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March 27, 2015
16:43 EDTINTCMarket finishes week lower as Yemen conflict, data weigh on shares
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16:23 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks opened slightly higher but were unable to gather any upside momentum. They quickly crossed into negative territory but never really picked up speed to the downside. After the slightly better than expected consumer confidence reading, the averages moved back into positive ground where they spent most of the session hovering near the flat line. Near the close, comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen that an interest rate hike "may be warranted later this year," lifted the averages into positive territory. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., real GDP growth was steady at 2.2% in Q4, falling below consensus forecasts for 2.4% growth. GDP price index grew 0.1% on a linked quarter basis, matching expectations. U.S. consumer sentiment fell to 93.0 against consensus of 92.1. The current conditions index dipped to 105.0 from February's 106.9, while the consumer expectations index dropped to 85.3 from 88.0. COMPANY NEWS: Dow Chemical (DOW) and Olin (OLN) were up 3% and 14%, respectively, after announcing that Dow will separate much of its chlorine value chain and merge the entity with Olin in a $5B deal. Additionally, the companies announced a 20-year arrangement in which Dow will supply Olin with ethylene. Late in the session, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel (INTC) was in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR), sending both stocks higher by 6% and 28%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Carnival (CCL), which rose over 6% after beating earnings expectations and raising FY15 revenue yield guidance. Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), jumping 11% after speculation of a Shire (SHPG) takeover deal. Among the noteworthy losers was Southern Cooper (SCCO), which fell nearly 4% after the company cancelled its Tia Maria mining project. Also lower was OvaScience (OVAS), down 10% after Oppenheimer reported pushback from academics during the company's presentation of early Augment data. Opco cautioned, however, that criticism of non-trial data is "inevitable" and JMP Securities called the results encouraging. INDEXES: The Dow rose 34.43, or 0.19%, to 17,712.66, the Nasdaq gained 27.86, or 0.57%, to 4,891.22, and the S&P 500 added 4.87, or 0.24%, to 2,061.02.
15:48 EDTINTC Altera calls active on Intel in talks to buy report
Altera (ALTR) April 36 and 37 calls are active after DJ reported Intel (INTC) is in acquisition talks. April call option implied volatility is at 55, May is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
15:47 EDTINTCAltera up 22% after WSJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:44 EDTINTCIntel in talks to buy Altera, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR) in what would be Intel's largest deal ever, according to the Wall Street Journal, which added that terms of the deal and timing couldn't be learned. Reference Link
15:38 EDTINTCAltera up 12.5% after DJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:36 EDTINTCIntel in talks to buy Altera, DJ reports
15:14 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson not likely to buy Intuitive Surgical, says BofA/Merrill
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09:59 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to collaborate with Google to advance surgical robots
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06:46 EDTJNJContact lens makers, discounters battling over price setting, NY Times says
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06:08 EDTINTCMicron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory
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05:57 EDTINTCMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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March 26, 2015
10:10 EDTVRTXAnalyst calls sharp pullback in biotech stocks 'misguided'
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08:26 EDTINTCSemi stocks less likely to rebound now than in 4Q14, says Goldman
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06:45 EDTVRTXBiotech valuation concerns 'misguided,' says Piper Jaffray
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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March 25, 2015
16:05 EDTMDTMedtronic highlights data on patients undergoing laparoscopic colon resections
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15:15 EDTVRTXVertex April weekly volatility elevated
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10:36 EDTVRTXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: FOLD WLL WBAI ASPS GES PSEC CTRP LNCO VRTX ARP
07:29 EDTJNJLeerink to hold booth tours
Leerink Booth Tours at AAOS 2015 will be held in Las Vegas on March 25-26.
