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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTQIHU, ADXS, BKW, ITMN, GRUB, RHHBY, RCPT, CMTL, MRK, THI, ACHNOn 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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January 13, 2015
08:08 EDTMRKEli Lilly, Merck enter collaborationa greement to evaluate Keytruda, compounds
Merck (MRK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced an oncology clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of KEYTRUDA, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in combination with Lilly compounds in multiple clinical trials: Merck will conduct a Phase 2 study examining the combination of pembrolizumab with pemetrexed in first-line non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer. This study is currently enrolling. Lilly will conduct a multiple-arm Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of ramucirumab with pembrolizumab in multiple tumors. This study is anticipated to begin in 2015. Lilly will conduct a Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of necitumumab with pembrolizumab in NSCLC. This study is anticipated to begin in 2015. The agreement is between Lilly and Merck, through a subsidiary. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:51 EDTRHHBYRoche deal positive, says Bernstein
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06:29 EDTRHHBYRoche obtains rights to drug that strengthens antibiotics
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06:18 EDTRHHBYSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:10 EDTACHNAchillion implied volatility of 98 at lower end of index mean range
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January 12, 2015
16:32 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
12:46 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:37 EDTMRK, RHHBYShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space 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).
07:38 EDTADXSAdvaxis anticipates four new trials to start in FY15
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07:21 EDTITMN, MRKEBD Group to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTMRKMerck sees NDA submission for Hepatitis C combination regimen in 1H15
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07:05 EDTMRKMerck says targeted cost savings on track to be realized by end 2015
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck sees NDA submission for Hepatitis C combination regimen in 1H15
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07:03 EDTMRKMerck says targeted cost savings on track to be realized by end 2015
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06:53 EDTMRKMerck to speed up plans for drug submission, WSJ says
Merck is speeding up its plans to submit new drugs for lung cancer and hepatitis C for regulatory approval, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company will file an application with the FDA around the mid-2015 to expand the use of Keytruda, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:40 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine to host conference call
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06:22 EDTMRKWHO approves 2 ebola vaccines to enter West Africa trials, Financial Times says
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05:25 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine up 100.6% following transaction with Roche
05:22 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine announces strategic collaboration with Roche
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05:21 EDTRHHBYRoche to acquire majority interest in Foundation Medicine for $50 per share
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