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July 30, 2014
18:02 EDTAMGNAmgen shares could gain 25%, Barron's says
Amgen shares could see a 25% gain driven by the company's guidance and restructuring, Barron's argues in its "Barron's Take" column. The stock also has a 1.9% dividend yield, the paper adds. Reference Link
17:12 EDTAMGNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:31 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce plan to use priority review voucher for alirocumab
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the companies intend to use a FDA rare pediatric disease priority review voucher in connection with the Biologics License Application, or BLA, submission for alirocumab. The priority review voucher entitles the holder to designate a BLA for priority review, which provides for an expedited 6-month review from the filing date instead of the standard 10-month review. Regeneron Ireland, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, purchased the voucher from BioMarin GALNS, a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN), which had received it through the FDA's rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program. Sanofi and Regeneron will equally share the purchase price of $67.5M. Sanofi and Regeneron expect to submit U.S. and EU regulatory submissions for alirocumab before year end.
12:33 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi likely to file alirocumab BLA this year, says Piper Jaffray
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10:37 EDTPFEInnoPharma announces launch of generic Zyprexa in Canada
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09:38 EDTAMGNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN TWTR NFLX GILD C MA FB RFMD AMGN GNW TSLA
09:04 EDTAMGNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTSNYSanofi and Regeneron report positive Phase 2 results of alirocumab
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08:08 EDTPFEBaxter announces divestiture of commercial vaccines business to Pfizer for $635M
Baxter International (BAX) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its two commercially marketed vaccines and related production facilities to Pfizer (PFE) for a total cash consideration of $635M, subject to certain adjustments. The sale includes the company’s commercial vaccines business, which is comprised of NeisVac-C, a vaccine which helps protect against meningitis caused by group C meningococcal meningitis, and FSME-IMMUN, which helps protect against tick-borne encephalitis, an infection of the brain transmitted by the bite of ticks infected with the TBE-virus. Both vaccines are currently available outside the United States, primarily in a number of European markets. Baxter continues to explore strategic options, including the potential for partnering or divesting its R&D development programs focused on influenza and Lyme disease. Subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, the companies expect to close the transaction by the end of 2014. Baxter expects 2014 vaccines revenues to total approximately $300M and adjusted earnings of approximately 25c per diluted share, including approximately $50M of one-time milestone payments related to the ongoing government collaborations for development of influenza vaccines. Baxter expects the transaction to be modestly dilutive to fourth quarter 2014 adjusted earnings and dilutive to 2015 adjusted earnings by approximately 15c per diluted share.
08:06 EDTOREXOrexigen receives Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues from EMA
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer enters into agreement to acquire Baxter's portfolio of marketed vaccines
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07:50 EDTJNJSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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07:04 EDTAMGNAmgen price target raised to $138 from $125 at RBC Capital
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06:16 EDTAMGNOptions expected to be active: TWTR BWLD AXP DWA PNRA AMGN X FB
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06:00 EDTAMGNAmgen price target raised to $150 from $143 at Piper Jaffray
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July 29, 2014
18:35 EDTAMGNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:22 EDTAMGNAmgen says total product sales increased 8% in Q2
Total product sales increased 8% for the second quarter of 2014 versus the second quarter of 2013. The increase was mainly driven by ENBREL, Kyprolis, Prolia and XGEVA. Product sales in the second quarter of 2013 included a positive adjustment of $185M to previous estimates for managed Medicaid rebates based on claims experience.
16:21 EDTAMGNAmgen to reduce global workforce by 12%-15%
The company announced a restructuring plan today to invest in continuing innovation and the launch of its new pipeline molecules, while improving its cost structure. Initial efforts include streamlining the organization, reducing layers of management, increasing managerial spans of responsibility and beginning implementation of a revised geographic site plan. As a first step, the company will reduce staff by 2,400-2,900, beginning later this year and continuing through 2015, predominantly in the U.S. This represents approximately 12% to 15% of Amgen’s global workforce. The company will also close its facilities in the states of Washington and Colorado
16:19 EDTAMGNAmgen raises FY14 EPS view to $8.20-$8.40 from $7.90-$8.20, consensus $8.09
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16:16 EDTAMGNAmgen reports Q2 EPS $2.37, consensus $2.07
Reports Q2 revenue $5.18B, consensus $4.9B.
