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April 22, 2014
14:47 EDTAZNOnglyza, Kombiglyze XR get Paragraph IV patent challenges
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11:02 EDTAZNOptions with increasing implied volatility: AZN RL
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10:00 EDTTEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca Pfizer deal is doable, says Bernstein
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08:03 EDTPFEPfizer says OPT Pivotal #1 and #2 programs meet primary endpoints in study
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07:42 EDTTEVATeva initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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07:40 EDTCELGCelgene weakness has created attractive entry point, says Stifel
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07:16 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca cancer pipeline viewed as possible draw for Pfizer, Reuters says
Pfizer (PFE) could come back to make an offer to AstraZeneca (AZN) after its reported $101B takeover approach was declined, since an agreement could benefit the U.S. pharmaceutical company as it aims to improve its cancer pipeline, reported Reuters. Reference Link
05:27 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded AstraZeneca (AZN) to Buy calling a takeover by Pfizer (PFE) a "high probability event." Citi believes AstraZeneca's oncology pipeline is undervalued at current share levels.
April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTAZN, PFEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
12:47 EDTPFE, AZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:18 EDTAZN, PFEAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
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09:21 EDTAZN, TEVA, PFEOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
09:00 EDTAZNAstraZeneca rises 7.1%
AstraZeneca is up 7.1%, or $4.49, to $67.98
08:18 EDTTEVAMomenta Pharma rises after high court rejects Copaxone delay bid
Shares of Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA) are higher in pre-market trading after the Supreme Court denied Teva's (TEVA) request to delay the launch of generic forms of its relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis product, Copaxone. WHAT'S NEW: Teva confirmed on April 19 that the Chief Justice of the United States denied the company's application for an injunction seeking to prevent the launch of a generic version of Copaxone. Teva will continue pursuing its appeal in the Supreme Court and defending its intellectual property for Copaxone, the company said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Momenta has developed a generic version of Copaxone in partnership with Novartis' (NVS) Sandoz unit. Mylan, which is preparing to launch a generic version of Copaxone as well, said after the ruling: "We are pleased with the Chief Justice's decision, and we look forward to introducing the first generic Copaxone treatment for multiple sclerosis patients in the U.S. at market formation. Mylan remains eligible to receive approval from the U.S. FDA on May 25, 2014." PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Momenta shares are up over 12% to $12.46, while Mylan shares are up more than 3% to $48.48. Teva shares trading in New York are down about 1.7% to $50 in pre-market trading.
07:47 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer unlikely to have been interested in AstraZeneca, says Bernstein
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07:21 EDTPFEFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews including MDT's Activa Dystonia Therapy, (BAX's Advate and Tisseel, NVS' Famvir, Tibotec's (JNJ subsidiary) Intelence, UCB Pharma's Keppra, MRK's Maxalt, BAYRY's Natazia, Digestive Care's Pertzye, JNJ's Prezista, BMY's Reyataz, SNY's Sklice, PFE's Torisel, Aptalis' Ultresa, and GILD's Viread in a meeting being held in Bethesda, Maryland on April 21 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer bid for AstraZeneca 'looks highly probable,' says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Pfizer's (PFE) reported takeover interest in AstraZeneca (AZN) "looks highly probable." Citi thinks a deal would fit Pfizer's strategic goals for immunotherapy and autoimmune disease and would also be financially attractive. The firm expects Pfizer to "aggressively" approach AstraZeneca a second time.
06:47 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca volatility elevated, said to have been approached by Pfizer – report
AstraZeneca (AZN) implied volatility is expected is to move on Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached to propose a $101B takeover, says the Sunday Times. Overall option implied volatility of 20 is above its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
06:40 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer volatility flat said to be considering bid for AstraZeneca – report
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April 20, 2014
20:37 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer said to be considering GBP60B bid for AstraZeneca, Sunday Times says
Drug giant Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached AstraZeneca (AZN) to propose a GBP60B takeover of the U.K company, says the Sunday Times. Informal discussions have recently taken place, say sources, but AstraZeneca is believed to be resisting Pfizer’s approach, added the Sunday Times. Reference Link
16:45 EDTPFEBiogen hemophilia drug Alprolix priced similar to older treatments, Reuters says
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April 19, 2014
18:50 EDTTEVAMylan says Teva denied injunction seeking to prevent launch of generic Copaxone
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18:32 EDTTEVASupreme Court denies Teva stay in generic Copaxone case
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that while the Chief Justice of the United States found that Teva had demonstrated “a fair prospect of success on the merits” in its appeal of a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that invalidated the claim of U.S. Patent 5,800,808, he denied the company’s application to stay the Federal Circuit's decision due to the potential for the company to recover patent infringement damages. The ‘808 patent expires on September 1, 2015 and claims a process for manufacturing the active ingredient of Teva’s relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, RRMS, product, Copaxone 20mg/mL. Teva will continue pursuing its appeal in the Supreme Court and defending its intellectual property for Copaxone. Teva previously prevailed in the District Court, which upheld the validity of nine Copaxone patents, including the ‘808 patent. A ruling last year by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld some of the COPAXONE patents that expire in May, while invalidating the ‘808 patent that is the subject of Teva’s now-granted certiorari petition. Any purported generic version of Copaxone would be required to obtain the approval of the FDA prior to being made available to the public. The inability to fully characterize the active ingredients of the product leads many experts to believe that the only way to ensure the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of any purported generic version of Copaxone would be through full-scale, placebo-controlled clinical trials with measured clinical endpoints in RRMS patients. The company is confident Copaxone will remain a proprietary, global market leading product for the reduction in the frequency of relapses in RRMS patients over the product’s lifecycle, given the strength of its intellectual property rights.
