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January 13, 2014
10:25 EDTBSX, BSX, LLY, LLY, LH, LH, GEVA, GEVA, ACT, ACT, Q, Q, BIO, BIO, HSIC, HSIC, ALOG, ALOG, SIAL, SIAL, WMGI, WMGI, AGIO, AGIO, OPHT, OPHTJPMorgan to host a conference
32nd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 13-16 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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April 9, 2014
08:24 EDTQPiper Jaffray's medtech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
The MedTech Analyst Team focuses on Piper Jaffray's covered universe from the perspective of Technical Analyst Johnson ahead of 1Q14 earnings results on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 11 at 10 am.
08:16 EDTACTActavis upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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08:03 EDTLLYEli Lilly and T1D to partner in diabetes research collaboration
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April 8, 2014
11:03 EDTLLYPiper Jaffray's biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharm Analyst Schimmer discusses PCSK9 Inhibitors and other atherosclerosis approaches on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AEGR, ALNY, AMGN, ARNA, AZN, BMY, CBST, LLY, ESPR, GSK, ICPT, ISIS, MNKD, MRK, OREX, PFE, REGN, RHHBY, SNY and VVUS may be included on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 10 at 3 pm.
10:03 EDTLLY, GEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTLLYEli Lilly to challenge verdict in Terrence Allen, et al. v. Takeda case
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09:17 EDTACTActavis recommended on pullback at UBS
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08:39 EDTLLYTakeda to challenge award of $6B in punitive damages, Lilly ordered to pay $3B
Takeda Pharmaceuticals (TKPYY) announced last night that in the case of Terrence Allen, et al. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America the jury found in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded $1.475M in compensatory damages. The allocation of liability was 75% Takeda and 25% Eli Lilly (LLY). The jury also awarded $6B in punitive damages from Takeda and $3B from co-defendant, Eli Lilly. “Takeda respectfully disagrees with the verdict and we intend to vigorously challenge this outcome through all available legal means, including possible post-trial motions and an appeal. We have empathy for the Allens, but we believe the evidence did not support a finding that ACTOS caused his bladder cancer. We also believe we demonstrated that Takeda acted responsibly with regard to ACTOS,” said Kenneth Greisman, senior vice president, general counsel, Takeda. Reference Link
08:35 EDTGEVASynageva upgraded at Wedbush
As noted earlier, Wedbush upgraded Synageva to Outperform from Neutral. The firm upgraded the stock based on valuation.Target remains $93.
08:26 EDTLLYEli Lilly upgraded at BMO Capital
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07:11 EDTGEVASynageva upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
07:08 EDTACTDrug deals increase to new high, Bloomberg says
M&A activity in the specialty pharmaceuticals industry has reached a new high after Mallinckrodt (MNK) recently bought Questcor (QCOR) for $5.6B, reported Bloomberg. Drugmakers from Actavis (ACT) to Valeant (VRX) are widening their suites of drugs through takeovers that immediately increased earnings with the help of lower corporate tax rates in countries such as Ireland. Reference Link
06:24 EDTLLYEli Lilly upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
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April 7, 2014
18:01 EDTBSXBoston Scientific gets FDA, CE Mark clearance for Expect Slimline Needle
Boston Scientific announced it has received clearance from the U.S. FDA and CE Mark approval in Europe for the Expect Slimline Needle, which is now globally available for Endoscopic Ultrasound-Fine Needle Aspiration procedures. The Expect Slimline Needle is on contract with four leading group purchasing organizations.
12:00 EDTAGIOAgios Pharmaceuticals rises 26.1%
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10:19 EDTAGIOAgios surges after blood cancer drug shows 'promising activity'
Shares of biopharmaceutical company Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) are rising after the company reported that its blood cancer drug, AG-221, showed "promising clinical activity." WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday, Agios announced that it presented preliminary data from its lead, first-in-class program AG-221. The preliminary findings demonstrated the clinical activity, tolerability and unique mechanism of action of AG-221 in patients with advanced hematologic malignancies with an isocitrate dehydrogenase-2, or IDH2, mutation. The company said, "This is the first clinical trial of an inhibitor of mutant IDH, and while the primary objectives of this study are to determine the safety and tolerability of AG-221, we were also able to demonstrate promising clinical activity, including multiple complete remissions, in patients whose blood cancers carried an IDH2 mutation, even at the lowest tested dose. The treatment has been well tolerated to date, and as we have not yet achieved the maximum tolerated dose, the study continues to enroll patients." ANALYST REACTION: Today, JPMorgan upgraded Agios to Overweight from Neutral citing a declined risk profile following the company's "robust" interim phase 1 data on AG-221. The firm raised its price target for shares to $55 from $40. Analyst Geoff Meacham said that the new AG-221 data comprises the first clinical trial data to support what JPMorgan had already considered to be "very strong science" at the biopharaceutical company. He noted that the data was well ahead of expectations since six out of seven evaluated patients achieved a clinical response, with the majority of those being complete responses. Meacham said the firm is introducing AG-221 revenue models by projecting that the agent could peak at $1B globally, which increases the firm's estimate for Agios' total cancer program to over $3B in peak sales. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Agios Pharmaceuticals jumped $7.82 or 22.04% to $43.30.
10:00 EDTAGIOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
09:10 EDTAGIOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Questcor (QCOR), up 27% after agreeing to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) for cash, stock valued at $86.10 per Questcor share... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), up 25% after program shows "promising clinical activity" for advanced blood cancers, shares upgraded at JPMorgan... Vocus (VOCS), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by GTCR for $446.5M, or $18.00 per share... Pandora (P), up 1.3% following upgrade at Wedbush. LOWER: MannKind (MNKD), down 13% after announcing FDA extension of PDUFA date for Afrezza... American Eagle (AEO), down 2.2% following downgrade at Cowen... Pfizer (PFE), down 2.8% after announcing data for palbociclib in metastatic breast cancer... Mattel (MAT), down 3% following downgrade at BMO Capital... WWE (WWE), down 1.2% after cautious mention in Barron's, company announcing WrestleMania 30 grossed $10.9M.
07:44 EDTBIOMarketo to hold a summit
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05:47 EDTAGIOAgios Pharmaceuticals upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Agios Pharmaceuticals to Overweight citing a declined risk profile following the company's "robust" interim phase 1 data on AG-221. The firm raised its price target for shares to $55 from $40.
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