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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTGRUB, RHHBY, RCPT, CMTL, MRK, THI, ACHN, QIHU, ADXS, BKW, ITMNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
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November 20, 2014
07:38 EDTADXSAdvaxis to receive $1.7M through NJ NOL program
Advaxis announced it has received preliminary approval for a $1.9M tax credit from the New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer, or NOL, Program for the year 2014. The company anticipates that it will be able to transfer this credit and receive approximately $1.7M in cash in mid-December.
07:11 EDTMRKBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 19, 2014
08:03 EDTRHHBYPTC to receive $10M milestone payment from Roche as SMA program advances
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07:52 EDTMRK, RHHBYInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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06:06 EDTRCPTReceptos 3.6M share Secondary priced at $100.00
The deal size was increased to $360M from $325M. Credit Suisse and Leerink acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
05:44 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD KO
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November 18, 2014
14:59 EDTRHHBYRanbaxy sues FDA for rescinding approval of Nexium, Valcyte copies, Reuters says
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12:42 EDTRCPTReceptos volatility at low end of range
Receptos overall option implied volatility of 53 compares to its 8-week average of 61 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
11:22 EDTRHHBYTeva patent victory over Warner Chilcott, Roche affirmed
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a district court was correct to grant summary judgment to Teva (TEVA) in a patent dispute with Warner Chilcott and Roche (RHHBY) over patents related to osteoporosis drug risedronate.
06:39 EDTMRKAstraZeneca: 'Hard to comment' on whether Pfizer will come back, Reuters reports
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November 17, 2014
16:02 EDTRCPTReceptos files to sell common stock, no amount given
Receptos intends to use the net proceeds received from this offering to fund continued development of its product candidate RPC1063 in ongoing and planned clinical trials for Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease, continued development of its in-licensed product candidate RPC4046 in an ongoing clinical trial for Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ongoing preclinical and research programs, and working capital and other general corporate purposes. Credit Suisse Securities and Leerink Partners LLC are acting as joint lead book-running managers for the offering. Evercore Group L.L.C. and BMO Capital Markets Corp. are acting as book-running managers. Wedbush PacGrow Life Sciences and Nomura Securities International, Inc. are acting as co-managers.
11:55 EDTMRKMerck says IMPROVE-IT study met all primary, secondary endpoints
Merck announced that the investigational IMPROVE-IT study met its primary and all secondary composite efficacy endpoints. In IMPROVE-IT, patients taking the LDL-cholesterol-lowering medicine VYTORIN which combines simvastatin with the non-statin ZETIA -- experienced significantly fewer major cardiovascular events than patients treated with simvastatin alone. The results from this 18,144-patient study of high-risk patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes were presented today during the late-breaking clinical trials session at the American Heart Association 2014 Scientific Sessions. Merck plans to submit the data from IMPROVE-IT to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in mid-2015 to support a new indication for reduction of major cardiovascular events for VYTORIN and ZETIA. VYTORIN and ZETIA are currently indicated for use along with a healthy diet to reduce elevated LDL cholesterol in patients with hyperlipidemia. The current U.S. Prescribing Information for both products states that the effect of ezetimibe on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, alone or incremental to statin therapy, has not been determined.
10:41 EDTRCPTReceptos 'priced beyond perfection,' may offer shares, TheStreetSweeper says
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10:27 EDTRCPTReceptos mentioned cautiously by TheStreetSweeper
08:34 EDTMRKMerck says IMPROVE-IT met primary endpoint
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05:30 EDTRHHBYInovio, Roche terminate collaboration for INO-5150
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November 16, 2014
13:26 EDTMRKMerck: KEYTRUDA showed superiority to chemotherapy for primary endpoint of PFS
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November 14, 2014
14:53 EDTRHHBY, MRKCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
13:27 EDTRHHBYRoche reports FDA nod for Avastin in platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer
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11:46 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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