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January 9, 2014
10:29 EDTJNJ, SNY, 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 21, 2014
07:11 EDTSNYInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTABBVGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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06:10 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; ABBV JOY
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July 18, 2014
18:04 EDTABBVAbbVie purchase of Shire worth the premium, Barron's reports
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16:47 EDTABBVMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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13:46 EDTABBVAbbVie price target raised to $85 from $71 at Jefferies
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10:34 EDTABBVShire downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Shire (SHPG) is being acquired by AbbVie (ABBV).
10:30 EDTABBVAbbVie says can't back out of Shire deal based on tax law change, Bloomberg says
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09:29 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire says merger should help in enhanced buyback and dividend programs
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05:17 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire agree on merger worth GBP32B pounds
The boards of AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended combination of Shire with AbbVie. Under the terms of the Merger, Shire shareholders will be entitled to receive per share GBP 24.44 in cash and 0.8960 new AbbVie shares. Immediately following the transaction, Shire shareholders are expected to hold new AbbVie Shares representing approximately 25% of the issued share capital of new AbbVie. AbbVie expects the transaction to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in the first year following completion, growing to above $1.00 per share by 2020, with "material ongoing financial and operating benefits." The AbbVie board also expects the transaction to reduce New AbbVie's effective tax rate to approximately 13% by 2016. The Shire board said it "considers the terms of the Transaction to be fair and reasonable." In order to undertake the transaction, AbbVie has formed a new company, New AbbVie, which is incorporated in Jersey, Shire's current place of incorporation. Following completion of the Transaction, New AbbVie will become the holding company of the Shire Group and the AbbVie Group. It is intended that the New AbbVie Shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
05:12 EDTABBVAbbVie to acquire Shire for 52.48 pounds per share in cash, stock
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July 17, 2014
14:54 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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12:56 EDTABBVAbbVie set to announce GBP 31B deal to buy Shire, FT says
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12:54 EDTABBVAbbVie set to announce GBP 31B deal to buy Shire, FT says
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10:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports 18% passive stake in Minerva
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05:53 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF ABBV
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 52, AbbVie (ABBV) 30 according to iVolatility.
July 16, 2014
09:03 EDTSNYSanofi held talks on mature drugs with Abbott, Mylan, PE firms, Reuters says
Sanofi (SNY) has shopped an $8.5B portfolio of mature drugs to Abbott (ABT), Mylan (MYL) and private equity firms, according to Reuters, citing an internal company document circulated by the CGT union. Sanofi is considering whether to sell, carve out or create a joint venture for the portfolio of about 200 drugs, but a Sanofi spokesman said no decision has yet been made, the report noted. Reference Link
08:55 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
Leerink views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Johnson & Johnson as a buying opportunity. The firm expects "several" more quarters of outperformance and raised its price target for the stock to $115 from $110. It keeps an Outperform rating on J&J.
07:59 EDTABBVTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Johnson & Johnson reported strong Q2 results, and the company raised its estimates for the company. The firm continues to recommend buying the stock on pullbacks.
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