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January 30, 2015
18:27 EDTSHPGShire announces FDA approval of Vyvanse
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11:37 EDTMRKMerck weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:00 EDTABTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
07:35 EDTPFEPfizer issues to Repligen a notice of termination under 2012 license agreement
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07:15 EDTABTAbbott upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:09 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $145 from $131 at Cantor
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06:55 EDTSNYSanofi having hard time finding new CEO, Reuters reports
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06:45 EDTJNJ, ABTSome suggest doctors could be using stents too often, NY Times reports
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06:34 EDTMRK, PFEObama to propose $215M for major medical program, CNBC says
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06:30 EDTPFEEli Lilly FY15 EPS guidance does not include 12c potential charge
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06:02 EDTABTAbbott upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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05:14 EDTJNJQuotient, OCD establish exclusive commercial partnership for MosaiQ
Quotient (QTNT) announced that they are entering into a broad strategic collaboration to sell and distribute Quotient's MosaiQ platform within the $2.8B global transfusion diagnostics market. Under the terms of an exclusive Distribution and Supply Agreement, Quotient retains all rights to commercialize MosaiQ in North America, the European Union and certain Asia-Pacific territories, excluding Japan, for the donor testing market, while, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, or OCD, a full and separate member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies (JNJ), has acquired exclusive rights to sell and distribute MosaiQ for the global patient testing market and the donor testing market in territories not covered by Quotient. Quotient will be responsible for the manufacture of all products associated with MosaiQ and has retained all other commercial rights to MosaiQ with OCD receiving a right of first offer where Quotient decides to commercialize MosaiQ with a third party for an application other than blood grouping. In connection with the transaction, OCD has subscribed for 444,445 new Quotient Ordinary shares at an issue price of $22.50 per new Ordinary share, raising $10M of equity proceeds, and $15M of 7% redeemable preference shares. Following the transaction, OCD will own approximately 2% of Quotient's fully diluted ordinary share capital. Quotient will also be entitled to receive payments totaling $59M upon the achievement of specified regulatory approvals and commercial milestones, which primarily relate to the approval and launch of MosaiQ in the U.S. and the European Union for blood grouping. Quotient and OCD have also agreed to explore opportunities to develop and commercialize MosaiQ in other diagnostics applications outside of blood grouping and serological disease screening, utilizing the combined knowledge and expertise of both parties.
January 29, 2015
17:23 EDTBMYBristol-Myers gets FDA approval for Evotaz to treat HIV-1 infections
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12:26 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $135 from $115 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Celgene shares to $135 following the company's Q4 results and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name. Piper believes Celgene continues to have one of the strongest mid-term growth outlooks.
11:46 EDTJNJPharmacyclics confirms FDA approval of IMBRUVICA
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11:19 EDTABTMylan shareholders approve acquisition of Abbott's generics business
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10:50 EDTJNJFDA expands use of Imbruvica to rare form of cancer
The FDA expanded the approved use of Imbruvica for previously treated patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, a rare form of cancer that begins in the body’s immune system. The drug received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use. The product's new use is being approved more than two months ahead of its prescription drug user fee goal date of April 17, the date the FDA was scheduled to complete review of the drug application. Imbruvica is co-marketed by Pharmacyclics (PCYC) and Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Janssen Biotech unit.
09:49 EDTABTAbbott says looking for additional acquisitions
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09:26 EDTABTAbbott sees Q1 operational sales growth sales growth in high single digits
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09:21 EDTABTAbbott sees operational sales growth in high single digits for FY15
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09:13 EDTABTAbbott sees 6% negative impact to FY sales from forex
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09:07 EDTMRKHead researchers of Vertex, Regeneron, Merck invited to White House, CNBC says
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08:15 EDTPFEOPKO Health, Pfizer receive regulatory clearance for global agreement
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08:14 EDTBMYCelldex, Bristol-Myers initiate Phase 1/2 Varlilumab, Opdivo combination study
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07:58 EDTJNJMedivation price target raised to $128 from $112 at Stifel
After surveying 25 urologists, Stifel believes that MEdivation's (MDVN) Xtandi drug has surpassed its main competitor, Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Zytiga, as a treatment of prostate cancer prior to chemotherapy. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on Medivation.
