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June 9, 2014
11:29 EDTJNJ, ACHN, GILD, ABBV, IDIXHCV 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 19, 2014
06:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific trial set to start tomorrow, Reuters says
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05:44 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD KO
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November 18, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 18, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 28.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR KO PBR GILD according to Track Data.
10:08 EDTGILDGilead granted European Commission marketing authorization for Harvoni
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06:39 EDTABBVAstraZeneca: 'Hard to comment' on whether Pfizer will come back, Reuters reports
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:06 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
09:24 EDTABBVAbbVie to present data on investigational oncology compounds at ASH
AbbVie announced it will present data evaluating three investigational compounds from the company's oncology pipeline at the upcoming 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, or ASH, December 6-9. Data will be highlighted in 13 accepted abstracts, including several oral presentations detailing new trial results from the venetoclax program in acute myelogenous leukemia, elotuzumab in multiple myeloma, and duvelisib in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Meeting abstracts are available at the ASH website, the company said.
07:16 EDTJNJMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTABBVPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTABBVSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTABBVAbbVie presents ABT-414 study, will initiate randomized phase 2 trial of ABT-414
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16:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:53 EDTJNJ, GILD, ABBVCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
11:48 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with an Underperform at Sterne Agee... Carter's (CRI) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Container Store (TCS) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Genuine Parts (GPC) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... National Oilwell (NOV) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at UBS... NeoStem (NBS) assumed with a Buy at Maxim... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) initiated with a Buy at UBS... The Buckle (BKE) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... TriMas (TRS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TriplePoint Venture (TPVG) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... USD Partners (USDP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with a Buy at BB&T.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:14 EDTABBVAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
05:46 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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