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January 27, 2014
04:55 EDTILMN, ILMN, AET, AET, AMGN, AMGN, NVS, NVS, ECYT, ECYT, CELG, CELG, LIFE, LIFE, OMED, OMED, MRK, MRK, CERN, CERN, TROV, TROV, UNH, UNHPersonalized Medicine World Conference to hold a conference
PMWC 2014 Silicon Valley is being held in Mountain View, California on January 26-28.
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April 21, 2015
13:51 EDTAMGNEarnings Watch: Amgen's Enbrel, Neulasta sales key for Q1 results
Amgen (AMGN) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, April 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amgen, a biotechnology medicines company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of human therapeutic products in the areas of supportive cancer care, inflammation, nephrology, and bone diseases. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.10 on revenue of $4.91B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.91-$2.25 on revenue of $4.62B-$5.13B. LAST QUARTER: Amgen reported fourth quarter EPS of $2.16 against estimates of $2.05 on revenue of $5.33B against estimates of $5.2B. With its Q4 report, Amgen also reiterated its fiscal year EPS view of 9.05-$9.40, on revenue of of $20.8B-$21.3B. Total product sales increased 8% for Q4 versus Q4 of 2013. The increase was driven primarily by Enbrel, Neulasta, Prolia, XGEVA and Vectibix .Growth for the quarter was due primarily to higher unit demand, and to a lesser extent, price. Product sales increased 6% for the full year driven by strong performance across the portfolio. STREET RESEARCH: On March 23, Piper Jaffray said the "positive" trial data Teva (TEVA) reported for its anti-CGRP antibody in migraines is another important validation for the class of drugs that is also being worked on by Amgen, Eli Lilly (LLY), and Alder Biopharmaceuticals (ALDR). The firm said it thinks Amgen is one of the leaders in CGRP antibody space and reiterated its Overweight rating and $187 price target on Amgen shares. On March 16, RBC Capital said it believes that data presented by Amgen on its evolocumab drug for hyperlipidemia.was "very positive." The firm expects the drug to be approved in late summer. It predicts that revenue from the drug will ramp modestly and steadily, and then accelerate after positive studies of the drug's effects are released in 2017. RBC Capital estimates that worldwide revenue from the drug will peak at $2.5B+. It keeps an Outperform rating on Amgen. PRICE ACTION: Amgen shares are higher by around 6% since its last earnings report on January 27, and are up 1.25% to to $168.06 in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report.
13:06 EDTOMEDOncoMed presents data on stem cell programs at AACR
OncoMed Pharmaceuticals announced data from seven poster presentations at the American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting."We are pleased to have presented seven posters highlighting our ongoing discovery and development capabilities," said Paul J. Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed. "Leveraging our proprietary human tumor bank, human xenograft models and murine models, we have tested new combinations of our antibodies with standard-of-care chemotherapy and immunotherapy, as well as maximized optimal dosing regimens for these therapies. Our biomarker programs focus on patient selection for our clinical trials, and OncoMed continues to pursue breakthrough anti-cancer stem cell and immuno-oncology discoveries with multiple new targets and pathways."
08:30 EDTMRKMerck reaffirms commitment to developing medicines for infectious diseases
Merck reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to discovering and developing novel medicines in the global fight against infectious diseases, including infections caused by resistant bacteria and other pathogens. At this year’s 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, April 25-28 in Copenhagen, Denmark, researchers are scheduled to present more than 30 scientific data presentations on the company’s broad portfolio of marketed and investigational anti-infective medicines. Merck completed its acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Jan. 21, 2015, and continues to build on both companies’ work in infectious disease. Antimicrobial research remains an important area of focus. In addition to a combined portfolio of antibiotic and antifungal medicines, vaccines, and medicines for HIV and HCV, Merck has multiple programs that span discovery through late-stage development. In total, Merck currently has more than 15 ongoing clinical trials evaluating antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agents for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. These trials are projected to enroll approximately 8,000 patients.
05:26 EDTNVSNovartis says data shows Gilenya high efficacy
Novartis announced new analysis from the Phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II. The data showed that previously-treated patients with highly-active relapsing multiple sclerosis, or RMS, who were treated with Gilenya had a six-times greater likelihood of achieving 'no evidence of disease activity' across four key measures of disease activity compared to placebo over two years. This is referred to as NEDA4 and is achieved when a patient with RMS has no relapses, no new MRI lesions, no MS-related brain shrinkage and no disability progression. This analysis was the first time patients with highly-active RMS who had been treated in the previous year with an injectable therapy were assessed using the NEDA4 definition that includes brain shrinkage. Brain shrinkage is a marker of the widespread inflammatory damage in the central nervous system and is associated with accumulated loss of function. By using this updated NEDA4 definition, physicians are able to get a more complete picture of a patient's disease and response to treatment, which is crucial to identify the optimal therapy to slow short- and long-term disease progression. This is especially important for people with highly-active RMS, who are at a greater risk of relapses and future loss of function, and may therefore require a different treatment approach.
April 20, 2015
13:28 EDTILMNIllumina May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Illumina April call option implied volatility is at 89, May is at 48, June is at 34, September at 48; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 21.
12:31 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after China’s central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
11:44 EDTNVSCAR-T therapy stocks fall following cancer research meeting
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10:00 EDTCERNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTTROVTrovagene price target raised to $13 from $10 at Maxim
Maxim raised Buy rated Trovagene's price target to $13 following the presentation at the 2015 European Lung Cancer Conference demonstrating high clinical utility of its Precision Cancer platform.
09:20 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:35 EDTCERNCerner downgraded on valuation at SunTrust
As noted earlier, SunTrust downgraded Cerner to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation. Target remains $78.
08:05 EDTMRKTetraLogic, Merck enter into oncology clinical study collaboration
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07:20 EDTECYT, NVS, MRKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTNVSAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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06:21 EDTCERNCerner downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
April 19, 2015
19:35 EDTMRKMerck to swiftly repay $5B loan, explore acquisitions by late 2017, Reuters says
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15:21 EDTMRKMerck announces new data from Keytruda study
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14:59 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda 'superior' to ipilimumab for PFS in patients with melanoma
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14:47 EDTMRKMerck submits supplemental biologics license for Keytruda in lung cancer
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14:31 EDTMRKMerck reports 28% Keytruda response rate in 25 pleural mesothelioma patients
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