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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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September 5, 2014
12:02 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; DAL GILD
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11:47 EDTGILDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:36 EDTGILDGilead volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:18 EDTGILDGilead shares defended at Bernstein
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10:11 EDTGILDGilead slips after VP discusses low-cost Sovaldi for 80 countries
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10:05 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
09:51 EDTGILDGilead drops, trades in wide range
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09:50 EDTGILDGilead down 3.5% after reports of potential generic Sovaldi deal coming
09:49 EDTGILDGilead near deal for generic Sovaldi for developing countries, Bloomberg reports
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09:43 EDTGILDGilead drops 6%, or $6.41, to $100.45
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA YHOO WFM SLW ABX GOOG FB BIDU
08:41 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Target $118.
05:59 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ACHN MCD
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September 4, 2014
11:30 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; AAL GILD
American Airlines (AAL) November 44 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 39, Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 40 according to IVolatility.
11:05 EDTJNJJ&J unit Janssen receives orphan status for whipworm treatment
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:52 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:38 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $21-$25 from $17-$20 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Infinity (INFY) after the company announced a global development and commercialization oncology agreement with AbbVie (ABBV) for duvelisib. The firm thinks the financial terms of the deal are favorably for Infinity, and significantly lower the risk presented by Infinity's stock. It raised its estimate of the drug's chances of success to 75% from 65% and keeps an Outperform rating on Infinity.
07:21 EDTGILDMedidata can obtain major new platform customers, says Stifel
Noting that Medidata (MDSO) partners with Veeva, Stifel believes that a number of Veeva (VEEV) customers could become Medidata platform customers, especially if they already use Medidata for R&D and clinical trial solutions. The firm identifies Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), and Teva (TEVA) as companies that may become platform clients for Medidata. Stifel keeps a $55 price target and Buy rating on Medidata.
05:23 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to fast-track development of Ebola combination vaccine regimen
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