07:50 EDTABTAbbott sees Q1 EPS excl items 41c-43c, consensus 41c
07:50 EDTABTAbbott sees FY15 EPS excl items $2.10-$2.20, consensus $2.14
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07:50 EDTABTAbbott reports Q4 Nutrition sales up 8.9% to $1.8B
Reports Q4 Diagnostics sales up 8.6% to $1.23B; Reports Q4 Established Pharmaceuticals sales up 35.4% to 922M; Reports Q4 Medical Devices sales up 0.4% to $1.38B.
07:48 EDTABTAbbott expects top tier earnings growth in 2015 despite currency headwinds
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07:47 EDTABTAbbott reports Q4 EPS excl items 71c, consensus 67c
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07:35 EDTCELGCelgene backs FY20 adjusted EPS view to exceed $12.50
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07:35 EDTCELGCelgene backs FY17 adjusted EPS view about $7.50
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07:34 EDTCELGCelgene sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.60 -$4.75, consensus $4.87
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07:32 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.01, consensus 99c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.09B, consensus $2.08B. REVLIMID sales for Q4 increased 16% to $1,322 million and were driven by increased market share and duration of therapy.
January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTABT, CELGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
11:38 EDTNVS, GSKEC clears GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis deals, with conditions
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11:34 EDTABTEC clears Abbott sale of non-U.S. EPD-DM business to Mylan, with conditions
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Abbott Laboratories' (ABT) Non-U.S. Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business, or EPD-DM, by Mylan (MYL). The decision is conditional upon the divestment of a number of Mylan's businesses in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Italy. The Commission had concerns that the transaction, as initially notified, would have reduced competition on the market for several medicines. The commitments offered by Mylan address these concerns, the EC said.
07:39 EDTPFEPfizer CEO says company not in need of big M&A deal, FT reports
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January 27, 2015
17:04 EDTSHPGShire granted petitiion by U.S. Supreme Court
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11:29 EDTJNJBayer, Janssen form collaboration to study Xarelto in stroke patients
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07:37 EDTBMYBristol-Myers sees FY15 EPS $1.55-$1.70, consensus $1.71
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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.
05:30 EDTNVSNovartis group net sales in FY15 are expected to grow mid-single digit
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05:25 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q4 core EPS $1.21, consensus $1.21
Reports Q4 revenue $14.63B, consensus $14.58B. Reports Q4 pharmaceuticals net sales $7.9B.
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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09:19 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline announces availability of two new products for asthma
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08:52 EDTJNJCourt ruling likely to be positive for Boston Scientific, says Bernstein
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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.
08:21 EDTSHPGShire the 'real winner' after NPS gets approval for Natpara, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said NPS Pharmaceuticals' (NPSP) getting FDA approval for its second marketed product, Natpara, is a positive for NPS, but that the "real winner" is Shire (SHPG), noting that the company had no stipulations dependent on Natpara approval in its deal to buy NPS. The firm expects the acquisition to move forward as planned and maintains its Neutral rating on NPS shares.
07:34 EDTNVSArray BioPharma acquisition viewed positively at Leerink
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07:27 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $263 from $247 at Jefferies
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05:26 EDTSHPGShire SHP609 receives FDA fast track designation
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05:14 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce BLA for Praluent accepted for priority review by FDA
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review the Biologics License Application, or BLA, for Praluent, alirocumab. Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, the goal for a priority review is six months, for a target action date of July 24. Alirocumab is an investigational monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9 that is intended for the treatment of patients with hypercholesterolemia. The BLA for Praluent contains data from more than 5,000 patients, including 10 Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials. Together with additional ongoing studies including ODYSSEY OUTCOMES, the ODYSSEY clinical trial program will include more than 23,500 patients at more than 2,000 study centers in double-blind, randomized, placebo-and active-controlled trials ranging from 24 weeks to approximately 5 years. Earlier this month, the companies announced that the European Medicines Agency accepted for review the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union. The EMA and FDA have conditionally accepted Praluent as the trade name for alirocumab. The safety and efficacy of alirocumab have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.
January 25, 2015
12:30 EDTSHPGShire comments on press release from NPS Pharma on Natpara approval
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January 23, 2015
18:37 EDTNVSNovartis confirms FDA approval of Bexsero
Novartis announced that the US FDA has granted accelerated approval of Bexsero for active immunization to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B in adolescents and young adults from 10 years through 25 years of age. Bexsero is the only meningitis B vaccine approved in the US with a two-dose regimen and a flexible dosing schedule. As part of the accelerated approval process, Novartis will complete its ongoing studies to confirm the effectiveness of Bexsero against diverse serogroup B strains.
