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January 9, 2014
10:29 EDTSNY, JNJ, ABBVJohnson & Johnson advances after Jefferies upgrade
Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) are climbing after Jefferies upgraded its rating on the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Johnson & Johnson's stock has reached "a great entry point," Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford wrote in a note to investors. The execution of the company's pharmaceutical business continues to be excellent, Holford believes. The unit's growth is being driven by the company's Zytiga prostate cancer treatment and its Xarelto drug which is used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation, as well as another drug, Invokana, which improves glycemic control in some diabetes patients, the analyst contended. In the future Johnson & Johnson will also be helped by some of its new products, and investors are under-appreciating this upcoming catalyst, added Holford. Meanwhile, the company's consumer business should rebound, as its manufacturing issues should no longer have much of an impact on revenue, the analyst stated. The analyst is also more upbeat on the company's ibrutnib treatment for mantle cell lymphoma He upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the shares to $108 from $102. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Sanofi (SNY) is Holford's top European pick in the pharmaceutical market, while AbbVie (ABBV) is his top American pick. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Johnson & Johnson rose 70c, or 0.74%, to $94.84.
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July 24, 2015
09:36 EDTABBVAbbVie sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.05-$1.07, consensus $1.08
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09:33 EDTABBVAbbVie sees FY15 Lupron sales roughly in line with 2014
AbbVie sees "modest growth" for Synthroid in FY15. Sees AndroGel sales "somewhat above" $500M for 2015.
09:21 EDTABBVAbbVie sees IMBRUVICA U.S. sales of about $1B for 2015
AbbVie Chairman and CEO Richard Gonzalez said the company continues to expect IMBRUVICA to drive U.S. sales of approximately $1B for the full calendar year 2015. Since the company completed the Pharmacyclics transaction, it has seen "additional positive data" and progress on its regulatory objectives, including readouts from two Phase 3 studies, HELIOS and RESONATE-2, noted Gonzalez during the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
07:56 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 Viekira sales $385M, Q2 Imbruvica sales $234M
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07:55 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 Global Humira sales up 16.4% to $3.54B
Strong U.S. HUMIRA growth continued, driven by double-digit growth across all three major market categories, rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology. Reported international HUMIRA sales growth in the quarter was reduced by nearly 18 percent due to unfavorable foreign exchange. First-half 2015 international HUMIRA sales grew nearly 9 percent on an operational basis, consistent with planning expectations and the full year forecast for international HUMIRA sales growth of 9 to 10 percent on an operational basis. As noted last quarter, the first-quarter international operational growth rate of nearly 15 percent was favorably impacted by the timing of shipments in select markets. Consequently, sales growth in the second quarter was negatively impacted by shipment timing.
07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie backs FY15 adjusted EPS $4.10-$4.30, consensus $4.24
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07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.08, consensus $1.06
Reports Q2 revenue $5.48B, consensus $5.62B
07:21 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi say CHMP recommends Euro approval of Praluent treatment
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent, recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. Praluent is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union in late September. The CHMP opinion was based on the benefit-risk profile of Praluent, following review of efficacy and safety data from more than 5,000 patients across 10 pivotal Phase 3 double-blind trials ranging from six months to two years. Clinical data from the ODYSSEY Phase 3 program show consistent, positive results in reducing LDL-C. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set a target action date of July 24 for the Biologics License Application of Praluent. The safety and efficacy of Praluent have not been fully evaluated by any other regulatory authority.
07:18 EDTSNYRegeneron and Sanofi's Praluent recommended for approval in Europe
Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent, recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. Praluent is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union in late September.
07:16 EDTSNYFDA PDUFA Date for Regeneron and Sanofi BLA for Praluent is July 24, 2015
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July 23, 2015
17:51 EDTJNJJanssen submits sNDA to update label for Olysio
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15:05 EDTABBVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
14:55 EDTABBVAbbVie technical comments before earnings news
The stock is trading close to its life high at $71.60 ahead of earnings news. On a 2-year chart basis recent high price and the near-matching high from December of last year indicates shares are at major resistance. If the news is a bearish surprise, these two peaks in price could be construed as potential double top. Next supports below $70 would be at $68.50, $66.52, and $64.81. If the news is a bullish surprise, the life high could easily be taken out. An extension of the current bullish price channel in time yields a potential target at $75. Without overhead resistance, that level could be exceeded depending on the nature of the news.
13:56 EDTABBVEarnings Watch: AbbVie sees Q2 EPS $1.04-$1.06
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July 22, 2015
10:15 EDTJNJThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland
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10:01 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:04 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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July 21, 2015
12:47 EDTSNYPiper confident in Regeneron approval by Friday
After Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha received marketing authorization in Europe, making it the first of the anti-PCSK9 antibody to be approved worldwide, Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expressed confidence that Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi's (SNY) anti-PCSK9 antibody Praluent will be approved by Friday's FDA action date. Tenthoff believes Praluent will eventually be a blockbuster drug, but anticipates the launch to be slow. He keeps a Neutral rating on Regeneron with a $484 price target.
July 17, 2015
09:04 EDTABBVAbbVie granted FDA orphan status for Viekira Pak in pediatric patients
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08:06 EDTABBVAbbVie, C2N Diagnostics announce orphan drug designation of C2N-8E12
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