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July 23, 2014
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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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July 22, 2014
16:18 EDTPFEPuma Biotech now responsible for R&D expenses associated with legacy trials
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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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05:49 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
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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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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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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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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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July 16, 2014
17:46 EDTAGNAckman says he thinks Allergan-Valeant deal eventually gets done
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17:42 EDTAGNPershing Square's Ackman says Allergan's attack on Valeant unprecedented
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10:36 EDTAGN, PFETreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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10:31 EDTAGNPershing Square Capital Management holds analyst/industry conference call
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09:27 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire InnoPharma for upfront cash payment of $225M
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09:16 EDTAGNPershing Square sends letter to Allergan's board of directors
Pershing Square Capital Management announced it has sent a letter to Allergan's Board of Directors. Pershing Square last Friday filed definitive solicitation materials with the U.S. SEC to seek shareholder support for a special meeting of Allergan shareholders and is now actively soliciting shareholder support to call the meeting. At this special meeting, Allergan shareholders will be able to voice their opinions on a number of critical matters, including the proposed removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the proposed appointment of an independent slate of directors and certain other proposed provisions to improve Allergan’s corporate governance.
09:03 EDTSNYSanofi held talks on mature drugs with Abbott, Mylan, PE firms, Reuters says
Sanofi (SNY) has shopped an $8.5B portfolio of mature drugs to Abbott (ABT), Mylan (MYL) and private equity firms, according to Reuters, citing an internal company document circulated by the CGT union. Sanofi is considering whether to sell, carve out or create a joint venture for the portfolio of about 200 drugs, but a Sanofi spokesman said no decision has yet been made, the report noted. Reference Link
08:55 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
Leerink views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Johnson & Johnson as a buying opportunity. The firm expects "several" more quarters of outperformance and raised its price target for the stock to $115 from $110. It keeps an Outperform rating on J&J.
08:16 EDTAGNLew's letter could bring 'chilly' tax inversion environment, says BMO Capital
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07:59 EDTPFE, AGN, SHPGTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Johnson & Johnson reported strong Q2 results, and the company raised its estimates for the company. The firm continues to recommend buying the stock on pullbacks.
07:04 EDTPFEPfizer says primary endpoint met in Phase 3 study of BeneFIX
Pfizer announced the positive results of a Phase 3 study comparing a prophylaxis regimen of BeneFIX Coagulation Factor IX 100 IU/kg once-weekly to on-demand treatment in people with moderately severe to severe hemophilia B. The top-line results of the study showed that the primary study endpoint was met and hemophilia B patients taking once-weekly BeneFIX showed a statistically significant reduction in the annualized bleeding rate relative to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In the study, the median ABR value, a commonly used measure of efficacy for prophylaxis regimens in hemophilia, was 2.0 for the prophylaxis regimen, compared to 33.6 for the on-demand regimen, representing a 94% decrease in bleeding rates. The mean ABR value was 3.6 for the prophylaxis period, compared to 32.9 for the on-demand treatment, which represents a reduction of 89%. Study results also showed that prophylaxis treatment significantly reduced both spontaneous and traumatic ABR compared to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In addition to meeting the primary endpoint, the secondary study endpoints showed that none of the 1,254 prophylaxis infusions administered during the study were associated with a less than expected therapeutic effect occurrence, which was defined as a spontaneous bleed occurring within 48 hours of a prophylaxis infusion. These results are preliminary, top-line data and are subject to additional analyses. Complete results from this study will be submitted for presentation at upcoming medical congresses and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
06:26 EDTMRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
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July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:13 EDTAGN, MRKPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:56 EDTAMGNFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
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10:33 EDTAMGNFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:05 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says committed to diabetes space
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09:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees competition in Hepatitis products a headwind in 2015
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09:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY14 pre-tax op. margin improving over FY13
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09:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says will buy back shares with net gain from OCD divestiture
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09:28 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 2014 sales $74.5B-$75.3B, consensus $74.91B
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08:54 EDTJNJJ&J CEO says confident about long term growth prospects of healthcare market
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08:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says innovation sustaining long-term growth
Says MD&D progressing well towards 30 major filings by 2017. In Pharmaceuticals, sees 10 new products and 25 significant line extensions planned by 2017. Sees ~4.5% CAGR expected for WW prescription drug sales through 2017, despite potential headwinds. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $8.5B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Domestic sales up 14.9% to $9.13B
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 EPS excluding items $1.66, consensus $1.55
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07:35 EDTMRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
06:04 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBBY SHPG
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July 14, 2014
16:30 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:18 EDTSHPGShire shareholders should support latest AbbVie offer, Telegraph says
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15:24 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTJNJ Johnson & Johnson July 105 straddle priced for 1.6% move into Q2
14:27 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J pharmaceutical sales expected to drive Q2
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $18.94B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.61 on revenue of $18.55B-$19.30B. LAST QUARTER: Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter EPS of $1.54 against estimates of $1.48 on revenue of $18.1B against estimates of $18B. The drug maker raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.80-$5.90 against a consensus estimate of $5.83. J&J noted a 3.2% decrease in worldwide consumer sales in Q1 but saw a 10.8% increase in worldwide pharmaceutical sales. Primary contributors to operational sales growth in Q1 pharmaceutical sales were Stelara, Invega, Sustenna/Xeplion, Prezista, Velcade and sales of new products. Pharmaceutical sales results were negatively impacted by loss of exclusivity for Aciphex, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrointestinal disorders and Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STREET RESEARCH: On July 14, RBC Capital raised its Q2 estimates for Johnson & Johnson to reflect the firm's outlook for higher pharmaceutical sales by the company. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $110 from $106 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are up approximately 8.5% since its last earnings report, and are trading near flat in afternoon trading.
