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November 16, 2015
09:59 EDTPFEOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
08:32 EDTAZNClovis reopens, down 64% after FDA requests added data for rociletinib
AstraZeneca (AZN), which is at work on a drug similar to rociletinib, is up 2.5% in pre-market trading.
08:12 EDTALKSLeerink reiterates Outperform rating, $84 target on Alkermes
After hosting a conference call with CEO Richard Pops and CFO Jim Frates, Leerink analyst Paul Matteis reiterates an Outperform rating on Alkermes with an $84 price target. The analyst continues to believe the '5461 FORWARD Phase 3 program for depression is "employing a robust, proven study design." The drug likely only needs to hit on two of three pivotal efficacy studies for FDA approval, Matteis reiterates to investors in a research note.
07:57 EDTALKSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analyst Matteis, along with MEDACorp specialists Anthony Rothschild, M.D., Director of the University of Massachusetts Depression Center and Darin Dougherty, M.D., Harvard Medical School, discuss their views on Alkermes' ALKS-5461's probability-of-success in Phase III and the commercial potential of ALKS-5461 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 16 at 2 pm.
07:24 EDTACORSalomon to hold a conference
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06:33 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan deal brings focus on U.S. tax-inversion deals, Reuters says
Pfizer's (PFE) takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) has refocused financial markets over a potential move by the U.S. Treasury Department against tax-inversion deals, Reuters reported Friday. The outlook for such a move remained unclear on Friday, the report says. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAZNAstraZeneca urges UK for antibiotics investment shake-up, Financial Time says
AstraZeneca has urged the U.K. government to develop a new model for incentivizing investment in antibiotics, reports the Financial Times. In a letter to the Financial Times, the company said it has joined other "leading voices" in the life sciences sectory to implore Britain to go ahead with a new system rather than waiting for an international agreement. The company said a new payment model was needed that would reward companies' investments but without encouraging the over-use of antibiotics. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
18:13 EDTPFEAllergan, Pfizer targeting late November merger deal, FT says
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November 13, 2015
13:57 EDTPFEAppeals court vacates decision invalidating Medicines Co. Angiomax patents
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11:12 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer profiting from Allergan deal, worth $50/share even without one
An acquisition of Allergan (AGN) by Pfizer (PFE) would increase the latter company's profits in 2016-2017 and lift its earnings by a large amount by 2019, wrote research firm Piper Jaffray in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: By 2019, an acquisition of Allergan would increase Pfizer's earnings per share by 13%-16%, estimated Piper analyst Richard Purkiss. The deal would be profitable for Pfizer as early as 2016, the analyst believes. Excluding any acquisition, Pfizer is worth over $50 per share, well above analysts' average price target of $40, Purkiss believes. He kept a $52 price target and Overweight rating on Pfizer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday dealReporter, noting that an acquisition of Allergan by Pfizer would be "a giant inversion deal," asserted that the U.S. Treasury could look to take steps to limit or discourage those types of transactions. On November 6, research firm Bernstein said that Allergan's strong results, coupled with the weakness of drug stocks, could cause Allergan to be reluctant to sell itself to Pfizer in the near-term. As a result, the firm thinks that the odds of a deal getting done may be lower than many believe. It kept a $385 price target and Outperform rating on Allergan. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pfizer rose fractionally to $33.47 and Allergan added 1.3% to $303.87.
11:02 EDTCELGCelgene calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Celgene November weekly 111 and 112 calls are active on total call volume of 9K contracts (3K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. November weekly call option implied volatility is at 82, November is at 42, December is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 54. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:58 EDTCELGRumor: Celgene moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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10:49 EDTTEVAMylan jumps, Perrigo plunges after hostile takeover bid fails
Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed. Perrigo shares fell after the news. WHAT'S NEW: Mylan's approximately $26B hostile takeover offer for Perrigo officially fell through Friday morning, ending a seven-month ordeal between the two companies. Mylan said that only about 40% of Perrigo's shares were tendered by the company's stockholders, falling short of the 50% required for an acquisition, forcing the offer to lapse after failing to meet its goal by the established deadline. In response to the news, Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer. "We have said all along that this offer from Mylan was a bad deal for our shareholders, as it significantly undervalued our durable business model and industry-leading future growth prospects," Papa said. Perrigo added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback and that it intends to complete $500M of the planned repurchase by the end of the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 27, Teva (TEVA) withdrew a takeover offer for Mylan amid Mylan's talks with Perrigo. The Israeli pharmaceutical company opted instead to purchase Allergan's (AGN) generics business. Commenting on its failure to buy Perrigo, Mylan Executive Chairman Robert Coury said in a statement that while the company viewed Perrigo as a "unique and exciting company," it was not required for the future success of the company. Coury said, "We are well-positioned to quickly execute on the next strategic, value-enhancing opportunities for our business, some of which we have already identified." STREET RESEARCH: Citi analyst Liav Abraham upgraded Mylan to Buy and raised her price target for shares to $59 from $52, saying that an overhang has been removed since the company's hostile attempt to buy Perrigo has fallen through. Abraham argued that a combination of the two companies would have been both destructive to both earnings and value for Mylan and that the failed bid will increase management's optionality to pursue other value-enhancing opportunities and enable investors to focus on the company's base business. In addition, RBC Capital Markets analyst Randall Stanicky confirmed a Sector Perform rating for both Mylan and Perrigo with price targets of $60 and $176, respectively. Stanicky said he expects Mylan's stock to gain 10%-15% towards $50 as a result of the news, while Perrigo will probably see a pull-back into the low $140s. The analyst added that the removal of the Mylan bid will drive initial weakness for Perrigo's shares but that the stock can settle close to its current levels. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Mylan rallied 12.5% to $48.60 and Perrigo fell 6.92% to $145.72. OTHERS TO WATCH: Teva shares trading in New York increased 0.26%, Allergan was up 0.66%, and Endo (ENDP), with which Reuters reported Perrigo held unsuccessful takeover talks, gained 5.56%.
09:39 EDTALKSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:37 EDTAZNClovis down 3% after FDA approves AstraZeneca lung cancer drug
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09:34 EDTAZNFDA approves Roche's cobas EGFR Mutation Test
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09:31 EDTAZNFDA approves AstraZeneca non-small cell lung cancer treatment
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06:54 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer worth over $50/share on standalone basis
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November 12, 2015
13:45 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan talks could set off further Treasury action, dealReporter says
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09:02 EDTPRXLPAREXEL, KPU announce joint program for clinical research
PAREXEL International Corporation and Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, or KPU, a private pharmacy and science university, today announced the new Joint Program for Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Management. The academic program offers undergraduate students an accredited, seven-week course designed to prepare them for careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. The collaboration is intended to meet the needs of a growing number of Japanese biopharmaceutical companies conducting clinical research inside and outside of Japan as part of global drug development initiatives. The course combines PAREXEL's extensive regulatory and clinical research expertise with Kyoto Pharmaceutical University's extensive experience developing highly-specialized research abilities in their "pharmacist-scientists" students. All classes will be conducted in English by non-Japanese lecturers from the PAREXEL Academy and are consistent with global clinical trial standards and practices. The first session begins in KPU's fiscal year 2016 and will be offered annually.
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