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News For NVO;VPHM;INFI;MRK;AGN;SHPG;SGEN;OREX;AMGN;SNY;JNJ;PFE From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
07:18 EDTPFEPfizer raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.01-$2.07, consensus $2.04
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07:17 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 innovative products revenue $6.63B, up 8%
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07:16 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $388 from $354 at Leerink
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07:11 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 Pharmaceutical sales $8.56B
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07:05 EDTJNJMacroGenics reports MGD011 advances into clinical development
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck narrows FY15 EPS view to $3.45-$3.55, consensus $3.45
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07:03 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 EPS 86c, consensus 81c
Reports Q2 revenue $9.8B, consensus $9.8B.
07:02 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 EPS adjusted 56c, consensus 52c
Reports Q2 revenue $11.9B, consensus $11.42B.
06:49 EDTMRKMerck to acquire cCam Biotherapeutics for $95M
Merck and cCAM Biotherapeutics announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire cCAM Biotherapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel cancer immunotherapies. Under terms of the agreement, Merck, through a subsidiary, will acquire all outstanding stock of cCAM in exchange for an upfront payment of $95M in cash. In addition, cCAM shareholders of record are eligible to receive a total of up to $510M associated with the attainment of certain clinical development, regulatory and commercial milestones. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions.
06:32 EDTMRKMerck's grazoprevir/elbasvir application accepted by FDA
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06:06 EDTAGNTeva upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst David Maris upgraded Teva (TEVA) to Outperform after the company reached a deal to buy Allergan's (AGN) generics business for $40.5B and dropped its proposal to acquire Mylan (MYL). The acquisition looks "very positive" high accretion and significant cost savings, Maris tells investors in a research note. The deal is a "much better option" than Mylan and brings Teva a leading pipeline of generics, Maris writes. He raised his price target for shares of Teva to $80 from $75. The stock closed yesterday up $10.22 to $72.07.
05:39 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $366 from $333 at UBS
UBS analyst Marc Goodman raised his price target for Allergan (AGN) to $366 saying he remains bullish on the stock after the company sold its generics business to Teva (TEVA). The sale was a surprise, but you can't blame Allergan management for selling at that price, Goodman told investors yesterday in a research note titled "An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse." He sees "significant upside potential" in shares of Allergan and keeps a Buy rating on the name. The maker of Botox closed yesterday up $18.99 to $327.20.
05:27 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi launch immuno-oncology collaboration
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July 27, 2015
18:30 EDTPFE, AGNAllergan CEO pursuing 'transformational deals,' FT says
In a Financial Times interview following the sale of its generics unit to Teva (TEVA), Allergan's (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders stated, "We’re going to contemplate transformational deals... We couldn’t before because of our capital structure and debt, but now we can." When asked about the timing of a potential deal, Saunders remarked, "We’re not going to plod along," and when asked about a hypothetical takeover by Pfizer (PFE), the CEO commented, "I spend zero time thinking about Pfizer and I am not doing anything to make us more or less attractive to them." Reference Link
17:36 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, with weakness attributed to the Chinese market suffering its worst one day loss in over eight years. The U.S. indexes remained in the negatives throughout the day as traders prepare for one of the heaviest weeks for this earnings season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders advanced 3.4% in June versus expectations for a 3.2% increase. Excluding transportation items, the core reading was up 0.8% against estimates for a 0.5% gain. In China, the Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% and the Shenzhen composite dropped 7%, with the moves generally attributed to concerns over growth and fears that the government may pull its market support. Note that Dow Jones quoted the country's top securities regulator this morning as saying China plans to increase stock purchases by the state. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Teva (TEVA) jumped $10.15, or 16.41%, to $72.07 after the generic drugmaker dropped its pursuit of Mylan (MYL), opting instead to acquire Allergan's (AGN) global generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5B. Allergan shares rose 6.09% for the session, and Mylan fell 14.51% to $56.37 while reiterating its commitment to pursue Perrigo (PRGO), whose shares gained 3.81% to $193.60. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wabtec (WAB), which rose $6.59, or 7.21%, to $97.93 after agreeing to buy Faiveley Transport for roughly $1.8B, noting that it expects EPS accretion in 2016. In other M&A news, Magnetek (MAG) finished the session up $17.27, or 53.55%, to $49.52 after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share, while Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) jumped $2.62, or 8.71%%, to $32.70 after agreeing to buy Roofing Supply Group at a transaction value of about $1.1B. Also higher were shares of Xueda Education (XUE), which surged 50.63% after Xiamen Insight Investment announced a deal to purchase the company for $5.50 per American Depository Share. Xueda's positive move came in stark contrast to numerous Chinese stocks traded in New York, with Baidu (BIDU) slipping 4.16% and Alibaba (BABA) losing 2.01% after China's Shanghai composite index plunged overnight. Also lower was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), declining $6.01, or 5.69%, to $99.59 after agreeing to acquire SNL Financial for roughly $2.225B in cash. Additionally, GrubHub (GRUB) lost 8.37% to $30.99 following a downgrade from Cowen citing competitive concerns and market saturation. INDEXES: The Dow fell 127.94, or 0.73%, to 17,440.59, the Nasdaq lost 48.85, or 0.96%, to 5,039.78, and the S&P 500 declined 12.01, or 0.58%, to 2,067.64.
16:46 EDTAGNAllergan, KYTHERA announce early termination of HSR waiting period
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16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:03 EDTPFE, MRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:43 EDTMRKEarnings Watch: Merck's Keytruda sales will be focus in Q2 results
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12:36 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares nearly flat since last earnings report
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