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November 16, 2015
06:33 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan deal brings focus on U.S. tax-inversion deals, Reuters says
Pfizer's (PFE) takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) has refocused financial markets over a potential move by the U.S. Treasury Department against tax-inversion deals, Reuters reported Friday. The outlook for such a move remained unclear on Friday, the report says. Reference Link
06:01 EDTSHPGSynergy Pharmaceuticals appoints Gary Sender as CFO
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November 15, 2015
18:13 EDTPFEAllergan, Pfizer targeting late November merger deal, FT says
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15:19 EDTMRKMerck reports integrated analysis of six trials of elbasvir/grazoprevir
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15:15 EDTMRKMerck reports Phase 3 data on elbasvir/grazoprevir in patients injecting drugs
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November 13, 2015
13:57 EDTPFEAppeals court vacates decision invalidating Medicines Co. Angiomax patents
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11:12 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer profiting from Allergan deal, worth $50/share even without one
An acquisition of Allergan (AGN) by Pfizer (PFE) would increase the latter company's profits in 2016-2017 and lift its earnings by a large amount by 2019, wrote research firm Piper Jaffray in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: By 2019, an acquisition of Allergan would increase Pfizer's earnings per share by 13%-16%, estimated Piper analyst Richard Purkiss. The deal would be profitable for Pfizer as early as 2016, the analyst believes. Excluding any acquisition, Pfizer is worth over $50 per share, well above analysts' average price target of $40, Purkiss believes. He kept a $52 price target and Overweight rating on Pfizer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday dealReporter, noting that an acquisition of Allergan by Pfizer would be "a giant inversion deal," asserted that the U.S. Treasury could look to take steps to limit or discourage those types of transactions. On November 6, research firm Bernstein said that Allergan's strong results, coupled with the weakness of drug stocks, could cause Allergan to be reluctant to sell itself to Pfizer in the near-term. As a result, the firm thinks that the odds of a deal getting done may be lower than many believe. It kept a $385 price target and Outperform rating on Allergan. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pfizer rose fractionally to $33.47 and Allergan added 1.3% to $303.87.
11:02 EDTCELGCelgene calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Celgene November weekly 111 and 112 calls are active on total call volume of 9K contracts (3K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. November weekly call option implied volatility is at 82, November is at 42, December is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 54. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:58 EDTCELGRumor: Celgene moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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10:00 EDTABTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded after Q3 miss at Sterne Agee CRT... CafePress (PRSS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... (CTRP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CubeSmart (CUBE) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Digital Ally (DGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded on stock outperformance at Raymond James... Fly Leasing (FLY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GameStop (GME) downgraded on valuation, digital impact at Pacific Crest... Histogenics (HSGX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... MaxPoint (MXPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Rite Aid (RAD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rubicon Minerals (RBY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Sensata (ST) downgraded at SunTrust... Stryker (SYK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
08:02 EDTMRKMerck: DMC recommends anacetrapib study continue with no changes
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06:54 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer worth over $50/share on standalone basis
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06:26 EDTABTAbbott downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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06:24 EDTABTMedtronic upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst David Roman upgraded Medtronic (MDT) to Conviction Buy saying the stock's risk/reward is compelling at current levels. The company's fundamentals are the strongest in nearly a decade amid improving end-markets, new product launches and financial flexibility, Roman tells investors in a research note. He raised his price target for shares to $90 from $87. Roman removed Stryker (SYK) from the Conviction List and also downgraded Abbott (ABT) to Neutral.
November 12, 2015
17:02 EDTMRKMerck Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
Merck Animal Health and Harrisvaccines announced the companies have entered into an agreement under which Merck Animal Health will acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The companies expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.
13:45 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan talks could set off further Treasury action, dealReporter says
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11:50 EDTMRKMerck issues statement regarding CUBICIN patent litigation
Merck issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: "The decision validated the patent for CUBICIN that expires on June 15, 2016, but invalidated four patents with expiration dates in 2019 and 2020. The company is reviewing the decision and is considering its next steps, which may include seeking further review at the Federal Circuit or Supreme Court."
08:02 EDTSHPGSynergy Pharmaceuticals still a saleable asset, says Canaccord
Canaccord still views Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) as a saleable asset, with Valeant (VRX) or Shire (SHPG) seen as the most obvious buyers. The firm also sees the cost of the launch of plecanatide as lower than expected and sees no need for the company to raise capital until at least the end of 2016. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $19 price target on Synergy Pharmaceuticals shares.
November 11, 2015
07:56 EDTSNY, PFE, NVS, JNJBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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05:40 EDTBMYFive Prime receives HSR clearance for collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers
Five Prime (FPRX) announced that the FTC has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Acts of 1976 in connection with the exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers (BMY) for the development and commercialization of Five Prime's colony stimulating factor 1 receptor antibody program, including FPA008. With the early termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, the collaboration agreement with BMS is effective as of November 10, 2015, and the related $350M upfront payment by BMS to Five Prime is due within 30 days of the effective date.
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