15:53 EDTAMGNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:49 EDTAMGNEarnings Preview: Amgen counting on newer drugs to boost sales
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12:13 EDTMRK, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:11 EDTAMGNAmgen technical comments before results
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10:31 EDTPFEPfizer says looking at 'wide spectrum' of M&A transactions
Sees repurchasing 100M more shares this year.
10:20 EDTPFEPfizer says will look at all deals 'regardless of size'
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09:44 EDTMRKMerck CEO says has not been urged for big consolidation deal, CNBC says
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08:50 EDTPFE, JNJHarris & Harris invests in Accelerator Corporation
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08:32 EDTMRKMerck says not interested in deal solely, primarily for inversion
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07:19 EDTMRKCBI to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTINFIBMO Capital to hold a conference
3rd Annual Biotech Corporate Access Day to be held in Boston on July 29.
07:12 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 GEP revenue $6.51B, GIP revenue $3.55B
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07:09 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer granted EU approval for Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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07:06 EDTPFEPfizer sees completing palbociclib filing in advanced breast cancer in August
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07:04 EDTPFEPfizer still sees buying back about $5B in stock this year
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07:03 EDTPFEPfizer backs FY14 adjusted EPS view $2.20-$2.30, consensus $2.24
Lowers FY14 adjusted revenue view to $48.7B-$50.7B from $49.2B-$51.2B previously. The expected negative impact from anticipated multi-source generic competition for Celebrex in the U.S. beginning in December. In addition to the approximate one month of multi-source generic competition, Celebrex revenues also are expected to be negatively impacted in fourth-quarter 2014 by associated wholesaler and retailer destocking.
07:01 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 adjusted EPS 58c, consensus 57c
Reports Q2 revenue $12.8B, consensus $12.46B.
06:59 EDTMRKMerck sees FY14 revenue $42.4B-$43.2B, consensus $42.56B
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06:58 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 Januvia sales $1.58B, Q2 Zetia sales $1.13B
Reports Q2 Remicade sales $607M; Q2 Isentress sales $453M; Q2 Gardasili sales $409M; Q2 Proquad sales $326M; Q2 Singulair sales $284M; Q2 Nanosex sales $258M.
06:57 EDTMRKMerck sees FY14 non-GAAP EPS $3.43-$3.53, consensus $3.48
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06:57 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 85c, consensus 81c
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTMRK, PFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:03 EDTMRKEarnings Preview: Merck's pharmaceutical sales dependent on newer drugs
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13:20 EDTJNJPharmacyclics granted regular approval for Imbruvica
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13:12 EDTPFEEarnings Preview: Pfizer looks for earnings boost from Lyrica, Xalkori
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12:26 EDTJNJPharmacyclics off lows, turns positive after FDA expands Imbruvica indication
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12:24 EDTJNJFDA expands approved use of Imbruvica for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Imbruvica to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who carry a deletion in chromosome 17, which is associated with poor responses to standard treatment for CLL. Imbruvica received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use. The FDA is also approving new labeling to reflect that Imbruvica’s clinical benefit in treating CLL has been verified. Imbruvica’s new use is being approved more than two months ahead of the product’s prescription drug user fee goal date of Oct. 7, the date the FDA was scheduled to complete review of the drug application. Imbruvica also received accelerated approval in November 2013 for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least one prior therapy. Clinical studies to verify and describe Imbruvica’s clinical benefit in mantle cell lymphoma are ongoing. Imbruvica is being jointly developed and commercialized in the United States by Pharmacyclics (PCYC) and Janssen Biotech (JNJ).
10:36 EDTMRKMerck August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Merck August weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, August is at 16, September is at 15, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 result on July 29.