16:55 EDTJNJMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
16:21 EDTNVSFDA approves Novartis vaccine Bexsero
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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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12:33 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The futures dipped this morning after UPS (UPS) pre-announced that its quarterly earnings would miss Street estimates. The earnings miss dragged other transportation names lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's preliminary January manufacturing PMI fell to 53.7 from 53.9 previously, versus expectations for a reading of 54.0. Existing home sales rebounded 2.4% to a 5.04M rate in December, which was below the consensus forecast for a 3% increase. The leading indicators rose 0.5% to 121.1 in December, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of UPS plunged over 9% after the shipping giant warned that its Q4 adjusted EPS is now expected to be $1.25, below the consensus forecast of $1.47. "UPS invested heavily to ensure we would provide excellent service during peak when deliveries more than double. Though customers enjoyed high quality service, it came at a cost to UPS. Going forward, we will reduce operating costs and implement new pricing strategies during peak season,” said CEO David Abney. Subsequently, its peer, FedEx (FDX), reaffirmed its FY15 EPS forecast of $8.50-$9.00. The outlook compares to a consensus forecast of $8.97. FedEx shares, which were briefly halted for the announcement, are down 2% afterward... Shares of McDonald’s (MCD) slid about 1% near noon after its earnings miss, though the world’s largest restaurant chain's same-store sales declined less than analysts expected. Same-store sales in the company's fiscal fourth quarter declined 0.9%, versus the Consensus Metrix analysts' estimate for a 1.5% drop. Of note, McDonald’s U.S. same-store sales had their first monthly gain in more than a year in December, having risen 0.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Starbucks (SBUX), which rose 6.5% and had several research firms issue upbeat notes after the company reported in-line results last night. At least three firms responded to the report by raising their price targets on the shares. Also higher was Array BioPharma (ARRY), which jumped 38% after announcing that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. Among the noteworthy losers was Avon Products (AVP), which dropped 11% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform after shares rallied yesterday over 14% following a report that the company has held talks with TPG Capital about a possible deal. Wells says it leveraged buyout math suggests a takeout of the entire company is unlikely. Also lower was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which fell 9% after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and cut about 500 jobs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 42.58, or 0.24%, to 17,771.40, the Nasdaq was up 9.68, or 0.2%, to 4,760.08, and the S&P 500 was down 3.40, or 0.16%, to 2,059.75.
08:52 EDTGSK, NVSArray BioPharma to hold a conference call
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08:10 EDTGSK, NVSArray agrees to acquire rights to encorafenib
Array BioPharma (ARRY) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. This agreement is conditional on the closing of transactions announced by Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on April 22, 2014, which are expected to close in the first half of 2015, and the agreement remains subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals. Array previously announced a definitive agreement with Novartis to regain global rights to the Phase 3 MEK inhibitor binimetinib, the material terms of which remain in place following this agreement. In order to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission, Array has agreed to obtain an experienced partner for global development and European commercialization of both binimetinib and encorafenib. The European Commission is expected to issue a decision regarding the Novartis-GSK transaction on January 28, 2015. Upon satisfaction of all conditions and closing of the deal, Array will acquire global rights to encorafenib. Other than a de minimis payment due to Novartis from Array, there are no milestone payments or royalties payable under this agreement by either party. Novartis has agreed to provide transitional regulatory, clinical development and manufacturing services as specified below and will assign or license to Array all patent and other intellectual property rights Novartis owns to the extent relating to encorafenib. As part of the transaction, Array has agreed to obtain an experienced partner for global development and European commercialization of both binimetinib and encorafenib. If Array is unable to find a suitable partner in the prescribed time period, a trustee would have the right to sell such European rights. Novartis will conduct and fund the COLUMBUS trial through the earlier of June 30, 2016 or completion of last patient first visit. At that time, Array will assume responsibility for the trial, while Novartis will reimburse Array for out-of-pocket costs along with 50% of Array's full time equivalent costs in connection with completing the COLUMBUS trial. Novartis is responsible for conducting all other encorafenib trials until their completion or transfer to Array for a defined transition period. For all trials transferred to Array, Novartis will reimburse Array for out-of-pocket costs and 50% of Array's FTE costs in connection with completing the trials. Novartis will supply encorafenib for clinical and commercial use for up to 30 months after closing and will also assist Array in the technology and manufacturing transfer of encorafenib. Novartis will also provide Array continued access to several Novartis pipeline compounds for use in currently ongoing combination studies, and possible future studies, including Phase 3 trials, with encorafenib. The effectiveness of the agreement is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and to the consummation of the Novartis-GSK transaction. In addition, Array agreed to undertake to obtain certain third party consents or waivers necessary for Array to consummate the transactions under the Novartis Agreement.
