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July 7, 2014
06:29 EDTMRK, PFE, BMYMerck 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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January 27, 2015
07:31 EDTBMYBristol-Myers reports Q4 EPS 46c, consensus 41c
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07:16 EDTPFEPfizer drops 2.7% after FY15 outlook miss expectations
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07:07 EDTPFEPfizer sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.00-$2.10, consensus $2.18
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q4 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 53c
Reports Q4 revenue $13.1B, consensus $12.9B.
January 26, 2015
16:15 EDTPFEPfizer commits to lower price for Prevenar 13 in developing countries
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15:40 EDTBMY, PFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:29 EDTPFEEarnings Preview: Pfizer set to report Q4 results as generics impact Celebrex
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11:29 EDTBMYBristol-Myers January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck says CHMP issues positive opinion for Sivextro
Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of the investigational antibiotic SIVEXTRO for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in adults. Merck acquired SIVEXTRO as a part of its purchase, through a subsidiary, of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The CHMP positive opinion will be reviewed by the European Commission. If the European Commission affirms the CHMP opinion, it will grant a centralized marketing authorization with unified labeling that is valid in the 28 countries that are members of the European Union, as well as European Economic Area members, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. SIVEXTRO is a once-daily oxazolidinone antibiotic developed for both intravenous and oral administration for the treatment of serious infections caused by certain Gram-positive bacteria.
January 23, 2015
16:08 EDTPFETeva volatility elevated, Pfizer approached late last year, Bloomberg says
Teva (TEVA) overall option implied volatility of 25 compares to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into Pfizer (PFE) approach late last year, Bloomberg says.
16:04 EDTPFETeva rebuffed Pfizer approach late last year, Bloomberg says
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06:39 EDTMRKNIH, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck launch joint Ebola vaccine test in Liberia, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
11:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CHMP adopted positive opinion on Prevenar 13 expansion
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08:49 EDTBMYBristol-Myers price target raised to $70 from $63 at SunTrust
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January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTPFEGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:16 EDTMRK, BMYLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubist’s stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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16:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers appoints Giovanni Caforio CEO
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a number of leadership changes approved by its board of directors and effective at the close of the annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May. Giovanni Caforio, M.D. will become CEO of the company. Lamberto Andreotti will become executive chairman of the board of directors on May 5 and will continue to serve as chairman after his retirement on August 3. James M. Cornelius, 71, has chosen not to stand for re-election as non-executive chairman and will retire from the board. Togo D. West, Jr., 72, will become the lead independent director on the company’s board.
07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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