10:02 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Aon plc (AON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DSW (DSW) downgraded at Sterne Agee... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Lear (LEA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Wedbush... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Pfizer (PFE) downgraded at BMO Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Selmer Scientific (SMLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... TransCanada (TRP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
09:02 EDTSNYSanofi, InnerWorkings sign global marketing partnership
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08:43 EDTPFEPfizer downgraded at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital downgraded Pfizer to Market Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited what it sees as the weakening of the company's mature franchises and significant loss of exclusivity headwinds in 2015. Target to $31 from $34.
06:36 EDTPFEPfizer downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:32 EDTJNJJ&J dispute with Boston Scientific looks set to go to trial, NY Times says
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05:55 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; IGT PFE
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05:36 EDTSHPGAbbVie upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTAGNS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
11:22 EDTOREXOptions with increasing implied volatility: OREX TLM IP BG
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09:19 EDTAMGNAmgen weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:54 EDTJNJEMA issues positive opinion, recommends approval of Imbruvica
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07:57 EDTAGNAllergan says CHMP recommends extending OZURDEX marketing authorization
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07:36 EDTAMGNEMA adopts positive opinion on new indication for Xgeva
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07:33 EDTAGNEMA recommends expanded indication for Ozurdex
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07:30 EDTNVONovo Nordisk receives positive opinion from CHMP
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07:29 EDTPFEEMA recommends indication for Ecalta to treat invasive candidiasis
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion recommending a variation to the terms of the marketing authorization for the medicinal product Ecalta, offered by Pfizer. The CHMP adopted a change to an indication as follows: "Treatment of invasive candidiasis in adult patients."
07:23 EDTNVOEMA recommends approval for Novo Nordisk diabetes treatment
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07:17 EDTJNJEMA recommends approval for Gilead, Janssen blood cancer drugs
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05:35 EDTAMGNBayer, Onyx reports NEXAVAR Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint
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July 24, 2014
14:35 EDTAGNObama to call for elimination of tax inversion deals, NY Times says
President Obama will call on Congress today to eliminate the tax inversion loophole, according to The New York Times. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott’s (ABT), Medtronic's acquisition of Covidien (COV)and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Alletgan (AGN)Reference Link
09:16 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:39 EDTJNJOrganovo enters 3D bio-printed tissue agreement with J&J unit
Organovo (ONVO) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Janssen Research and Development, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), to evaluate the use of 3D bio-printed tissue in a drug discovery setting, outside of the company’s work in 3D liver tissue for toxicity testing. Terms were not disclosed.
08:32 EDTMRKMerck initiates Phase 3 study of Letermovir
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08:19 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:08 EDTAGNValeant files official complaint about Allergan's statements
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July 23, 2014
11:21 EDTSHPGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:28 EDTSHPGShire enters licensing and collaboration agreement with ArmaGen
Shire and ArmaGen, a US privately held biotechnology company, announced a worldwide licensing and collaboration agreement for AGT-182, an investigational enzyme replacement therapy for the potential treatment of both the central nervous system and somatic manifestations in patients with Hunter syndrome. Shire will obtain worldwide commercialization rights for AGT-182 in exchange for payments of approximately $225M to ArmaGen, including an initial upfront payment of $15M in cash and equity, an additional equity investment, R&D funding, development milestones and sales milestones, in addition to royalty payments. ArmaGen will be responsible for conducting and completing the Phase I/II study which it expects to initiate before the end of 2014, after which point Shire will be responsible for further clinical development, including Phase III trials, and commercialization.
06:45 EDTAGNLawmakers divided on inversion deals, NY Times says
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06:01 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 18, Shire (SHPG) 19 according to iVolatility.
July 22, 2014
16:18 EDTPFEPuma Biotech now responsible for R&D expenses associated with legacy trials
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10:48 EDTSHPGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:27 EDTAGNAllergan stand alone value now above Valeant offer, says Bernstein
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06:56 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $230 from $202 at BMO Capital
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05:59 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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05:49 EDTAGNAllergan upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Allergan to Buy citing expectations for an accretive acquisition and the company's "solid" cost cutting efforts. The firm raised its price target for shares to $200 from $180.
