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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.
News For ITMN;ACHN;RCPT;BKW;THI;RHHBY;ADXS;MRK;GRUB;QIHU;CMTL From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
16:03 EDTRCPTCelgene completes acquisition of Receptos
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10:57 EDTQIHUOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:19 EDTRCPTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:51 EDTRHHBYRoche catching up fast to Bristol-Myers in immuno-oncology, says Jefferies
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August 26, 2015
10:00 EDTRCPT, GRUBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTRCPTReceptos downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
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08:53 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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08:05 EDTADXSAdvaxis enters licensing agreement with Knight Therapeutics
Advaxis announced that the company has entered into a licensing agreement with Knight Therapeutics to commercialize in Canada Advaxis's product portfolio including its three lead drug candidates: axalimogene filolisbac for human papilloma virus, or HPV,-associated cancers, ADXS-PSA for prostate cancer and ADXS-HER2 for HER2 expressing solid tumors. In connection with the licensing agreement, Knight is purchasing directly from Advaxis 359,454 shares at $13.91 per share, which represents a 7% premium to the price of Advaxis's common stock at market close on August 25. In addition, Sectoral Asset Management, a leading Canadian-based global healthcare investment advisor, is purchasing 1.44M shares at $13.91 per share directly from Advaxis on behalf of its clients. The combined gross proceeds to Advaxis from these direct investments is $25M.
07:44 EDTGRUBGrubHub downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded GrubHub to Equal Weight and lowered its price target to $32 from $42. The firm believes new start-ups, aided by venture capital funding, is making growth in non-core markets difficult, combined with slowing core growth from increasing saturation.
August 25, 2015
07:31 EDTRCPTCelgene announces expiration of tender offer for Receptos shares
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August 24, 2015
12:01 EDTRHHBYRoche buys nucleic acid purification technology from Lumora
Roche has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement with Lumora for products associated with the patent-protected Heat Elution technology for nucleic acid purification of multiple sample types including challenging formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor samples. Roche plans to explore integrating this technology into its sequencing workflow solution.
August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTMRK, RHHBYBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
10:32 EDTRCPTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTRHHBYUBS global healthcare analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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05:44 EDTMRKStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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August 20, 2015
11:49 EDTACHNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:33 EDTMRKLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:23 EDTADXSAdvaxis, MedImmune begin enrollment in axalimogene filolisbac Phase I/II study
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08:38 EDTMRKMerck says to present new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study
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05:46 EDTQIHUStocks with implied volatility movement; QIHU EOG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Qihoo 360 (QIHU) 45, EOG Resources (EOG) 35 according to iVolatility.
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