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November 12, 2012
16:21 EDTJCP, GILD, NYX, LUK, GSK, UNH, PCP, JEF, CLVS, SRPT, TRV, TIEOn 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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April 11, 2014
14:26 EDTJCPCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
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12:04 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; AMZN GILD
Amazon.com (AMZN) May 380 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 43, Gilead (GILD) August 77 call option implied volatility decreased 15% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:58 EDTGILDGilead valuation attractive at current levels, says RBC Capital
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05:25 EDTGILDGilead announces 95% virologic suppression in HCV study
Gilead Sciences announced data from two Phase 2 studies and a compassionate access study in which a regimen containing once-daily Sovaldi 400 mg was administered for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in patients with advanced liver disease. The first study, Study GS-US-334-0125, is an ongoing open-label Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating HCV patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension, with or without decompensation, who were randomized 1:1 to an immediate treatment arm in which Sovaldi and ribavirin was administered for 48 weeks or to a deferred treatment arm in which this regimen was initiated after a 24-week observation period. Eighty percent of participants were treatment-experienced. Of the 22 patients who completed 24 weeks of therapy, 95% achieved virologic suppression on treatment. Additionally, patients taking Sovaldi-based therapy experienced trends in clinical and laboratory parameter improvements compared to patients in the observation arm. Sovaldi-based therapy was well tolerated in the study, and only one patient discontinued treatment due to an adverse event. The most common adverse events occurring in more than 25 percent of patients included nausea and pruritis.
April 10, 2014
13:12 EDTGILDGilead volatility increases on wide price movement
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11:44 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; PCLN GILD
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11:42 EDTGILD, GSKReport claims Tamiflu, Relenza do little to prevent the spread of flu
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10:24 EDTCLVSClovis volatility elevated
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07:24 EDTGILDInternational Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation to hold annual meeting
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05:37 EDTGILDGilead announces Phase 2 results for investigational sofosbuvir-based regimens
Gilead Sciences announced data from two Phase 2 studies evaluating investigational all-oral regimens containing the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, or SOF, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection. The first study, ELECTRON2, is an ongoing, open-label Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating a once-daily fixed-dose combination of SOF 400 mg and the NS5A inhibitor ledipasvir, or LDV, 90 mg, with and without ribavirin, or RBV, twice-daily, among HCV-infected patient populations. In this study, 100% of treatment-naïve genotype 3 patients receiving 12 weeks of LDV/SOF plus RBV and 64% of treatment-naïve genotype 3 patients receiving 12 weeks of LDV/SOF without RBV achieved a sustained virologic response 12 weeks after completing therapy. Among genotype 1-infected patients who had failed prior treatment with SOF plus RBV, 100% achieved SVR12 following 12 weeks of LDV/SOF plus RBV. Additionally, 65% of genotype 1-infected patients with decompensated or Child-Turcotte-Pugh Class B cirrhosis receiving 12 weeks of LDV/SOF without RBV achieved SVR12. LDV/SOF with and without RBV was well-tolerated, including among patients with more advanced liver disease. A second study, Study GS-US-342-0102, is an ongoing randomized Phase 2 clinical trial in which treatment-naïve, non-cirrhotic patients with genotypes 1-6 HCV infection received a 12-week course of SOF plus the pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor GS-5816. Patients received SOF 400 mg and either GS-5816 25 mg or GS-5816 100 mg. In this study, 94.8% of patients receiving the 25 mg dose of GS-5816 and 96.1% of patients receiving the 100 mg dose achieved SVR12.
05:32 EDTGILDGilead announces results from study of Sovaldi
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April 9, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:10 EDTLUKLeucadia CFO Joseph Orlando to retire for health reasons
Leucadia National Corporation announced that Joseph A. Orlando, its CFO, intends to retire by August 31 due to orthopedic health issues that require his attention. A search is underway to recruit Orlando’s successor.
11:51 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; AAL GILD
American Airlines (ALL) August 44 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Gilead (GILD) August 80 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 34 according to IVolatility.
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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