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June 9, 2014
11:29 EDTACHN, GILD, ABBV, IDIX, JNJHCV 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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November 11, 2014
16:14 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including JAK inhibitors, novel Jakafi combinations for Myelofibrosis and developing compounds on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 10 am.
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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11:35 EDTGILDUBS holds a conference call with Gilead Sciences
UBS Biotech Analyst Roden, along with Dr. Bischofberger of Gilead Sciences, discuss the recently-held AASLD Meeting and the outlook of several GILD pipeline programs on a conference call to be held on November 13 at 4:30 pm.
09:06 EDTABBVAbbVie announces positive results from chronic hepatitis C patients study
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09:04 EDTABBVEnanta announces results from TURQUOISE-I, CORAL-I studies
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08:13 EDTABBVAbbVie announces positive results from Phase 2b study PEARL-I
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08:11 EDTABBVEnanta announces rseults from Phase 2b PEARL-I study
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08:07 EDTGILDGilead announces results from Phase 2 and 3 studies evaluating Harvoni
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08:05 EDTGILDGilead announces data from Phase 2 Sofosbuvir plus GS-5816 studies
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05:56 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME ACHN
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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12:24 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the marketís drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internetís success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributorís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
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09:35 EDTACHN, GILDActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTACHN, GILDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTGILDGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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07:44 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson looks for acquisitions to help expand in China, WSJ says
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07:20 EDTGILDGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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November 9, 2014
12:02 EDTACHNAchillion reports 100% SVR12 in a Phase 2 combination study with ACH-3102
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