotide, Feurstein noted. After CNBC reported that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Abbvie (ABBV) both made unsuccessful bids for Idenix, Feurstein believes that investors are betting that Achillion could be acquired by Johnson & Johnson or Abbvie. Meanwhile, in a note to investors earlier today, Dr. Joshua Schimmer, an analyst at research firm Piper Jaffray, wrote that some investors believe that Merck acquired Idenix partly to strengthen its hand in patent litigation against Gilead. Patents were likely a key factor in Merck's purchase of Idenix, but analysts have always expected Gielad to pay Merck a royalty on Sovaldi sales, the analyst wrote. Moreover, Sovaldi is likely to constitute a much lower percentage of Gilead's HCV sales going forward as the company develops new combination therapies, Schimmer contended. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Achillion climbed 39% to $4, Gilead dropped 4% to $79, and Idenix soared 230% to $24.
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August 25, 2014
08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
06:11 EDTGILDStocks with implied volatility movement; FOLD GILD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) 87, Gilead (GILD) 25 according to iVolatility.
August 22, 2014
11:17 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTABBVDEA restricts painkiller drug prescriptions to curb abuse, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, will reclassify hydrocodone combination painkiller drugs and place them in the category of medical substances that have the highest potential for harm in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of the drugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rescheduling of the drugs will take effect in 45 days and result in people being able to obtain the drug for only 90 days without obtaining a new prescription. Major manufacturers of these drugs include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mallinckrodt (MNK), AbbVie (ABBV), and Actavis (ACT). Reference Link
07:57 EDTGILD, ABBVGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
05:42 EDTJNJIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
17:29 EDTACHNRA Capital reduces stake in Achillion to 21.1% from 23.2%
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11:42 EDTACHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 19, 2014
16:07 EDTACHNAchillion granted U.S. patent for ACH-3102, structurally related NS5A inhibitors
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16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
10:42 EDTACHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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11:41 EDTJNJCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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10:01 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Equity Residential (EQR) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... HMS Holdings (HMSY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... HP (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... KapStone (KS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH) upgraded at RW Baird... Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
09:03 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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