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August 25, 2014
10:40 EDTSNY, GILD, ITMN, ALIOF, ARIA, CELG, GSK, MNK, RHHBYBiotechs 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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June 25, 2015
14:03 EDTSNYSanofi initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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14:03 EDTRHHBYRoche initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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14:01 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline initiated with a Buy at HSBC
Price target GBP 17.
14:00 EDTALIOFActelion initiated with a Hold at HSBC
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09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NFLX AMZN BAC CVX TWTR INTC GILD BBBY
June 24, 2015
13:37 EDTGSKGSK says CDC committee votedfor meningococcal group B vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted for a Category B recommendation for meningococcal group B vaccination, including Bexsero, in individuals aged 16 to 23. Bexsero was approved by the FDA in January for use in individuals aged 10 through 25 years and acquired by GSK in March following the closure of the three-part transaction with Novartis (NVS).
09:07 EDTRHHBYCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
14:10 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $150 from $130 at Argus
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11:12 EDTMNKMallinckrodt management to meet with Guggenheim
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07:25 EDTGSKPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
09:40 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:01 EDTGSKPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
06:40 EDTGILDPatent linked to Gilead's Solvadi rejected by China, Reuters reports
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June 18, 2015
13:08 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in Minneapolis on June 23 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
07:36 EDTGILDReceptos remains an attractive takeover candidate, says Leerink
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06:57 EDTMNKMallinckrodt says Questcor facing multi-state antitrust probe
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June 17, 2015
07:32 EDTCELGCelgene announces additional $4B share repurchase authorization
Celgene Corporation announced that during its June meeting the company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $4B of the company's common stock. This open-ended program is effective immediately. Purchases may be made in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions from time to time, as determined by Celgene's management and in accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Celgene now has a total of approximately $5.2B remaining from previous authorizations plus the new authorization. Since 2009, Celgene has returned approximately $12.3B to shareholders through the repurchase program.
07:21 EDTMNKGeneric ADHD drugs still sold despite FDA non-equivalance finding, NYT reports
The FDA announced last November that two generic versions of Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Concerta ADHD drug, one made by Mallinckrodt (MNK) and the other by UCB, could no longer be considered the equivalent of the branded drug after tests and analyses suggested that their effectiveness began to wear off much more quickly, but the drugs are still being sold despite an FDA mandated deadline having passed for the companies to either prove the drugs were equivalent or remove them from the market, said The New York Times. The report noted a third generic product, sold by Actavis (AGN), was found to be equivalent to the branded Concerta. Reference Link
07:14 EDTRHHBYProthena announces PRX002 was safe, well tolerated
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