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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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April 14, 2015
09:16 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says FY15 guidance doesn't include biosimilar compeition
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09:16 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 EPS constant currency $6.64-46.79
Sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.04-6.19. The company had previously announced FY15 adjusted EPS $6.12-$6.27. FY15 EPS consensus $6.16
09:13 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), up 1%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up marginally... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM), up 4.2%... Fastenal (FAST), up 5%. ALSO HIGHER: Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics (BCLI), up 13.5% after announcing that it will present NurOwn Phase 2a clinical data at the Academy of Neurology annual meeting... Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 7.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Solazyme (SZYM), up 7.5% after announcing a strategic agreement with Flotek (FTK)... Cleveland BioLabs (CBLI), up 6.8% after receiving funding recommendation from the Department of Defense... Nordic American Tanker (NAT), up 3.2% after raising quarterly dividend to 38c from 22c... Ocwen (OCN), up 3.8% after reporting preliminary fiscal 2014 results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down just under 1%. ALSO LOWER: Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 5.8% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII), down 14.3% after filing to sell $20M of common stock and warrants... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
08:57 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson backs FY15 sales $75B-$76B
Including foreign exchange, sees reported sales $70B-$71B. Consensus is $71.16B. Backs FY15 net interest expense $450M-$550M. Raises FY15 net other income expense to $2B-$2.1B from $1.5B-$1.6B. Expects R&D tax credit will be renewed by Congress. Raises FY15 effective tax rate to 21%-22% from 20%-21%. If the tax credit is not approved, it will negatively impact the tax rate by 0.5%. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 Worldwide Consumer sales $3.4B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson cuts FY15 adjusted EPS to $6.04-$6.19 from $6.12-$6.27
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 domestic sales up 5.9% to $8.69B
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07:45 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.56, consensus $1.54
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April 13, 2015
17:10 EDTJNJIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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16:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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15:38 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson April 100 straddle priced for 2.2% movement into Q1
14:07 EDTABBV, JNJEarnings Watch: Johnson & Johnson shares down slightly since last earnings
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13:28 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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11:12 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
Leading up to earnings, the shares have been trading in a narrow range largely bound by $98 at the low and $103 at the high. This trading range was preceded by a decline from the 52-week high set back in the fall of 2014. In a longer time frame, the current trading action is part of a larger potential topping process, with $95 as the midpoint. On worse than expected news, the low bound at $98 would be first important support. A breakdown below $98 would see next support at $95. A move below $95 would confirm the topping process and break the long-term uptrend. Support below $95 would be at $93.94. If results and outlook are better than expected, first resistance would be at the top of the range at $103. Next resistance would then be at $105.36. A move above that level would see $107.10, and then 52-week high and life high at $109.49 as next potential upside objectives.
10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:34 EDTABBVAbbVie upgraded on Imbruvica outlook at BMO Capital
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07:02 EDTABBVAbbVie upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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