March 24, 2015
16:06 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces first commercial procedures with Watchman Device
This week, three patients in the U.S. received the first implants of the Boston Scientific Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure, or LAAC, Device. The WATCHMAN Device offers a novel stroke risk reduction option for high-risk patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or AF, who are seeking an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy. The Watchman Device received FDA approval on Friday, March 13. The first Watchman Device procedures in the U.S. were performed by Shephal K. Doshi, M.D., director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, and Saibal Kar, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Intervention Center Research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
13:24 EDTJNJContact lens manufacturers accused of price-fixing, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTINTCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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07:45 EDTJNJFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee holds a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews, as mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) for Eli Lilly's Cymbalta, Pfizer's Quillivant XR and Revatio, Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal, GlaxoSmithKline's Advair, HFA Altabax Ointment and Fluarix Quadrivalent, Supernus Pharmaceuticals' Oxtellar XR, Teva Pharmaceutical's Qnasl and Roche's Invirase. The Committee will also discuss the safety ongoing propriety of the humanitarian device exemption for the Medtronic Activa Dystonia Therapy and for the Liposorber LA-15 System in a meeting being held in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
March 23, 2015
16:20 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the session until a sharp selloff in the closing minutes. For most of the day the averages moved in a narrow range, as the Dow broke its streak of consecutive days with triple digit moves. Like stocks, the oil markets had a quiet session that stood out amid the recent volatility in crude prices. A late day drop prevented the major stock indexes from adding to the big gains they'd notched on Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's national activity index fell to -0.11 in February, below expectations for a reading of 0.10. Existing home sales rose 1.2% to a 4.88M rate in February, which was below the consensus forecast for them to grow 2% to a 4.92M unit rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) declined $9.21, or 7.96%, to $106.48 after the railroad operator lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance to reflect slower year-to-date carload growth primarily from the energy sector, along with a continued deterioration in the value of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar and lower fuel surcharge revenues driven by lower WTI prices. The revenue warning appeared to weigh on others in the rail industry as well, with Union Pacific (UNP) falling $4.67, or 3.98%, to $112.78, Norfolk Southern (NSC) dropping $3.87, or 3.5%, to $106.56 and Canadian National (CNI) sliding $1.13, or 1.65%, to $67.24. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ImmunoGen (IMGN), which gained $1.25, or 16.8%, to $8.69 after Takeda (TKPYY) licensed rights to use the company's antibody drug conjugate technology. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rose $2.45, or 4.94%, to $52.07 after agreeing to combine its short-stay surgery and imaging center assets into a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. Tenet will initially own 50.1% of the joint venture and will consolidate its financial results and will have a path to full ownership of USPI over the next five years through a put/call structure, the company noted. Among the noteworthy losers was MEI Pharma (MEIP), which plunged $4.37, or 69.37%, to $1.93 and was downgraded by at least four Wall Street research firms after the combination of Pracinostat and azacitidine showed no difference in the rate of complete remission, the primary endpoint of a Phase II study, compared to azacitidine alone. Also lower were shares of Vertex (VRTX), which fell $5.21, or 3.98%, to $125.79 after reporting data from a study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in cystic fibrosis that JPMorgan said was generally below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.61, or 0.06%, to 18,116.04, the Nasdaq lost 15.44, or 0.31%, to 5,010.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 3.68, or 0.17%, to 2,104.42.
16:19 EDTBSXBoston Scientific leads funding round for InterVene
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12:17 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:18 EDTVRTXVertex data not a surprise given recent commentary, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said Vertex's VX-661 top-line Phase 2 data was generally below expectations but should not be too surprising given recent management commentary. The firm said its thesis remains unchanged and believes few biotechs offer a comparable level of competitive dominance and substantial earnings leverage as Vertex and reiterated its Overweight rating.
