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February 5, 2014
06:44 EDTMRK, AMGN, INCY, PFEMerck signs three clinical collaboration agreements to evaluate MK-3475
Merck (MRK) announced it has signed three separate clinical collaboration agreements, through subsidiaries, with Amgen (AMGN), Incyte (INCY) and Pfizer (PFE) to evaluate novel combination regimens with MK-3475, Merck's investigational anti-PD-1 immunotherapy. The financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
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August 26, 2014
11:21 EDTAMGNAmgen added to short term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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08:01 EDTMRK, PFEPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
16:17 EDTAMGNWestern Digital CFO Leyden to retire, Olivier Leonetti to succeed
Western Digital (WDC) announced that CFO Tim Leyden is retiring. He is being succeeded by Olivier Leonetti, who has served as vice president, finance at Amgen (AMGN) from 2011. Leyden will remain with the company through January 2015 in a transition role and advisory capacity to president and chief executive officer Steve Milligan and to Leonetti for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition. The changes are effective as of September 8.
16:13 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
09:11 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:29 EDTPFEPfizer mulls possible AstraZeneca offer options, FT says
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05:17 EDTMRKAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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August 22, 2014
14:19 EDTPFEViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for HIV-1 treatment Triumeq
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August 21, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce approval of Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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09:54 EDTPFEPotential Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal seen around year-end, Reuters says
Investors and analysts see Pfizer (PFE) making another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) around year-end, even though talks between the two can resume on August 26 per British takeover rules, Reuters reports. Reference Link
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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August 19, 2014
05:11 EDTAMGNGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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August 18, 2014
17:25 EDTAMGNAmgen announces AMG 416 study met its primary and all secondary endpoints
Amgen announced that a second placebo-controlled Phase 3 study evaluating AMG 416 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism, SHPT, in patients with chronic kidney disease,CKD, receiving hemodialysis, met its primary and all secondary endpoints. "The results from this second Phase 3 study help to confirm that AMG 416 could become an important new treatment option for dialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Despite the variety of options available for the treatment of this disease, an unmet need remains for an intravenous therapy that can be administered along with hemodialysis. We look forward to sharing results of a head-to-head study evaluating AMG 416 compared to cinacalcet next year."
11:41 EDTPFECubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces submission of Palbociclib NDA to FDA
Pfizer announced it has completed the submission of a New Drug Application to the United States Food and Drug Administration for palbociclib. This NDA requests FDA approval of palbociclib, in combination with letrozole, for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer who have not received previous systemic treatment for their advanced disease. The submission is based on the final results of PALOMA-1, a randomized, Phase 2 trial comparing palbociclib plus letrozole versus letrozole alone in this population of patients. Palbociclib received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA in April 2013, for the first-line systemic treatment of women with advanced or metastatic ER+, HER2- breast cancer. This designation was based on interim data from the PALOMA-1 trial. The FDA has a 60-day filing review period to determine whether the NDA is complete and acceptable for filing. Pfizer will communicate the Agency’s decision.
07:57 EDTPFE, MRKCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 15, 2014
06:54 EDTAMGNAmgen shares should 'grind higher' this year, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Amgen shares to "grind higher" this year driven by a greater appreciation of pipeline programs, the Analyst Day on October 28, an expected filing of the PCSK-9 program soon, and positive Ph iiB anti-CGRP migraine data expected year-end. Shares are Outperform rated.
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