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August 25, 2014
10:40 EDTALIOF, ARIA, CELG, GSK, MNK, RHHBY, SNY, GILD, ITMNBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
Shares of a number of biopharmaceutical companies are climbing after drug maker Roche (RHHBY) agreed to buy its smaller peer, Intermune (ITMN). InterMune focuses on developing treatments for respiratory and orphan fibrotic diseases. WHAT'S NEW: Roche agreed to buy InterMune for $74 per share in an all-cash transaction, the companies announced yesterday. InterMune's stock closed at $53.80 on Friday and the takeover price represents a premium of 38% to InterMune's closing price on August 22 and a premium of 63% to InterMune's closing price on August 12, the companies stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 11, an investment blog, "Betaville," said that InterMune was rumored to be exploring strategic options. On August 13, Bloomberg reported that InterMune had received takeover bids from Roche, Sanofi (SNY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Actelion (ALIOF). InterMune was evaluating the bids, the news service stated at the time. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Bernstein wrote that the deal makes sense strategically for Roche. The transaction "rounds out" the company's respiratory based offerings and it makes sense for the company to diversify, according to the firm, which kept an Outperform rating on Roche. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, InterMune soared 36% to $73 and Roche shares trading in New York added 0.7% to $36.56. Meanwhile, Gilead (GILD) rose 2.6% to $106.67, Celgene (CELG) advanced 2% to $93.50, MannKind (MNKD) gained 3.4% to $7.36, and Ariad Pharmacticals (ARIA) climbed 3% to $6.09.
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January 28, 2016
12:20 EDTCELGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street have moved all over the place in a wild morning of trading. The averages opened sharply higher as oil prices rose above $34 a barrel. The Dow opened with triple digit gains but following reports from Iraq that it would increase oil production, and refutations of rumors that OPEC might cut production, the commodity began to weaken, taking equities with it. The averages turned negative and it looked like another rout might be in the making. Before the market fell too far, it gathered itself and moved back into positive ground and the major averages are now in the green, but not far from where they ended yesterday's session. 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 14.5% after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. Wall Street analysts were nearly unanimous in their praise following the report, with a number increasing their price targets for its shares... 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 about 2% this morning after the company jumped over its lowered profit hurdle... Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance, with eBay falling 13% and PayPal rising 7% near midday... The Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) fell over 2% at midday after a number of big-names in the space gave disappointing guidance. Celgene (CELG) fell 5% following its Q4 report and fiscal year outlook, while Abbott (ABT) dropped 8% in the wake of its own results and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kinder Morgan (KMI), which rallied 8.5% after it was upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. Also higher were Under Armour (UA), Dolby (DLB) and Deluxe (DLX), which gained 18%, 11% and 9%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was OSI Systems (OSIS), which fell 35% and was downgraded to Hold at BB&T following downbeat quarterly earnings. Also lower were Qualcomm (QCOM) and Discover (DFS), which each dropped about 7% after their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.37, or 0.01%, to 15,945.83, the Nasdaq was up 21.12, or 0.47%, to 4,489.28, and the S&P 500 was up 3.36, or 0.18%, to 1,886.31.
10:42 EDTCELGCelgene 2016 guidance looks beatable, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said Celgene reported strong Q4 growth and he believes its guidance for 2016 product sales growth and EPS both appear "achievable and surpassable", he tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst, who thinks the company still has one of the highest and most sustainable 5+ year growth outlooks as well as an attractive valuation, keeps an Overweight rating and $163 price target on the stock, which is down 4% to $98 in morning trading.
08:09 EDTCELGAlliqua announces partnership with Human Longevity
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07:36 EDTCELGCelgene sees Q1 adjusted EPS $1.27-$1.30, consensus $1.30
07:36 EDTCELGCelgene sees FY16 adjusted EPS $5.50-$5.70, consensus $5.69
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07:31 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.18, consensus $1.22
Reports Q4 revenue $2.56B, consensus $2.54B.
05:48 EDTRHHBYRoche expects 2016 sales to grow low- to mid-single digit
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05:48 EDTRHHBYRoche board recommends dividend increase to CHF 8.10 per share
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05:47 EDTRHHBYRoche reports FY15 core EPS CHF 13.49 vs. CHF 14.29 last year
05:46 EDTRHHBYRoche reports FY15 Group sales CHF 44.15B vs. CHF 47.46B last year
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05:37 EDTRHHBYAbbVie announces venetoclax granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by FDA
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTCELGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:29 EDTCELGCelgene technical remarks ahead of earnings news
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12:19 EDTCELG, RHHBYPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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11:07 EDTGILDGilead sinks as Attorney General probes pricing strategy
Shares of drugmaker Gilead (GILD) are underperforming after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey warned that her office may bring an unfair commercial conduct complaint against it related to the pricing for its Hepatitis C virus treatments Sovaldi and Harvoni. UNFAIR PRICING: Healey, in a letter addressed to Gilead CEO John Martin dated January 22 that has just been made public, said that her office is considering whether Gilead's pricing strategy for Sovaldi and Harvoni may constitute an "unfair trade practice" in violation of Massachusetts law. "Because Gilead's drugs offer a cure for a serious and life-threatening infectious disease, pricing the treatment in a manner that effectively allows HCV to continue spreading through vulnerable populations, as opposed to eradicating the disease altogether, results in massive public harm," Healey stated in her letter to Martin. Healey, who urged Gilead to adjust its pricing strategy, noted that the company has invoked the high cost and risk associated with research and development as a justification for its prices, but she said that Gilead quickly recouped its outlay to acquire Pharmasset by selling "$12.4B worth of HCV medication in the first year alone" after its deal. The AG, who said that Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill in the U.S. but only $10 per pill in Egypt and about $4 per pill in India, contends that American taxpayers "have been footing the bill for Gilead's record profits." FREQUENT TARGET: The pricing of Gilead's hep C treatments have been the focus of significant criticism and political rhetoric in the past. In December, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and senior committee member Chuck Grassley released the results of an 18-month investigation into the pricing and marketing of Sovaldi and Harvoni. The company "pursued a marketing strategy and final wholesale price of Sovaldi - $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a single course of treatment - that it believed would maximize revenue," and "fostering broad, affordable access was not a key consideration in the process of setting the wholesale prices," the senators wrote. Members of the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, who held a press conference last November to announce "meaningful action" to combat the "skyrocketing" costs of pharmaceuticals, specifically took aim at Sovaldi. During her campaigning efforts, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly decried the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs. OTHERS TO WATCH: AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) also market or are at work on therapies for hepatitis C. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gilead slid 2% to $90.35.
10:38 EDTGILDGilead trades near session lows
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09:02 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly and Roche to collaborate on Alzheimer's diagnostic tool
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08:52 EDTGILDMassachusetts AG warns Gilead hep C drug prices may be unfair, Boston Globe says
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January 26, 2016
15:53 EDTGILDGilead mentioned positively ahead of earnings at Barclays
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15:31 EDTSNYMannKind exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
MannKind (MNKD), whose shares have plunged 40% since Sanofi (SNY) terminated an agreement for the development and commercialization of inhaled insulin drug Afrezza, is now exploring its strategic options, including a potential sale, reported Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. MannKind shares are up about 20% to 90c in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
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