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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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July 14, 2014
12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
10:00 EDTIDIXOptions with decreasing implied volatility: SHPG INFY CWH FDO IDIX FAST
09:34 EDTABBVAbbVie falls after revised Shire acquisition proposal, levels to watch
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09:28 EDTGILDCentene best positioned Medicaid pure play to post Q2 EPS beat, says Sterne Agee
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09:16 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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05:27 EDTABBVShire receives revised proposal from AbbVie of GPB 53.20 per share
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July 13, 2014
17:10 EDTABBVShire said to seek bid of near 53 pounds per share from AbbVie, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTABBVStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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15:59 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:13 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie didn't commit to further talks, Dow reports
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13:58 EDTABBVShire confirms meeting with AbbVie representatives
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11:54 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
11:34 EDTABBVShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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09:48 EDTGILDSenators make new request to Gilead for Sovaldi pricing details
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and senior Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley made public their request for detailed pricing information on Gilead's Sovaldi, a Hepatitis C virus drug. Wyden and Grassley have asked Gilead Sciences for information about Sovaldi, a drug developed to treat and cure HCV, they disclosed, stating, “Given the impact Sovaldi’s cost will have on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal spending, we need a better understanding of how your company arrived at the price for this drug." Reference Link
07:37 EDTGILDAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
Discussion entitled, "How Will We Pay for Cost of Cures" focuses on improving the development of transformative medicines and developing financing mechanisms to pay for them and is being held in Washington, D.C. on July 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:36 EDTGILD, JNJJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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06:29 EDTABBVAbbVie encourages largest Shire shareholders to pursue talks, Bloomberg says
Shire (SHPG) is hearing from its largest shareholders who are encouraging the company to come to the table and work out an agreement with AbbVie (ABBV), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. AbbVie is targeting Shire in a $51.1B takeover offer. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
09:40 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire not holding talks at this point as deadline approaches, CNBC says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are not holding talks at this point, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Shire confirmed two days ago that it has received AbbVie's latest, raised takeover offer and that its board will meet to consider the proposal.
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