July 21, 2014
18:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up marginally after reporting Q2 results... Sanmina (SANM), up 13.2% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates... Chipotle (CMG), up 10.1%... Helix (HLX), up 5.2%... Canadian National (CNI), up 1.13%... CYS Investments (CYS), up 1.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Apache (APA), up 5% after Bloomberg says JANA discloses $1B position... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% after announcing a $5B share repurchase program... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 4.3% after reporting second quarter results and preliminary clinical results from TG-1101 Phase I study... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Rambus (RMBS), down 3.6% after reporting second quarter results... Ultra Clean (UCTT), down 4% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Tallgrass Energy (TEP), down 5% after filing to sell 7M common units representing limited partners.
17:03 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson announces $5B share repurchase program
Johnson & Johnson announced that its board has approved the repurchase of up to $5B of the company's common stock. The company had approximately 2.82B shares of common stock outstanding as of June 29.
17:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson announces $5B share repurchase program
16:22 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
14:54 EDTAGNAckman says not hedged in position in Allergan
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14:49 EDTAGNAckman says afraid Allergan will make all-cash acquisition mistake
Bill Ackman speaking on Bloomberg TV.
14:47 EDTAGNAckman again says Allergan board not willing to engage
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12:42 EDTAGNAckman says Valeant will rise around $10 should Allergan engage
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12:35 EDTAGNAckman calls Allergan restructuring a 'Valeant light' effort
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12:34 EDTAGNAckman says Valeant does not need to raise bid for Allergan
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12:34 EDTAGNAckman says market sees higher chance of Allergan, Valeant merger
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12:10 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:22 EDTAGNAllergan CEO: At the end of the day, it's up to Valeant to say what's going on
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11:15 EDTAGNAllergan to ask board to approve new form of compensation for top management
The new form of compensation will be pegged to delivering the EPS outlook given earlier today. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
11:06 EDTAGNAllergan cost cuts provide floor valuation, says BMO Capital
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10:27 EDTSHPGUBS pharma and federal affairs analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:02 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
08:50 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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08:07 EDTAGNAllergan: Approx. 94% of customer-facing personnel unaffected by restructuring
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08:06 EDTAGNAllergan sees Q3 EPS $1.44-$1.47, consensus $1.45
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08:05 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 total net product sales $6.9B-$7.05B
Sees total specialty pharamceuticals net sales $5.87B-$5.98B, total core medical devices net sales $1.01B-$1.05B. Sees FY BOTOX net sales $2.2B-$2.28B, LATISSE net sales $100M. Sees effective tax rate on non-GAAP earnings between 26% and 27%.
08:03 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 EPS $5.74-$5.80, consensus $5.70
Allergan reconfirms its aspiration of double digit sales growth across the strategic plan period (2014 through 2019), as the planned reductions in selling, general and administrative expenses and reduced focus on lower-value spend will have only a modest impact on the net sales growth. Allergan’s strategic plan (2014 through 2019) is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth. Allergan estimates 2014 EPS between $5.74 and $5.80. Allergan estimates 2015 EPS between $8.20 and $8.40. Allergan estimates 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan currently estimates that it will incur total non-recurring pre-tax charges of between $375 million and $425 million in connection with the restructuring and other costs, of which $65 million to $75 million will be a non-cash charge associated with the acceleration of previously unrecognized share-based compensation costs and certain other non-cash accounting adjustments. The restructuring charges and other costs will primarily consist of employee severance and other one-time termination benefits, facility lease and other contract terminations, accelerated depreciation and asset write-downs, accelerated equity-based compensation, temporary labor and duplicate operating expenses. These non-recurring charges will be incurred beginning in the third quarter of 2014 and are expected to continue through the second quarter of 2015.
08:02 EDTAGNAllergan to reduce workforce by approx. 1,500 employees
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08:01 EDTAGNAllergan reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.51, consensus $1.44
Reports Q2 revenue $1.86B, consensus $1.77B.
08:01 EDTSHPGAbbVie acquisition positive, says Argus
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07:59 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
Leerink downgraded Shire (SHPG) on Friday to Market Perform citing the takeover by AbbVie (ABBV) as it does not expect competitive bids to emerge.
