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July 7, 2014
06:29 EDTBMY, MRK, PFEMerck price target raised to $57 from $44 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Merck (MRK) shares to $57 citing the company's structural changes over the past year and its "growing suite" of Hepatitis C assets. Citi keeps a Neutral rating on the stock, however, saying it prefers Bristol-Myers (BMY) and Pfizer (PFE).
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August 28, 2014
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer says FDA grants fast track designation to C-difficile vaccine candidate
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration thas granted Fast Track designation to the company’s investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate PF-06425090. Currently in Phase 2 clinical development, the vaccine candidate is designed to prevent C. difficile-associated disease, which can include life-threatening diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis. The FDA’s Fast Track approach is a process designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs and vaccines intended to treat or prevent serious conditions and address an unmet medical need.
August 27, 2014
09:53 EDTBMY, PFE, MRKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ASML (ASML) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Concur (CNQR) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... CyrusOne (CONE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Garmin (GRMN) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Oxford Industries (OXM) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kirkland's (KIRK) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington.
06:42 EDTPFEPfizer initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTMRKMerck initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTBMYBristol-Myers initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Target $52.
05:44 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Daklinza approved by EC
Bristol-Myers announced that the European Commission, or EC, has approved Daklinza for use in combination with other medicinal products across genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection in adults. Daklinza, when used in combination with sofosbuvir, is an all-oral, interferon-free regimen that provided cure rates of up to 100% in clinical trials, including patients with advanced liver disease, genotype 3 and those who have previously failed treatment with protease inhibitors. Daklinza is the first NS5A complex inhibitor approved in the European Union and will be available for use in combination with other medicinal products, providing a shorter treatment duration compared to 48 weeks of treatment with interferon- and ribavirin-based regimens. The approval allows for the marketing of Daklinza in all 28 Member States of the EU. The marketing authorization for Daklinza follows an accelerated assessment by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, a designation that is granted to new medicines of major public health interest.
August 26, 2014
08:01 EDTMRK, PFEPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
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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12:39 EDTBMYThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
13:32 EDTPFE, BMYBristol-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 EDTPFE, BMYBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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08:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Celgene enter collaboration agreement for OPDIVO, ABRAXANE
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