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July 16, 2014
10:36 EDTMYL, COV, VRX, AZN, MDT, ABT, PFE, AGNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
Congress should "shut down" tax inversion deals, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote in a letter to key members of Congress. Tax inversion deals have been embraced in recent months by a number of drug companies looking to lower their tax bills. WHAT'S NEW: In a letter to leaders of Congressional committees that deal with tax legislation, Lew said legislation to shut down tax inversion deal should be enacted immediately and made retroactive to May 2014. The Obama administration seeks to take comprehensive action to reform and simplify the U.S. tax system, but as it works to do that Congress should crack down on this loophole, Lew said. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, BMO Capital analyst David Maris wrote that anti-inversion rhetoric from the Obama administration may cause the environment for inversion deals to become "quite chilly." Although Congress is unlikely to act on this issue soon, the risk of legislation could make some companies think twice about paying high premiums for competitors they are acquiring in inversion deals, the analyst warned. Investors should be especially cautious about deals that are pending or have been recently announced, such as Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott’s (ABT) established products business announced on Monday, Maris wrote. Lew's letter will also hinder Valeant's (VRX) efforts to acquire Allergan (AGN), as the Treasury Secretary's statement will bolster Allergan's argument that Valeant's tax assumptions could be overly positive, according to the analyst. Maris has Outperform ratings on all the stocks mentioned except for Mylan, on which he has an Underperform rating. Another high-profile proposed deal in the pharmaceutical space that involved a potential inversion was Pfizer's (PFE) failed attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN). Additionally, Medtronic (MDT) recently agreed to acquire Ireland's Covidien (COV). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Mylan was little changed at $52.20, Abbott was fractionally higher to $41.25, Valeant was little changed at $120, Allergan traded fractionally lower at $164.30, Medtronic fell 1.7% to $62.48 and Covidien dropped 2% to $88.67.
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July 23, 2015
06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, revenue $3.2B-$3.4B
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06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, revenue $2.6B-$2.8B
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06:04 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 GAAP EPS (15c), Q2 cash EPS $2.56
Excluding negative impact of ForEx and Salix, cash EPS would have been $2.73. Reports Q2 total revenue $2.73B vs. $2.04B last year. Reports Q2 Product sales $2.70B vs. $1.99B last year. Reports Q2 SSS organic growth up 19%. Reports Q2 Salix revenue $313M.
July 22, 2015
13:58 EDTAZNPiper cuts Array target by only 50c after failed trial
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff says selumetinib for Uveal Melanoma is a small indication and represented only a small part of his valuation for Array BioPharma (ARRY). As such, after partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that selumetinib failed in the Phase III trial, the analyst cut his price target for Array by only 50c to $14.50. The primary drivers for Array remain binimetinib and encorafenib in NRAS and BRAF melanoma and low-grade serous ovarian cancer, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
10:15 EDTMDTThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland
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10:06 EDTMYL, ABTAbbott CEO says supportive of Mylan pursuit of Perrigo
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09:33 EDTABTAbbott sees Q3 Diagnostics sales up mid single digits on operational basis
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09:30 EDTABT, MYLAbbott CEO says 'pretty alligned' with Mylan so far
09:15 EDTABTAbbott sees FY15 reported sales growth to be in low single digits
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09:15 EDTABTAbbott sees Q3 EPS 52c-54c, consensus 55c
Sees Q3 impact from foreign exchange to be "somewhat above" 9% based on current exchange rates, resulting in reported sales growth in the low single digits, consensus $5.19B. Guidance from Q2 earnings call.
09:07 EDTABT, AZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTABTAbbott says foreign exchange impacting results more than expected in January
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08:32 EDTPFEPfizer expands lease agreement with MIT subsidiary
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07:49 EDTABTAbbott reports Q2 Nutrition sales $1.72B, Diagnostics sales $1.18B
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07:48 EDTABTAbbott backs FY15 adjusted EPS $2.10-$2.20, consensus $2.16
Abbott forecasts net specified items related to continuing operations for the full year 2015 of approximately 60c per share.
07:47 EDTABTAbbott reports Q2 adjusted EPS 52c, consensus 50c
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05:12 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says Phase 3 study of selumetinib did not meet primary endpoint
AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that the Phase 3 SUMIT study of selumetinib in combination with dacarbazine for the treatment of patients with metastatic uveal melanoma did not meet its primary endpoint of progression free survival. This combination therapy showed an adverse event profile generally consistent with current knowledge of the safety profiles of dacarbazine and selumetinib. A full evaluation of the data is ongoing. Selumetinib is a MEK inhibitor in late-stage development, with a primary Phase 3 program in second-line KRAS-mutant advanced non-small cell lung cancer in combination with docetaxel. Selumetinib is also being investigated in a Phase 3 study in differentiated thyroid cancer and in a Phase 2 registration study in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1. Selumetinib is an oral small molecule MEK inhibitor invented by Array BioPharma (ARRY) and licensed to AstraZeneca in 2003.
July 21, 2015
15:02 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
10:01 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:04 EDTPFEPfizer launches Caltrate Bone & Joint Health supplement
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Caltrate Bone & Joint Health, a 3-in-1, triple action product that delivers UC-II, an exclusive form of collagen, to support healthy cartilage and promote joint flexibility, calcium and vitamin D3, to nourish strong and healthy bones, and vitamin C and minerals to support collagen production for healthy bones and skin.
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