12:47 EDTAGNAllergan slides question Valeant growth, disclosures, says BMO Capital
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12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
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09:16 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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08:13 EDTAGNAllergan reiterates belief that Valeant model unsustainable in new presentation
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08:02 EDTAGNValeant submits HSR filing for proposed acquisition of Allergan
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07:20 EDTNVOControlled Released Society to hold annual meeting
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06:03 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBBY SHPG
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05:27 EDTSHPGShire receives revised proposal from AbbVie of GPB 53.20 per share
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July 13, 2014
17:10 EDTSHPGShire said to seek bid of near 53 pounds per share from AbbVie, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
16:48 EDTAGNAllergan comments on Pershing Square’s definitive proxy solicitation
Allergan (AGN) provided the following comment in response to the definitive proxy solicitation filed by Pershing Square Capital Management in connection with Pershing Square’s request to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. At the Special Meeting, if called, Allergan stockholders would be asked to remove a majority of the company’s existing directors in connection with Valeant Pharmaceuticals' (VRX) unsolicited exchange offer to acquire all outstanding common shares of Allergan for 0.83 shares of Valeant common stock and $72.00 in cash, or subject to proration, an amount of cash or a number of Valeant common shares with the implied value set forth in the exchange offer. Under the current Board’s leadership, which includes individuals with significantly more industry experience than Pershing Square’s recommended nominees, Allergan continues to execute on its plan to drive near- and long-term organic growth, enhance its growth prospects and continue generating significant value for all of Allergan’s stockholders. We believe Pershing Square’s attempt to replace a majority of the Allergan Board is a further effort to support Valeant in its bid to acquire Allergan at a grossly inadequate price that substantially undervalues the company and creates significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan stockholders. Valeant has repeatedly failed to address the serious concerns raised by Allergan and important members of the investment community about Valeant’s anemic organic growth driven by unsustainable price increases, among other fundamental business model issues. Allergan has a track record of consistently acting in the best interests of its stockholders and the Board remains confident in the company’s ability to create significantly more value than Valeant’s proposal.
16:46 EDTSHPGStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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14:13 EDTSHPGShire, AbbVie didn't commit to further talks, Dow reports
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13:58 EDTSHPGShire confirms meeting with AbbVie representatives
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11:54 EDTAGN, SHPGAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
11:34 EDTSHPGShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTSHPGShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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07:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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July 10, 2014
16:12 EDTMRKMedivation names Dawn Svoronos as Chief Commercial Officer
Medivation (MDVN) announced Dawn Svoronos has been appointed as its chief commercial officer, reporting to David Hung, M.D., founder, CEO and president of Medivation. Svoronos currently is a member of Medivation's Board of Directors and is a former president of Europe and Canada for Merck & Co. (MRK), where she oversaw commercial operations in approximately 30 EU and EU accession countries. Svoronos will lead Medivation's commercial organization on an interim basis and will participate in the company's search for a permanent chief commercial officer. Cheryl Cohen, Medivation's former chief commercial officer, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.
09:40 EDTSHPGAbbVie, Shire not holding talks at this point as deadline approaches, CNBC says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are not holding talks at this point, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Shire confirmed two days ago that it has received AbbVie's latest, raised takeover offer and that its board will meet to consider the proposal.
08:10 EDTAMGNMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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July 9, 2014
18:31 EDTAGN, SHPGShareholders urge Allergan to make large acquisition, FT reports
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18:21 EDTAGN, SHPGAllergan CEO seeks sizeable acquisitions, WSJ reports
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17:02 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce positive results from Phase 2b study of Dupilumab
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10:02 EDTSGENOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:19 EDTSHPGAbbVie offer may not bring Shire to negotiating table, says BMO Capital
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07:38 EDTSHPGShire still has leverage, can get one more raise from AbbVie, Reuters contends
The selloff in shares of Shire (SHPG) and AbbVie (ABBV) yesterday following the latter's increased takeover offer suggests the market now expects a strong rebuttal from Shire, but "one plausible response" is a gently worded rejection that signals that another raised bid would be enough to secure a deal without a hostile play, contended Reuters Breakingviews columnists Neil Unmack and Robert Cyran. Shire’s board still has some leverage and can "probably extract one more increase in return for their recommendation," the authors believe. Reference Link
06:49 EDTPFEPfizer given dismissal of U.S. investor class action before trial, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTSHPGAbbVie required to retract comments in Shire takeover battle, Reuters says
AbbVie (ABBV) has been required to take back comments made by its CEO Richard Gonzalez regarding shareholder support for its offer for Shire (SHPG), according to Reuters, citing a statement from the U.S. drugmaker. British takeover rules say that a rival is not allowed to claim support for its bid unless it has this in writing from shareholders. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAGNAllergan plans broad restructuring plan, Bloomberg says
Allergan (AGN), the pharmaceutical maker that is being chased by Valeant (VRX) and Bill Ackman’s hedge fund, will shelve unpromising pipeline medicines and revamp management incentives, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. The sources said that the restructuring plan, which is set to be explained during Allergan's upcoming earnings announcement, will also detail companywide cost reductions including some legacy expenses. Reference Link
05:59 EDTSGENSeattle Genetics upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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