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January 18, 2013
10:58 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: Johnson & Johnson at five-year high ahead of Q4 report
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report Q4 results before the open on Tuesday January 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.17 on revenue of $17.67B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.13-$1.23 on revenue of $17.46B-$17.98B... LAST QUARTER: J&J reported Q3 EPS $1.25 against estimates of $1.21 on revenue of $17.1B against estimates of $16.95B. In its Q3 report, the company gave FY12 EPS guidance of $5.05-$5.10 compared to estimates of $5.06. J&J cited by Remicade, Prezista, Velcade as Q3 growth drivers but noted that Q3 sales were hurt by manufacturing suspension at Doxil/Caelyx supplier. During the Q3 earnings conference call CFO Dominic Caruso said U.S. healthcare utilization rates show early signs of stabilization and U.S. joint reconstruction volumes appear to have improved in the latest data but cautioned that although some positive signs can be seen, it is "still too early to signal any meaningful recovery"... STREET RESEARCH: In the last two months, analysts have been generally positive on J&J. On January 4, Deutsche Bank upgraded Johnson & Johnson to Buy from Hold, citing the company's diversification and expectations the company will see improving trends in 2013. The firm raised its price target for shares to $82 from $75. On December 10, Davenport upgraded the shares to Buy from Neutral with an $80 price target... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson and Johnson are trading near a five-year high of ~$73. The shares rose from around $69 per share to $72.74 on Q3 earnings in October, and have since rallied approximately 5% to $72.94.
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14:04 EDTJNJWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
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August 28, 2014
17:42 EDTJNJJ&J begins sales process for its medical device unit Cordis, WSJ says
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August 25, 2014
08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTJNJIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”

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