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November 12, 2012
16:21 EDTJEF, JCP, GSK, SRPT, GILD, UNH, TRV, NYX, PCP, TIE, LUK, CLVSOn 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, China’s 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 nation’s 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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September 24, 2014
06:45 EDTUNHGovernment says more health insurers to enter exchanges in 2015, NY Times says
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05:12 EDTGILDGilead submits NDA to Japan for fixed-dose combination of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir
Gilead Sciences announced that the company has submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency, or PMDA, for approval of an investigational once-daily fixed-dose combination of the NS5A inhibitor ledipasvir, or LDV, 90 mg and the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, or SOF, 400 mg for the treatment of chronic genotype 1 hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection in adults. The data submitted in the NDA, which include a Japanese Phase 3 study showing 100 percent SVR12 rates, support the use of LDV/SOF for 12 weeks in treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced patients with chronic genotype 1 HCV infection, including those with cirrhosis. Patients who achieve SVR12 are cured of HCV infection. If approved, LDV/SOF would simplify HCV treatment for genotype 1 patients in Japan to one daily tablet, eliminating the need for interferon and ribavirin, or RBV. LDV/SOF is currently under regulatory review in the United States and European Union.
September 23, 2014
08:29 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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08:07 EDTUNH, GILD, GSKFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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September 22, 2014
11:38 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP TWTR
J.C. Penney (JCP) February 12 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 45, Twitter (TWTR) January 62.5 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 46 according to IVolatility.
10:15 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:15 EDTGILDIntercept recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Summer Street
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07:21 EDTGSKEBD Group to hold a conference
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05:27 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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September 19, 2014
15:20 EDTSRPTSarepta sees start of large DMD trial delayed, Boston Business Journal reports
Sarepta CEO Chris Garabedian previously has said that dosing in a large confirmatory trial for its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen would begin before the end of September, but he now sees dosing to begin in October or November due to delays “outside the company” with contract research and manufacturing partners, according to Boston Business Journal, citing an interview with the executive. Shares of Sarepta are down 4% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
15:16 EDTSRPTSarepta CEO says start of main DMD trial delayed, Boston Business Journal says
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11:26 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; TSLA GILD
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTUNHGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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06:25 EDTGILDGilead granted marketing aurhotization from European Commission for Zydelig
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06:11 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $139 from $111 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Gilead shares to $139 saying management looks "very optimistic" that FY15 hepatitis C treatment volumes could be up substantially over FY14 rates globally. Citi also expects recent buybacks to boost Q4 earnings substantially and that future stock buybacks will drive appreciation. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
05:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline to pay GBP 297M fine to Chinese government
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September 18, 2014
12:12 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; PIR GILD
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12:07 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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08:17 EDTGILDGilead trial failure not material, says FBR Capital
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