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November 12, 2012
16:21 EDTGSK, UNH, PCP, JEF, CLVS, SRPT, TRV, TIE, JCP, GILD, NYX, LUKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished virtually unchanged as the holiday held trading volumes down. With bond markets and banks being closed for Veterans Day the averages stayed within a narrow range on either side of the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S. no economic data was released. In Asia, Chinaís exports rose 11.6% in October, topping forecasts. However, Japan's gross domestic product fell an annualized 3.5% in the three months through September and economists predict the nationís economy will shrink again in the next quarter, meaning it will have moved into recession... COMPANY NEWS: Leucadia National (LUK) agreed to acquire the remaining 71.4% of Jefferies (JEF) it doesn't own for $17.66 per share in an all stock transaction and shares of Jefferies rose $2.00, or 14.02%, to $16.27. 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. Shares of Titanium Metals closed up $4.93, or 42.61%, to $16.50 and shares of Precision Castparts also advanced $8.36, or 4.88%, to $179.69... The NYSE (NYX) said that it is continuing to investigate issues that affected trading in 216 symbols. Affected symbols included Dow members Travelers (TRV) and United Health Care (UNH)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Gilead (GILD), up $8.91, or 13.71%, to $73.92 after the company reported that it did not detect hepatitis C virus, or HCV, in the RNA of 25 HCV patients four weeks after they were treated with the company's investigational drug. Also higher were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $4.38, or 19.25%, to $27.13 after a JMP Securities analyst said a Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that will compete with Sarepta's drug is unlikely be approved until 2014 or 2015. Among stocks trading lower was J.C. Penney (JCP), down $2.67, or 12.94%, to $17.97 as the stock continued its downtrend after last week's earnings miss and was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Also lower were shares of Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down $8.99, or 41.83%, to $12.50 after the company reported negative results from a cancer drug trial and said it would suspend all development of the drug pending further evaluation of the data... INDICES: The Dow gained 1.31, or 0.01%, to 12,816.70; the Nasdaq fell 0.61, or 0.02%, to 2,904.26; and the S&P 500 added 0.15, or 0.01%, to 1,380.00.
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April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTGILDGilead defended by analysts after recent pullback
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTGILDAttack on Gilead Sovaldi by Express Scripts 'noise,' says Maxim
After Bloomberg reported that Express Scripts (ESRX) said that it would attempt to build a coalition against the use of Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi once a rival drug is approved, Maxim views Express Scripts' statement as "noise." The firm says that Sovaldi is not the most expensive HCV drug, and reiterates its view that Sovaldi provides "compelling" value, when including the cost of failure rates in a cost/benefit analysis. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
07:56 EDTGILDGilead poised for strong earnings, says RW Baird
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07:23 EDTGILDEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
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April 8, 2014
14:44 EDTSRPTInvestors await eteplirsen news from Sarepta amid speculation, TheStreet says
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11:42 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; P JCP
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11:03 EDTGSKPiper Jaffray's biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharm Analyst Schimmer discusses PCSK9 Inhibitors and other atherosclerosis approaches on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AEGR, ALNY, AMGN, ARNA, AZN, BMY, CBST, LLY, ESPR, GSK, ICPT, ISIS, MNKD, MRK, OREX, PFE, REGN, RHHBY, SNY and VVUS may be included on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 10 at 3 pm.
10:18 EDTUNHCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTUNHLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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09:13 EDTSRPTSarepta April volatility increases to 166
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08:46 EDTGSKTeva announces first approval, launch of generic Lovaza capsules in the U.S.
Teva (TEVA) announces the approval of the generic equivalent to Lovaza in the United States. Teva believes it is first-to-file and thus far is the only company to receive an approval from FDA. Teva plans to commence shipping immediately. Lovaza Capsules, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had annual sales of approximately $1.1B in the United States, according to IMS data as of December 2013.
07:22 EDTGSKCaSA-ISPE to hold a conference
21st Annual Lilfe Sciences Technology Conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8.
April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTUNHCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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14:18 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports 14.1% stake in Applied Genetic Technologies
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11:11 EDTSRPTSarepta said to cancel appearance at Needham conference
Sarepta cancelled its appearance at Needham's conference tomorrow due to "other obligations," a re-tweet by The Street's Adam Feuerstein says, citing a confirmation from the company. Shares of Sarepta moved up 23c to $23.37 following circulation of the tweet.
09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTGILDGilead announecs FDA priority review designation for Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir
Gilead Sciences announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review to the companyís New Drug Application for a once-daily fixed-dose combination of the NS5A inhibitor ledipasvir 90 mg and the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir 400 mg for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 infection in adults. Gilead filed the NDA for LDV/SOF on February 10, and the FDA has set a target action date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of October 10. The FDA has also assigned LDV/SOF a Breakthrough Therapy designation.
06:28 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SWY JCP
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April 6, 2014
16:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline investigates bribery allegations in Iraq, WSJ says
GlaxoSmithKline is investigating allegations of bribery by employees in Iraq, says the Wall Street Journal, citing emails reviewed by the publication. Reference Link
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