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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.
News For IDIX;GILD;JNJ;ABBV;ACHN From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
07:13 EDTJNJBioFlorida to hold a conference
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06:07 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
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October 10, 2014
14:08 EDTGILDGilead 12-week regimen of Harvoni to cost $94.5K
Gilead said its newly-approved treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1 infection, Harvoni, will be priced at $94,500 for a full 12 week regiment, according to multiple media outlets, which cite a company spokesperson.
13:55 EDTGILDGilead confirms FDA approval of Harvoni
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13:42 EDTGILDGilead hepatitis C treatment Harvoni approved by FDA
The FDA announced the approval of Harvoni to treat chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection. Harvoni is the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection, the agency stated. It is also the first approved regimen that does not require administration with interferon or ribavirin, two FDA-approved drugs also used to treat HCV infection, it added. Harvoni is marketed by Gilead.
13:40 EDTGILDFDA approves Gilead hepatitus C treatment Harvoni
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10:01 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:19 EDTGILD, JNJMedivir announces Janssen initiates enrolment in phase II IMPACT study
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08:15 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports additional data from ATTAIN study
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07:21 EDTGILDFDA PDUFA Date for Gilead Sciences Sofosbuvir is October 10, 2014
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07:07 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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06:27 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
05:59 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 61, Achillion (ACHN) 200 according to iVolatility.
October 9, 2014
11:43 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD EWZ
Gilead (GILD) February 120 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38, MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) February 58 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
08:28 EDTGILD, ABBVGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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06:08 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 60, Achillion (ACHN) 195 according to iVolatility.
October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTGILD, ACHNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:49 EDTGILD, ACHNAchillion, Gilead rise after late breaking abstract for AASLD posted
Shares of Achillion (ACHN) are higher after the company announced this morning that four abstracts have been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Among those four is a late breaker poster presentation providing updated results, including SVR12, from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study evaluating Achillion's second-generation NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, without ribavirin, for eight weeks of treatment in patients with treatment-na´ve genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Sofosbuvir is sold under the brand name Sovaldi by Gilead Sciences (GILD). In a note to investors, FBR Capital noted that the "surprise" late-breaking poster for the meeting showed a 100% cure rate for the combination therapy. In late afternoon trading, Achillion shares are up 10% to $10.74 while Gilead is up 4.3% to $108.78.
07:18 EDTGILD, ABBVInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
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