07:21 EDTMRKGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:15 EDTAGNValeant Allergan contacts Quebec, U.S. regulators regarding Allergan statements
Valeant (VRX) has contacted both the Autorite des marches financiers in Quebec and the SEC regarding Allergan (AGN) apparent attempt to "mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business despite Valeant's public statements correcting such information." The latest statements were made last Friday when Allergan asserted in an SEC filing that Bausch + Lomb's pharmaceutical sales were stagnant or declining. Valeant's decision to contact the authorities also reflects concerns raised by several Canadian Valeant shareholders about comments made about Valeant by Allergan's management during recent meetings with these investors in Canada.
07:11 EDTSNYInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTAGNValeant, Ackman go to SEC over Allergan claims, CNBC reports
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06:43 EDTMRKGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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06:34 EDTAGNCapital Research sells nearly all its Allergan stake, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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July 18, 2014
18:04 EDTSHPGAbbVie purchase of Shire worth the premium, Barron's reports
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16:47 EDTSHPGMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:51 EDTAGNKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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11:27 EDTAGNSamlyn undecided on support for Valeant bid for Allergan, Dow says
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11:25 EDTSHPGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:38 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
Shire (SHPG) is being acquired by AbbVie (ABBV).
10:34 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Shire (SHPG) is being acquired by AbbVie (ABBV).
10:30 EDTSHPGAbbVie says can't back out of Shire deal based on tax law change, Bloomberg says
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09:29 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire says merger should help in enhanced buyback and dividend programs
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06:23 EDTSHPGShire raises FY14 EPS to low-to-mid 30% growth from mid-to-high teens
Raises FY14 product sales guidance to growth in high teens from mid-to-high teens. Shire continues to expect royalties and other revenues to be 10%-15% lower than 2013.
06:19 EDTSHPGShire reports Q2 EPS $2.67, consensus $2.45
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05:17 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire agree on merger worth GBP32B pounds
The boards of AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended combination of Shire with AbbVie. Under the terms of the Merger, Shire shareholders will be entitled to receive per share GBP 24.44 in cash and 0.8960 new AbbVie shares. Immediately following the transaction, Shire shareholders are expected to hold new AbbVie Shares representing approximately 25% of the issued share capital of new AbbVie. AbbVie expects the transaction to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in the first year following completion, growing to above $1.00 per share by 2020, with "material ongoing financial and operating benefits." The AbbVie board also expects the transaction to reduce New AbbVie's effective tax rate to approximately 13% by 2016. The Shire board said it "considers the terms of the Transaction to be fair and reasonable." In order to undertake the transaction, AbbVie has formed a new company, New AbbVie, which is incorporated in Jersey, Shire's current place of incorporation. Following completion of the Transaction, New AbbVie will become the holding company of the Shire Group and the AbbVie Group. It is intended that the New AbbVie Shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
05:12 EDTSHPGAbbVie to acquire Shire for 52.48 pounds per share in cash, stock
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July 17, 2014
16:45 EDTAGNPershing Square looks to obtain consents for special meeting
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16:10 EDTAMGNAmgen announces positive Phase 3 results for AMG 416
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14:54 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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13:34 EDTSHPGShire reports results from Vyvanse vs. Concerta studies in adolescents with ADHD
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12:56 EDTSHPGAbbVie set to announce GBP 31B deal to buy Shire, FT says
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12:54 EDTSHPGAbbVie set to announce GBP 31B deal to buy Shire, FT says
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11:12 EDTSHPGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports 18% passive stake in Minerva
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10:20 EDTAGNPershing sees coming 13-Fs to show long-term Allergan holders have been selling
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09:00 EDTAGNAckman says large takeover by Allergan could be 'enormously value destructive'
08:44 EDTAGNPershing says special meeting warranted given 'poor governance' at Allergan
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08:08 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce enrollment in Phase IV EMANATE trial for Eliquis
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07:00 EDTAGNPaulson says Allergan could be wroth $220 per share, WSJ reports
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