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September 2, 2014
05:18 EDTNVONovo Nordisk discontinues activities within inflammatory disorders
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September 1, 2014
13:48 EDTPFEProtalix to host conference call
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13:23 EDTNVONovo Nordisk launches diabetes drug Ryzodeg in Mexico, Reuters says
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August 31, 2014
14:22 EDTSNYSanofi, Regeneron announce results from four Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials
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14:04 EDTPFE, JNJ, MRK, NVOWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
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12:50 EDTAMGN, SNY, PFEEuropean Society of Cardiology to hold a conference
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August 29, 2014
12:23 EDTSNYNovartis drug data to be presented this weekend
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10:17 EDTPFEInnoPharma announces FDA approval of generic Dacogen
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10:06 EDTSNYSanofi unit treatment of Fabry's disease granted orphan status
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08:18 EDTSNYPerrigo among companies showing interest in Omega Pharma, Bloomberg says
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August 28, 2014
17:42 EDTJNJJ&J begins sales process for its medical device unit Cordis, WSJ says
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13:17 EDTPFEPfizer, Protalix announce FDA approves ELELYSO pediatric indication
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09:18 EDTAMGNAmgen anounces Evolocumab YUKAWA-2 study meets co-primary endpoints
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09:04 EDTAMGNAmgen submits evolocumab BLA to FDA
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08:55 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Digital Ally (DGLY), up 16% after announcing order from Michigan State Police for over $1.1M... EnteroMedics (ETRM), up 12.4% after reporting three-year data from Maestro RC system... Repros (RPRX), up 0.8% after Androxal achieves superiority in both co-primary endpoints in a study... Synthetic Biologics (SYN), up 2.7% after Pfizer (PFE) was granted FDA Fast Track designation for its investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate. Synthetic Biologics announced earlier this week that SYN-004, the company's lead anti-infective product candidate for the prevention of the effects of C. difficile, will be presented in October... Signet (SIG), up 3.9% after Q2 revenue tops consensus. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 5.7%... Guess (GES), down 8.3%... Frontline (FRO), down 7%. ALSO LOWER: Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 10.9% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley following the company's Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 2% after downgraded at Raymond James... Sungy Mobile (GOMO), down 20.1% following earnings report, CFO resignation, downgrade of stock at Oppenheimer... Genesco (GCO), down 7.7% after cutting fiscal year forecast.
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer says FDA grants fast track designation to C-difficile vaccine candidate
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration thas granted Fast Track designation to the company’s investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate PF-06425090. Currently in Phase 2 clinical development, the vaccine candidate is designed to prevent C. difficile-associated disease, which can include life-threatening diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis. The FDA’s Fast Track approach is a process designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs and vaccines intended to treat or prevent serious conditions and address an unmet medical need.
August 27, 2014
17:49 EDTSHPGGSK, Shire rumored to be interested in Tekmira, Daily Mail says
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Shire (SHPG) are rumored to be interested in a bid for Tekmira (TKMR), reports Daily Mail. Tekmira could be a value to potential suitors, capitalized at approximately GBP 400M and the company could cost over GBP 1B in a takeover, Daily Mail adds. Reference Link
13:33 EDTAGNValeant, Pershing suit against Allergan expedited, WSJ says
After a hearing on Wednesday morning in Delaware Chancery Court, a judge has expedited a lawsuit from Valeant (VRX) and Pershing Square's William Ackman against Allergan (AGN), says the Wall Street Journal. Last week Valeant and Ackman sued Allergan to quickly schedule a special meeting to decide on the fate of Allergan's board members, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
09:53 EDTPFE, MRKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ASML (ASML) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Concur (CNQR) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... CyrusOne (CONE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Garmin (GRMN) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Oxford Industries (OXM) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kirkland's (KIRK) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington.
09:20 EDTAMGNFDA grants Amgen priority review designation for ivabradine
Amgen announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review designation for ivabradine for the treatment of chronic heart failure. Ivabradine is an oral drug that inhibits the If current in the sinoatrial node, the body's cardiac pacemaker. The New Drug Application is based on global clinical trial data from the Phase 3 SHIFT, or Systolic Heart failure treatment with the If inhibitor ivabradine Trial), study. The SHIFT study compared ivabradine to placebo on top of standard-of-care therapies, including beta-blockers, in more than 6,500 patients in sinus rhythm with reduced left ventricular function and heart rate greater than 70 beats per minute.