10:14 EDTVRTXVertex weakness a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said it views the Phase II study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in CF as too small and too short to derive meaningful conclusions and would use today's weakness following the data as a buying opportunity ahead of approval for KALYDECO + lumacaftor homozygous F508del-CFTR mutation patients, noting that the PDUFA date for the indication is July 5. The firm keeps an Overweight rating and $146 price target on Vertex shares, which are down 4.3% to $125.35 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTVRTXVertex shares defended at CRT Capital
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09:37 EDTVRTXActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTJNJ, VRTXLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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07:47 EDTVRTXVertex says VX-661, ivacaftor generally well tolerated in 12-week Phase 2 study
Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced data from a 12-week Phase 2 study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in 39 people with CF ages 18 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation. The study evaluated two doses of VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor. The primary endpoint of the study was safety. The study showed that the combination regimen was generally well tolerated, and all patients completed 12 weeks of treatment. The most common adverse events were pulmonary exacerbation, which occurred in 38% of all patients who received VX-661 and 44% of those who received placebo, and cough, which occurred in 33% of all patients who received VX-661 and 39% of those who received placebo. Secondary endpoints evaluated the effect of the combination on lung function, and the mean within-group absolute improvement from baseline in ppFEV1 for those who received 100 mg of VX-661 in combination with ivacafto was 4.4 and 3.0 percentage points at week 4 and through 12 weeks of treatment, respectively. Consistent with prior Phase 2 studies that evaluated 4 weeks of treatment with VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor, this study showed a rapid improvement in lung function within four weeks of treatment, and after patients completed treatment, lung function returned to baseline. These safety and efficacy data, together with other data from multiple previously completed Phase 2 studies of VX-661, support Vertex’s ongoing Phase 3 program of VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor. The Phase 3 program is evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor and consists of four Phase 3 studies, including a study in people with two copies of the F508del mutation that began enrollment in February. The other three studies will enroll people with CF who have one copy of the F508del mutation and a second mutation that is either a gating mutation, residual function mutation or a mutation that results in minimal CFTR function.
March 22, 2015
16:42 EDTINTCChip equipment slowdown may not be as bad as first thought, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:32 EDTBSXBoston Scientific has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Weinstein will host a conference call with CEO Mike Mahoney on March 27 at 11 am.
07:24 EDTINTCBroadcom chip renews competition with in-house hardware makers, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTBSXBoston Scientific initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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March 19, 2015
10:46 EDTINTCChinese firms using IBM technology in server chips, WSJ says
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09:02 EDTINTCIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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08:40 EDTINTCIntel Capital in talks to invest in Indian streaming service, TechCrunch says
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March 18, 2015
05:39 EDTBSX, MDTSt. Jude Medical downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded St. Jude Medical (STJ) to Market Perform saying competitive pressures will drive 2015 market share losses in the company's cardiac rhythm management business, which represents 50% of total sales. Wells believes the launch of CardioMEMS will not be strong enough to offset the headwinds in CRM unit. The firm thinks Boston Scientific's (BSX) earlier than expected approval for its next generation subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator called Emblem will drive share gains against St. Jude and Medtronic (MDT) in the single chamber ICD market. Wells cut its price target range for St. Jude shares to $69-$70 from $73-$74. The medical technology company closed yesterday down $2.01 to $65.45.
March 17, 2015
16:13 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces FDA, CE Mark approval of EMBLEM S-ICD system
Boston Scientific has received FDA and CE Mark approval of the EMBLEM Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator, or S-ICD, system. The EMBLEM S-ICD System is a treatment option that provides protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, yet leaves the heart and vasculature untouched, minimizing the risk of complications associated with conventional transvenous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. A controlled and limited market release has begun in a small number of European centers with a broad European launch scheduled for May and subsequent U.S. launch planned for the third quarter of 2015.
05:35 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to invest $10M in UK government fund to fight dementia
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March 16, 2015
15:04 EDTJNJPharmacyclics says committee recommends unblinding after primary endpoint met
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13:16 EDTMDT, BSXAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
09:22 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:30 EDTMDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:25 EDTBSXBoston Scientific Watchman indication 'very favorable,' says Bernstein
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07:22 EDTMDTMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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March 15, 2015
15:27 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils data from high risk study of the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial
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15:23 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils preclinical outcomes of its novel Drug-Filled Stent
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15:20 EDTMDTMedtronic announces outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced initial clinical outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System. At 30-days, the new recapturable, self-expanding valve showed no incidents of all-cause mortality or stroke in a high and extreme risk patient population. Data from the Evolut R Study, which enrolled 60 patients from six centers in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, were unveiled today at the 64th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology. The CoreValve Evolut R System is not approved for commercial use in the United States where it is currently undergoing clinical trials. "Initial clinical experience with the Evolut R system is remarkable and ushers in a new era of TAVR technology that provides increased confidence with recapturability, excellent procedural results, and impressive clinical outcomes," said Ian Meredith, M.D., of Monash Heart - Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia, who is one of the investigators of the study. "The 14 French equivalent delivery system allowed transfemoral access for most patients and the recapturable technology enabled implanters to optimize valve placement for improved annular sealing and reduced conduction disturbances without compromise on mortality or stroke."
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