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November 12, 2012
12:08 EDTJEF, ACHN, CLVS, GSK, SRPT, SHW, BZH, DHI, PCP, TIE, NLY, CXS, LUK, GILDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The averages were lower but not far from their starting point at midday amid light holiday trading volume. The market began the session slightly higher but was unable to gain upside momentum. The averages ultimately crossed into negative territory but have managed to stay in a narrow trading range and remain within striking distance of the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., bond markets and banks are closed in observance of Veterans Day and no economic data was released. Over the weekend in Europe, Greece’s 2013 budget was approved but euro area finance ministers are unlikely to approve the next batch of loans to Greece at their meeting today, according to media reports. In Asia, China’s exports rose 11.6% in October, which was their fastest growth rate since May and exceeded forecasts. Elsewhere in the region, Japan's gross domestic product fell an annualized 3.5% in the three months through September and economists predict the nation’s economy will shrink again in the next quarter, leading to its third technical recession since 2008... COMPANY NEWS: Mergers dominated the domestic headlines, as Leucadia National (LUK) agreed to acquire the remaining 71.4% of Jefferies (JEF) it doesn’t own for about $3.7B, or $17.66 per share, in an all stock transaction. Annaly Capital Management (NLY) struck a deal to pay $12.50 per share for the remaining shares of CreXus (CXS). Also, after Friday's closing bell, Precision Castparts (PCP) announced a deal to buy Titanium Metals (TIE) for $16.50 per share, or $2.9B, a 43% premium to its closing price that day... Two homebuilders, D.R. Horton (DHI) and Beazer Homes (BZH), both declined following their quarterly reports. D.R. Horton's earnings beat consensus and its net sales orders climbed 24% but shares slid 3%. Beazer reported stronger than expected revenue but a wider than expected loss and its shares plunged 15%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sherwin-Williams (SHW), which rose 6% following its agreement to buy privately held Comex for $2.34B to gain a bigger presence in Mexico. Also higher were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which climbed over 13% after a JMP Securities analyst said a Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that will compete with Sarepta's eteplirsen is unlikely be approved until 2014 or 2015. Among the noteworthy losers were Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down more than 35% after a trial of one of its drugs failed to meet its primary or secondary endpoints, and Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down almost 12% after its competitor Gilead (GILD) reported positive hepatitis C virus data... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 22.64, or 0.18%, to 12,792.75; the Nasdaq was down 5.78, or 0.20%, to 2,899.09; and the S&P 500 was down 1.97, or 0.14%, to 1,377.88.
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July 17, 2014
07:04 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams raises FY14 EPS to $8.50-$8.70, consensus $8.49
Sees FY14 net sales growth 8%-13%, consensus $11.13B; This annual guidance includes our expectation that the Comex acquisition will increase net sales by a low single digit percentage in the year and negatively impact diluted net income per common share $.35 per share in 2014.
07:03 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams sees Q3 EPS $3.15-$3.25, consensus $3.06
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07:03 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams reports Q2 EPS $2.94, consensus $2.93
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06:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline admits to bribing Chinese officials in 2001, FT reports
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July 16, 2014
11:57 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD YHOO
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07:14 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) has earned a $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) related to the advancement of the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug in development with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $27M in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. If GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license the ISIS-TTRRx program, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
05:38 EDTGSKGSK, Theravance initiate Phase III IMPACT study
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. IMPACT is the first pivotal phase III study in a programme to evaluate a once-daily closed triple combination treatment of an inhaled corticosteroid, or ICS; a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, or LAMA; and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, or LABA, in patients with COPD. The IMPACT study will enrol approximately 10,000 patients and assess whether the combination of FF, or fluticasone furoate, an ICS, UMEC, or umeclidinium, a LAMA, and VI, or vilanterol, a LABA, all delivered in GSK's Ellipta inhaler, can reduce the annual rate of moderate and severe exacerbations compared with two approved once daily COPD treatments, Relvar/Breo Ellipta, FF/VI, which is an ICS/LABA combination, and Anoro Ellipta, UMEC/VI, which is a LAMA/LABA combination.
July 15, 2014
12:21 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
09:21 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:16 EDTPCPCredit Suisse events at Farnborough Air Show
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July 14, 2014
21:08 EDTGSKCodexis to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the strategic collaboration and license agreement with GSK will be held on July 15 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
16:06 EDTGSKCodexis announces $25M collaboration, license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline
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14:43 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams downgraded earlier to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe
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09:28 EDTGILDCentene best positioned Medicaid pure play to post Q2 EPS beat, says Sterne Agee
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06:17 EDTGSKXinhua: China indicts two GSK foreign investigators, The Guardian reports
Prosecutors in China have indicted two foreign investigators, British national Peter Humphrey and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, linked to GlaxoSmithKline, for illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens, reports The Guardian. Citing state media news agency Xinhua, the case is the first indictment by Chinese prosecutors against foreigners for illegal investigation. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
15:59 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
09:48 EDTGILDSenators make new request to Gilead for Sovaldi pricing details
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and senior Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley made public their request for detailed pricing information on Gilead's Sovaldi, a Hepatitis C virus drug. Wyden and Grassley have asked Gilead Sciences for information about Sovaldi, a drug developed to treat and cure HCV, they disclosed, stating, “Given the impact Sovaldi’s cost will have on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal spending, we need a better understanding of how your company arrived at the price for this drug." Reference Link
09:21 EDTSRPTRW Baird remains bullish on Sarepta after 144 week DMD data
Baird said Sarepta's 144 week data for eteplirsen did not necessarily help reinforce its NDA filing, but the firm still thinks the drug's ability to delay disease progression is demonstrated by the data. The firm maintains its bullish view of the stock and keeps an Outperform rating and $53 price target on Sarepta.
07:37 EDTGILDAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
Discussion entitled, "How Will We Pay for Cost of Cures" focuses on improving the development of transformative medicines and developing financing mechanisms to pay for them and is being held in Washington, D.C. on July 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:36 EDTGILDJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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