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October 1, 2013
09:17 EDTMRK, AIXG, LXRX, RH, WAG, EDG, MYGN, BTN, PSTIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Merck (MRK), up 3% after announcing restructuring plans, including intent to cut about 20% of workforce by end 2015... Lexicon (LXRX), up 21% after achieving positive clinical trial results for potential diabetes drug... Edgen Group (EDG), up 57% after agreeing to be acquired by Sumitomo Corp. for $12.00 per share... Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 11% after Piper Jaffray says should be bought on any weakness and stock upgraded at Ladenburg... Ballantyne Strong (BTN), up 6% after acquiring Convergent Media Systems... Pluristem (PSTI), up 5% after PLX cells demonstrate efficacy in preclinical study for GvHD. LOWER: Walgreens (WAG), down 0.5% after Q4 earnings report... Aixtron (AIXG), down 4% after downgrade at Canaccord... Restoration Hardware (RH), down 3% after holder CP Home files to sell about 4M shares.
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October 21, 2014
10:29 EDTWAGWalgreen spikes higher, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTWAGWalgreen calls active on activist investor speculation
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10:15 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen moves up on activist investor speculation
Shares of Walgreen are moving higher amid speculation Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company.
08:03 EDTWAGCVS offering drug plan with higher co-pay at stores selling tobacco, WSJ says
CVS Health (CVS), which stopped selling tobacco products last month, is now offering a prescription-drug plan via its pharmacy benefits unit Caremark that charges patients copayments that are up to $15 higher on prescriptions filled where tobacco is sold, which includes at rival pharmacies operated by Walgreen (WAG) and Rite-Aid (RAD), reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
05:09 EDTPSTIPluristem moves to large-scale manufacturing after second product line completed
Pluristem Therapeutics announced that it has completed development of its second major product line, and can now begin manufacturing the cells on a large-scale at its state-of-the art facility in order to meet demand for anticipated studies in a range of hematologic conditions. This second cell product candidate, called PLX-RAD, was created using Pluristem's proprietary three dimensional cell expansion technology platform. The company's first product, PLX-PAD, is already in clinical trials for the treatment of peripheral artery disease, muscle injury and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Pluristem's development plan for the PLX-RAD cells considers numerous potential clinical indications such as: enhancement of engraftment of transplanted hematopoietic stem cells for the treatment of bone marrow deficiency, which can result from immune system disorders, genetic diseases, and treatment of leukemia and other blood cancers; treatment of bone marrow deficiency in patients who have undergone chemotherapy; treatment of acute radiation syndrome, or ARS in conjunction with the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
October 20, 2014
11:06 EDTWAGWalgreen begins accepting Apple Pay in stores
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08:06 EDTMRKMerck, Sanofi unit announce pediatric hexavalent vaccine BLA
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07:34 EDTMRKAdvaxis names Mauro Chief Medical Officer
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that it has appointed David Mauro, as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer Mauro most recently served as executive director, section head oncology clinical development at Merck (MRK). In connection with his appointment, Mauro received a one-time inducement award of 165K restricted shares, of which 55K are fully vested and as of the grant date. The remaining shares vest annually over a two-year period.
07:19 EDTPSTI, MRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
October 17, 2014
12:52 EDTMYGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
09:03 EDTWAGWalgreen venture investment head leaves after short time in post, Fortune says
Bill Wafford, who was named managing director of Walgreen’s venture capital and growth equity investment business Well Ventures just this this past January, has left the company, according to Fortune. Reference Link
08:14 EDTWAGWalgreen sued by former CFO for defamation, Reuters reports
Wade Miquelon, the former CFO of Walgreen, filed a lawsuit yesterday in state court in Chicago alleging that CEO Gregory Wasson and director Stefano Pessina, the company's biggest shareholder defamed him in news reports that blamed him for errors in its earnings forecast, Reuters reports. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Miquelon lost his job following a $1B error in forecasting Walgreen's Medicare-related business, and later said Miquelon's error caused the company to cut its forecast in pharmacy unit earnings for the year ending August 2016. Reference Link
07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
07:16 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics receives draft medicare coverage for Prolaris
Myriad Genetics announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor, or MAC, that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies, has issued a draft local coverage determination, or LCD, for Prolaris, Myriad's prostate cancer test. The LCD is posted to the Medicare Coverage Database on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, website and establishes the coverage policy for Medicare beneficiaries. The current language in the draft LCD provides reimbursement coverage for the approximately 50% of prostate cancer patients defined as low and very low risk. Under Medicare rules, the draft LCD is subject to a minimum 45-day public comment period. After comments are considered, a final LCD is issued, which goes into effect after a minimum 45-day notification period.
07:14 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees FY15 EPS $1.90-$2.00, consensus $1.93
Backs FY15 revenue guidance of $800M-$820M, consensus 804.15M.
07:14 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees Q1 adjusted EPS 25c, consensus 41c
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07:00 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics trading halted, pending news
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October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:21 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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