11:12 EDTAZNLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 17, 2014
16:35 EDTALKSAlkermes recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
Leerink does not expect any surprises when Alkermes reports Q1 results and views the recent pullback in shares as a buying opportunity. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock with a $66 price target.
09:59 EDTACOROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AcelRx (ACRX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Alcobra (ADHD) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Covanta (CVA) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Foundation Medicine (FMI) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Golub Capital (GBDC) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Kronos Worldwide (KRO) initiated with a Reduce at SunTrust... Magnum Hunter (MHR) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) assumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TransEnterix (TRXC) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... TriQuint (TQNT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... WebMD (WBMD) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
08:38 EDTTEVA, PFETeva settles patent ligitigation with Pfizer on Celebrex
Teva (TEVA) announced that its subsidiary Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has entered into a settlement with Pfizer (PFE) related to Teva’s generic version of Celebrex 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules in the United States. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva may launch its generic versions in December 2014 or earlier under certain circumstances. Teva has received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all strengths and believes that it is first-to-file on at least the 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules. Sales of Celebrex were $2.2B in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December, 2013.
07:31 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics initiated with a Hold at Canaccord
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April 16, 2014
10:00 EDTNPSP, TEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
08:34 EDTCELGPiper Jaffray tech and biopharma analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Technical Analyst Johnson, along with BioPharma Analysts, discuss the recent downturn in the biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals industries on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 17 at 10 am.
08:04 EDTNPSPNPS Pharmaceuticals assumed with a Buy at Canaccord
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07:00 EDTTEVATeva initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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April 15, 2014
12:26 EDTTEVATeva announces launch of generic Lunesta tablets in U.S.
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08:19 EDTAZNLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:04 EDTPFEWuXi PharmaTech names Steve Yang as COO and Executive VP
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06:32 EDTAZN, PFEPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTACOROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:05 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics presents GMI-1070 data
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09:00 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics falls 6.2%
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08:59 EDTACOROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics delays start of Phase 3 study of dalfampridine-QD to 2H
Acorda Therapeutics announced that the initiation of its Phase 3 study of dalfampridine-QD in people with post-stroke walking deficits will begin in the second half of 2014; previously the company had projected study initiation in the second quarter of 2014. The developer of the once-daily, or QD, formulation has informed the company of an alcohol dose dumping finding in vitro and the company will need to perform a short clinical study to determine whether this also exists in vivo. The clinical study will be conducted in healthy volunteers and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014, Acorda said.
07:56 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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06:26 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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06:06 EDTPRXLPAREXEL appoint Peter Steiger as Chief Scientific Officer for Medical Imaging
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April 11, 2014
09:03 EDTCELGCelgene shares can unlock big value, says RBC Capital
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07:19 EDTPFEAcura Pharma to host conference call
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April 10, 2014
10:05 EDTCELGCelgene CEO Hugin says 'excited' about guidance for the year
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10:00 EDTALKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:10 EDTCELGCelgene likely to prevail in patent case, says Stifel
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07:33 EDTCELGCelgene antibody could open door for new area of focus, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Celgene is developing an anti-CD47 antibody that could enable the company to enter the immune-oncology space and pivot into biologics. The firm views the stock as undervalued, and believes that Celgene has many viable opportunities that could enable the stock to rise over the long-term. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares and identifies it as a top pick.
06:17 EDTPFEAcura Pharma announces return of product rights from Pfizer
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05:55 EDTALKSAlkermes upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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April 9, 2014
12:12 EDTCELGMarkman documents appear to favor Celgene, The Street says
Public documents for the pre-trial Markman hearing appear to favor Celgene over Natco, the generic drugmaker challenging some of Celgene's Revlimid patents, The Street's Adam Feuerstein reports. Shares of Celgene are up 5% to $145.33 in mid-day trading. Reference Link
07:49 EDTALKSAlkermes price target raised to $66 from $60 at Leerink
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