06:42 EDTPFEPfizer initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTMRKMerck initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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August 26, 2014
20:04 EDTAGNAllergan requests block to Ackman, Valeant votes, announces Special Meeting date
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16:45 EDTAGNAllergan schedules special meeting on takeover for December 18, WSJ says
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11:21 EDTAMGNAmgen added to short term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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10:18 EDTNVONovo Nordisk has no plans for large acquisitions, WSJ says
Lars Sorensen, the CEO of Denmark-based Novo Nordisk, says that despite the increased deal-making activity in the global pharmaceutical industry of late, Novo Nordisk has no plans to acquire any entity that it can't fund through its own cash flows, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:01 EDTPFE, MRKPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
16:17 EDTAMGNWestern Digital CFO Leyden to retire, Olivier Leonetti to succeed
Western Digital (WDC) announced that CFO Tim Leyden is retiring. He is being succeeded by Olivier Leonetti, who has served as vice president, finance at Amgen (AMGN) from 2011. Leyden will remain with the company through January 2015 in a transition role and advisory capacity to president and chief executive officer Steve Milligan and to Leonetti for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition. The changes are effective as of September 8.
16:13 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
12:19 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:48 EDTSNYSanofi and Regeneron co-host a conference call
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10:40 EDTSNYBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
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09:11 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
06:29 EDTPFEPfizer mulls possible AstraZeneca offer options, FT says
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05:17 EDTMRKAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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August 22, 2014
19:02 EDTAGNAllergan confirms Pershing written request, board views Valeant offer inadequate
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18:33 EDTAGNPershing Square submits requisite requests from Allergan holders to call meeting
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14:19 EDTPFEViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for HIV-1 treatment Triumeq
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12:39 EDTSNYThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
09:33 EDTAGNValeant to request today special meeting of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) will deliver today a request of 30%-plus of Allergan (AGN) shareholders for a special meeting, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources.
06:49 EDTAGNJudge rejects Allergan inquiry to quicken insider trading case, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTAGNJudge refuses to prevent special Allergan shareholder meeting, NY Times says
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August 21, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce approval of Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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09:54 EDTPFEPotential Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal seen around year-end, Reuters says
Investors and analysts see Pfizer (PFE) making another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) around year-end, even though talks between the two can resume on August 26 per British takeover rules, Reuters reports. Reference Link
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
05:42 EDTSNY, JNJIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
17:59 EDTAGNAllergan talks with Salix in defense tactic said to be dormant, Bloomberg says
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17:35 EDTAGNAllergan said to explore options outside of Salix acquisition, Bloomberg says
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11:09 EDTINFIHigh option volume stocks
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10:53 EDTAGNAnalysts say Salix takeover would boost Allergan
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09:46 EDTAGNAllergan merger deal not imminent, CNBC's Faber reports
An acquisition by Allergan (AGN) is not imminent, CNBC's David Faber reports. Salix (SLXP) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) are said to be potential targets of the company, Faber adds. Valeant (VRX) could announce over the next few days that it has enough votes to call for a special meeting, the reported said.
08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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07:19 EDTAGNPossible Allergan Salix deal could be 8% accretive in '15-'16, says Wells Fargo
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) had approached Salix (SLXP) and other companies about a potential acquisition, Wells Fargo thinks that a largely debt financed purchase of Salix could be 8% accretive for Allergan in 2015-2016, reaching 12% accretion in 2018.
07:07 EDTAGNSome Valeant shareholders express uncertainty over Allergan deal, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTAGNSalix buyout price could be near $192 per share, says William Blair
William Blair believes a combined Allergan (AGN) and Salix (SLXP) would be very attractive. The firm estimates a potential takeover price for Salix towards the high end of its $176-$192 per share range. Salix rose 16% yesterday to $160.80 after Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan approached the company and at least one other about a takeover.
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTAGNAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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16:46 EDTSNYFDA approves Genzyme Cerdelga capsules
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14:40 EDTAGNSterne Agee says Allergan could pay up to $190 for Salix and still be accretive
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13:13 EDTAGNAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:06 EDTAGNSalix jumps 6% to $147.85 after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:05 EDTAGNAllergan approached Salix about takeover, WSJ reports
05:11 EDTAMGNGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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