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July 23, 2014
13:21 EDTINOInovio says ITT analysis achieved statistical significance in VGX-3100 trial
Inovio Pharmaceuticals disclosed in a regulatory filing that it supplemented the information included in its press release issued earlier today about its randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II trial of VGX-3100 in women with biopsy-proven cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2/3 associated with human papillomavirus types 16 or 18 by announcing through an electronic media statement that per protocol analysis measured subjects who received 3 doses of a 3-dose regimen. "An ITT, or intent-to-treat analysis, also achieved statistical significance," the company stated.
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February 8, 2016
07:25 EDTINOBiotech Industry Organization to hold a conference
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February 2, 2016
14:52 EDTINOZika virus acquired through sexual transmission reported in Dallas
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced it has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present, DCHHS reported. Publicly traded companies working on combating Zika include Inovio (INO), Cerus (CERS), NewLink (NLNK) and Intrexon (XON).
12:56 EDTINOMizuho downplays near-term Zika revenue potential for NewLink, Intrexon
The Zika virus and its link to microcephaly and fetal brain damage have exploded into public view and lead to several drugmakers announcing plans to fight the disease, but Mizuho analyst Eric Criscuolo downplayed the potential for Zika to truly move the needle for companies in the space in the near-term. PERIPHERAL OPPORTUNITIES: NewLink (NLNK) announced plans to develop treatment options for the Zika virus as the disease was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization this week. While the company "could" secure funding and partnerships for the project, Criscuolo does not view NewLink's Zika plans as core to its investment story, encouraging investors to instead evaluate the company on the basis of its HyperAcute and IDO programs. Meanwhile, Intrexon's (XON) efforts in mosquito population control have also gained attention amid the rise of Zika, whose primary transmission vector is the mosquito. Though even a small slice of global mosquito spending would represent "significant" revenue for Intrexon, Criscuolo cautions that the company's program is still in early stages, with attempts at a wider rollout likely encountering political, biological, financial and public opinion hurdles. Separately, the analyst said he wouldn't be surprised to see OraSure (OSUR) also attempt to develop a Zika test given the company's response to Ebola last year, though as with NewLink, Criscuolo believes any such effort would be peripheral to OraSure's primary businesses. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies involved in combating Zika include Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS). PRICE ACTION: Shares of NewLink are up roughly 5% to $25.63. Meanwhile, Intrexon has slipped 5.5% on Tuesday afternoon but is still up 15% over the last five trading days. Among others with links to Zika, OraSure is up fractionally, Inovio has fallen 7% and Cerus has dipped 1.4% this afternoon.
February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTINOWHO declares Zika virus to be global emergency, Reuters reports
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05:57 EDTINOInovio volatility elevated, developing vaccine for Zika virus infection
Inovio February call option implied volatility is at 108, March is at 100; compared to its 52-week range of 49 to 115, suggesting large price movement as the company develops a DNA-based vaccine for preventing and treating the Zika virus infection.
January 29, 2016
13:19 EDTINOOptions with increasing call volume: EXP FLIR SYN INO PBR VMEM EPI GILD EA
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10:03 EDTINOHigh option volume stocks: GIMO CSOD NAVI ALGN IMPV LC INO FMC VMW RCII
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09:21 EDTINOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
08:52 EDTINOInovio rises as CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) shares are rising again this morning as the Zika virus continues to gain attention and its CEO says the company is "ahead of the pack" in developing a vaccine to combat the disease. YEAR END TESTING POSSIBLE: Joseph Kim, CEO of Inovio, said making a vaccine available by the end of this year is aggressive, but possible, according to Reuters, which quoted Kim as saying, "I believe this will be the first to go into human testing. We believe we're ahead of the pack in the race for a Zika vaccine." WHAT'S NOTABLE: The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said the Zika virus, which has been linked to neurological ailments, especially in fetuses and newborns, is "now spreading explosively" in the Americas. WHO now predicts that Zika could infect as many as 4M people in the Americas. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Cerus (CERS) is also at work on combating Zika. A study, partially funded by Cerus, showed that amotosalen combined with UVA light inactivates Zika virus in fresh-frozen plasma, according to an earlier report. PRICE ACTION: Inovio shares, which gained over 7.5% yesterday, are up another 9% to $6.30 in pre-market trading.
January 28, 2016
16:40 EDTINOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of America's bellwether corporations and oil prices, which approached $34 a barrel. The market was unable to hold its opening gains and eventually crossed into negative territory. Before the losses became too big the averages reversed and moved back across the flat line. With oil holding onto its gains and closing above $33 a barrel, the averages closed in positive territory ahead of the next barrage of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% to $109.11 after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. Facebook management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster pointed out... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded 4.7% to $61.08 after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... Under Armour (UA), which had similarly been the focus of concern recently for some bearish analysts, posted better than expected results on the top and bottom line and backed its fiscal year revenue forecast, proving its doubters wrong and sending its share rocketing up 22.5% to $84.00. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Intrexon (XON), Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS), which gained a respective 10%, 7.6% and 1.4% as the ongoing Zika virus scare brought attention to the companies' efforts fighting the illness. Also higher were SolarCity (SCTY), Sunrun (RUN) and Vivint Solar (VSLR), with the solar stocks jumping 8.5%, 20.5% and 3.6%, respectively, after the California Public Utilities Commission approved new net-metering rules. Meanwhile, Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) rose 12.2% to $74.44 after announcing commercial availability of its Bendeka injection in partnership with Teva (TEVA). Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which lost 3.2% to $28.75 despite a pre-market spike after SpringOwl Asset Management urged the company to seek an investment from a strategic partner. The news was also followed by reports that CEO Marissa Mayer has started restructuring efforts with an "invest/maintain/kill" list, as well as news that Verizon (VZ) denied a report that it had bid for the company's core Internet business. Also lower were OSI Systems (OSIS), Qualcomm (QCOM) and eBay (EBAY), which fell a respective 31.8%, 8.3% and 12.5% following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 125.18, or 0.79%, to 16,069.64, the Nasdaq gained 38.51, or 0.86%, to 4,506.68, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.41, or 0.55%, to 1,893.36.
12:49 EDTINOCerus spikes as journal discusses treatment of Zika virus
Shares of Cerus (CERS) are rallying after a Transfusion journal article posted on Read Cube made its way through the investment community. The article describes a study, partially funded by Cerus, which showed that amotosalen combined with UVA light inactivates Zika virus in fresh-frozen plasma. Shares of Inovio (INO) are also higher today as news agencies report on more Zika virus cases. Cerus is up 36c to $5.55 in afternoon trading. Reference Link
07:16 EDTINOInovio, GeneOne initiate patient recruitment for MERS vaccine trial
Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced the beginning of recruitment for its collaborative vaccine study for MERS. Inovio and GeneOne Life Science Inc. are co-developing Inovio's MERS vaccine in partnership with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, where the trial is being conducted. The primary and secondary goals of this first-in-man phase I trial are to obtain safety and immunogenicity data. This trial represents the first MERS vaccine to be tested in humans for this disease that has no approved vaccines or treatments.

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