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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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October 17, 2014
07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
07:07 EDTSHPGShire may be buyer instead of target if AbbVie deal breaks, WSJ says
Assuming AbbVie's (ABBV) deal to buy Shire (SHPG) gets cancelled, which appears likely at this point, many analysts and investors believe Shire will become a buyer and Leerink Partners estimates the company could have $10B to use for a takeover deal, reported The Wall Street Journal. AbbVie will also be likely to look for other deals and could be forced to pay up for them, as its top seller, Humira, moves closer to losing patent exclusivity, the Journal said, citing analysts. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
16:29 EDTSHPGShire price target lowered to $198 from $278 at Leerink
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14:47 EDTJNJRoche in pact with Pharmacyclics to evaluate Imbruvica, Gazyva combo
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12:42 EDTAGNAckman believes Allergan, Valeant merger likely, CNBC reports
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12:38 EDTAGNAckman says Allergan CEO manipulated Valeant shares, CNBC reports
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08:58 EDTAGNAllergan was pressured by AbbVie news, says BMO Capital
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08:52 EDTSHPGAbbVie price target lowered to $59 from $71 at BMO Capital
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08:38 EDTPFEBaxter expects divestiture of vaccines business to Pfizer to close in Q4
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08:19 EDTSNYSanofi Pasteur, Immune Design enter collaboration HSV therapy
Immune Design (IMDZ) announced that it has entered into a broad collaboration for the development of a herpes simplex virus, or HSV, immune therapy with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (SNY). Sanofi Pasteur and Immune Design will each contribute product candidates to the collaboration: Sanofi Pasteur will contribute HSV-529, a clinical-stage replication-defective HSV vaccine product candidate, and Immune Design will contribute G103, its preclinical trivalent vaccine product candidate. The collaboration will explore the potential of various combinations of agents, including leveraging Immune Design's GLAASTM platform, with the goal to select the best potential immune therapy for patients. The two companies will develop the products jointly through Phase 2 clinical trials, at which point Sanofi Pasteur intends to continue development of the most promising candidate and be responsible for commercialization. Sanofi Pasteur will bear the costs of all preclinical and clinical development, with Immune Design providing a specific formulation of GLA from the GLAAS platform at its cost through Phase 2 studies. Immune Design will be eligible to receive future milestone and royalty payments on any product developed from the collaboration; other financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
08:08 EDTPFEActavis confirms generic Quillivant XR patent challenge
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07:41 EDTINFIInfinity reports duvelisib Phase 2a primary endpoint not met
Infinity Pharmaceuticals announced encouraging topline data from its Phase 2a exploratory study of duvelisib, or IPI-145. Data from this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study demonstrated that duvelisib was well tolerated and met several secondary and exploratory endpoints in an allergen challenge study. Clinical improvement was observed in the late-phase asthmatic response FEV1 among patients who received duvelisib administered at the highest dose tested, 25 mg twice daily for five days, however the primary endpoint of the study was not met as it did not reach statistical significance. Multiple secondary clinical endpoints measuring improvements in lung function following duvelisib administration were achieved with statistical significance and were associated with changes in key cytokines and chemokines involved in the asthmatic response. Taken together, these data demonstrate early proof-of-activity in this allergen challenge study. Infinity expects to present the final data in a peer-reviewed setting after all analyses are complete. In addition, the company anticipates determining its next steps for development of PI3K-delta,gamma inhibitors in inflammation after evaluating the results from the ASPIRA study in rheumatoid arthritis, which are expected by the end of 2014.
07:28 EDTPFEFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting on Chantix
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07:23 EDTAGNIBF Conferences to hold a summit
Ophthalmology Innovation Summit is being held in Chicago on October 16.
06:17 EDTSHPGJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
05:50 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility movement; SHPG SIRI
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05:37 EDTSHPGShire releases statement regarding AbbVie withdrawal of recommendation
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05:21 EDTSHPGAbbVie recommends holders vote against Shire transaction
Following Shire's (SHPG) waiver of the three-day notice period, AbbVie (ABBV) announces its board withdraws its recommendation made on July 18 regarding the proposed Shire transaction and recommends that stockholders vote against the transaction. AbbVie and its board made this determination following a detailed consideration of the impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury's unilateral changes to the tax rules, as issued on September 22. The breadth and scope of the changes, including the unexpected nature of the exercise of administrative authority to impact longstanding tax principles, and to target specifically a subset of companies that would be treated differently than either other inverted companies or foreign domiciled entities, introduced an unacceptable level of uncertainty to the transaction. Additionally, the changes eliminated certain of the financial benefits of the transaction, most notably the ability to access current and future global cash flows in a tax efficient manner as originally contemplated in the transaction. This fundamentally changed the implied value of Shire to AbbVie in a significant manner. Under the conditions of AbbVie's offer and the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, the withdrawal of the recommendation alone will not cause a lapse of AbbVie's offer or terminate the Co-operation Agreement between AbbVie and Shire. Unless Shire and the U.K. Takeover Panel agree otherwise, AbbVie must convene an AbbVie stockholder meeting to consider the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement. AbbVie's offer will lapse if the company's stockholders do not adopt the agreement. Assuming Shire provides the requisite cooperation and consents, a pre-effective amendment to the registration statement filed by AbbVie Private Limited in connection with the combination is expected to be filed with the SEC as soon as practicable. Under the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, following the withdrawal of the AbbVie Board of Directors' recommendation, a break fee of approximately $1.64B will be payable to Shire if either: AbbVie stockholders do not approve the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement at an AbbVie stockholder meeting; or such a meeting does not occur by December 14.
October 15, 2014
17:17 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire both look like buys no matter what, Barron's says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) both offer great value and are buys even without a merger, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
16:37 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
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