07:44 EDTGSKGlaxo says now in position to deliver 'tens of thousands' of Ebola vaccine doses
Witty expects to start seeing data from trials of Ebola vaccines in next four to five months. GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty speaking on CNBC.
07:36 EDTNVSIncyte earns $25M milestone payment from Novartis for Jakavi
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07:25 EDTNVSNovartis drug Jakavi recommended by CHMP for EU approval
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07:21 EDTCELGCelgene receives positive CHMP opinion for ABRAXANE
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06:39 EDTGSK, MRK, JNJNIH, 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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07:31 EDTJNJBoston Scientific damages in case likely to be manageable, says Wells Fargo
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05:27 EDTSHPGShire reports positive response from European DCP for Elvanse Adult
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05:22 EDTSNYGenzyme Cerdelga granted marketing authorization by EC
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January 21, 2015
16:35 EDTJNJMinerva reports positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202
Minerva Neurosciences (NERV) announced that preliminary results from a Phase 1 clinical study showed that treatment with MIN-202, a selective orexin-2 antagonist, resulted in significant improvements in sleep onset and sleep duration in patients with comorbid insomnia related to major depressive disorder, or MDD. Preliminary results from two additional Phase 1 studies also suggest that MIN-202 is well tolerated and possesses advantageous pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic features. The three Phase 1 studies were conducted by Janssen Research & Development, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), as part of a collaboration to develop MIN-202 with Minerva that was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation Ltd in London.
12:35 EDTNVSNovartis confirms FDA approval for Cosentyx
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12:33 EDTNVSFDA approves Novartis psoriasis drug Cosentyx
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12:30 EDTPFE, GSKGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:26 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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10:16 EDTMRK, SNY, BMY, JNJLeerink 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.
08:36 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $139 from $115 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Celgene to $139 from $115 following last week's guidance from the company. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Celgene shares.
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.
16:23 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
16:00 EDTJNJOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
14:06 EDTSHPGCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:08 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:33 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson falls post-earnings, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says eyeing options in orthopedics, surgical, vision care
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09:21 EDTJNJJ&J says negative impact of currency to be 'more significant' than expected
Says currency impact will be more significant in 1H than in 2H.
09:20 EDTJNJJ&J says 'comfortable' with models reflecting midpoint of FY EPS view
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09:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 reported sales $75B-$76B
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09:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson CEO says core businesses 'strong'
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) providing sustainable, high quality healthcare "one of society's greatest challenges." Says core businesses "strong," positioned to continue expanding their leadership positions. CEO Alex Gorsky says company is changing the way it interacts with customers, evolving to be more "effective," "efficient." Says U.S. OTC consent decree requirements completed. Says in the process of developing a China lung center. Says still plans to take $1B out of P&L in next three years. Says aims to bring Ebola vaccine to market "as fast as possible." Says "well-positioned" for long-term. Says currency headwinds have increased "quite substantially," negatively impacting sales, earnings to greater extent than company had anticipated. Sees Depomed (DEPO) transaction closing in Q2. Expects R&D tax credit will be renewed in 2015. If R&D tax credit is approved, sees effective tax rate for 2015 of approx. 20%-21%. Sees operational sales growth for 2015 approx. 6%. Says Wall Street forecasts may not adequately reflect likely negative impact in 2015 of foreign exchange. Sees FY15 operational sales growth 1%-2% in constant currency. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
08:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 10 major Pharmaceuticals filings from 2013-2017
Sees 10 major filings, 25 line extensions in Pharmaceuticals expected between 2013-2017. Sees about 100 ongoing discovery projects, 50 novel compounds in early development, 5 breakthrough designations. Sees 30 major Medical Devices filings expected from 2014-2016, 20 key Consumer product launches expected global in 2015. Says near-term priorities include: Accelerating growth in Medical Devices through innovation, expanding market leadership in key consumer segments like OTC, Oral Care, Baby and Beauty. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q4 earnings conference call.
08:10 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $247 from $228 at Jefferies
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07:52 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 Pharmaceutical sales $8B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.12-$6.27, consensus $6.13
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.27, consensus $1.26
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07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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