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August 22, 2014
10:07 EDTAZN, EXAS, ORPHOptions with increasing implied volatility: ORPH EXAS AZN
News For ORPH;EXAS;AZN From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
10:00 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Acadia Realty Trust (AKR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... ConAgra (CAG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Galaxy Entertainment (GXYEY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... GrubHub (GRUB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... IGM Financial (IGIFF) upgraded to Sector Performer from Underperformer at CIBC... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Kimco Realty (KIM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SQM (SQM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... United Community Banks (UCBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Wynn Macau (WYNMF) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank.
05:30 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg
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June 30, 2015
10:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Eolas Therapeutics partner on EORA program for smoking cessation
Eolas Therapeutics said that is has entered into a worldwide license and partnership agreement with AstraZeneca on the Eolas Orexin-1 Receptor Antagonist program for smoking cessation and other indications. The EORA program was awarded a Blueprint Neurotherapeutics grant from the National Institutes of Health for the development of the program from the preclinical stage through phase I clinical trials. The total deal potential is in excess of $145M. This includes upfront, clinical and regulatory milestone payments. Additionally, Eolas is eligible to receive royalties on commercial sales.
June 29, 2015
16:13 EDTAZNFibroGen announces receipt of $120M license payment from AstraZeneca
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June 26, 2015
13:46 EDTEXASFly Watch: Exact Sciences predicted to jump if task force update favorable
The US Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, is expected to publish its revised guidelines for colorectal cancer, or CRC, screening in the third quarter of 2015. The guidelines should include an assessment of Exact Sciences' (EXAS) Cologuard, an "easy to use, noninvasive colon cancer screening test." ANALYST TAKE: The USPSTF guidelines were noted as "the last binary event for Cologuard" by Jefferies and "the major overhang" for Exact Sciences by Mizuho Securities. Jefferies analyst Brandon Couillard and his team, which rate Exact Sciences a Buy with a $33 price target, see "significant upside" from a favorable outcome and said their thesis was boosted by confident comments from a "former affiliate of the USPSTF's review board." Mizuho analysts Peter Lawson and Eric Criscuolo, who rate Exact Sciences a Buy with a $35 price target, said they believe Cologuard will receive an "A" or "B" rating from the USPSTF, triggering further adoption by mandating coverage of Cologuard by private insurance. Baird defended Exact Sciences after the stock dropped 5.5% on Thursday, June 25, saying Exact Sciences' investor relations day was "bullish" in tone as the company provided a "deep dive" update on its Cologuard launch. Baird maintained its Outperform rating and $44 price target on the company. PRICE ACTION: Over the past week, shares of Exact Sciences are up more than 5% despite Thursday's 5.5% pullback. Over the last month, shares are up about 12% and over the last three months they are higher by almost 40%.
08:18 EDTEXASExact Sciences recent weakness unwarranted, says Baird
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07:17 EDTEXASExact Sciences compelling as a platform growth company, says Canaccord
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June 25, 2015
14:00 EDTAZNAstraZeneca initiated with a Hold at HSBC
Price target GBP 46.40.
08:03 EDTEXASExact Sciences to host analyst and investor day with a conference call hookup
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06:34 EDTEXASExact Sciences' Cologuard shows strong sales in Q2
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June 24, 2015
09:07 EDTAZNCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
06:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca loses top executive Ward-Lilley to Vectura, Reuters reports
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June 23, 2015
07:31 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics announces FDA authorization of clinical trial with AZD2811
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June 22, 2015
07:53 EDTEXASExact Sciences estimates raised ahead of analyst Day at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its estimates on Exact Sciences ahead of June 26 Analyst Day. The firm cited the impact from the 160-person sales force addition from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and pipeline opportunities beyond Cologuard for the increase. Canaccord raised its price target to $32 from $30 on Exact Sciences shares.

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