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June 1, 2014
19:06 EDTNVS, MRKNovartis appoints Bruno Strigini as president of Novartis oncology
Novartis (NVS) announced the appointment of Bruno Strigini, as president of Novartis Oncology, effective June 1. Strigini joins Novartis from Merck (MRK) where he most recently served as president for Europe/Canada, a region comprising 37 countries with over 10,000 associates.
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August 31, 2014
13:47 EDTNVSNovartis heart failure drug LCZ696 shows superiority to enalapril in study
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12:50 EDTNVSEuropean Society of Cardiology to hold a conference
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August 29, 2014
16:21 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:23 EDTNVSNovartis drug data to be presented this weekend
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12:18 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:07 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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10:51 EDTNVSUnited Therapeutics jumps after court rules generic will infringe
United Therapeutics (UTHR) alleged patent infringement against Sandoz, a unit of Novartis (NVS), related to the latter's filing for approval of a generic version of United Therapeutics' remodulin drug. A New Jersey court ruled today that Sandoz's proposed ANDA product will infringe the claims of UTC's '117 patent, according to a court filing. Following the court ruling, shares of United Therapeutics are up 15% to $105.39 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTNVSInnoPharma announces FDA approval of generic Dacogen
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10:04 EDTNVSNovartis hematopoietic support for ALL patients granted orphan status
Novartis' hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells expanded ex-vivo with a low molecular weight aryl hydrocarbon receptor antagonist was granted orphan designation as a hematopoietic support in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, the FDA stated. Reference Link
08:46 EDTNVSNovartis has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Vosser hosts a conference call with CEO Joe Jimenez on September 5 at 8 am.
August 28, 2014
08:40 EDTNVSPositive data on Novartis LCZ696 could raise sales outlook, says Leerink
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August 27, 2014
09:53 EDTMRKOn 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.
06:42 EDTMRKMerck initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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August 26, 2014
08:01 EDTMRKPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
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.
09:11 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:17 EDTMRKAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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August 20, 2014
12:06 EDTNVSNovartis treatment for pigmented villonodular synovitis gets orphan designation
According to a post on the FDA's website, Novartis' recombinant human monoclonal antibody of the IgG1 kappa class against human macrophage colony-stimulating factor received orphan designation. Reference Link
05:17 EDTNVSNovartis provides drug candidate compounds to TB Alliance
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August 19, 2014
05:11 EDTNVSGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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