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March 5, 2014
10:33 EDTOSUR, ABBV, MRK, GILDOraSure climbs after CMS proposes coverage of HCV tests
Shares of OraSure (OSUR), whose hepatitis C virus test has been approved by the FDA, are climbing after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday proposed a rule that would enable Medicare and Medicaid to cover HCV tests in some circumstances. Orasure's OraQuick HCV test detects HCV antibodies in fingerstick and venipuncture whole blood. WHAT'S NEW: CMS proposed a rule under which the government would cover HCV tests that have been approved by the FDA. In order to be covered, the test must be ordered by beneficiaries' doctors, and performed by an eligible Medicare provider, CMS stated. Additionally, under the proposal the government would only cover tests for adult beneficiaries who are at high risk for HCV infection, and for those people born between 1945 and 1965. Individuals who have used illegal drugs or received blood transfusions before 1992 would be considered at risk individuals for the purposes of the rule, the agency stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Mizuho Securities analyst Peter Lawson wrote that the CMS' decision is positive for OraSure. The company has the largest exposure to HCV testing among publicly traded companies, the analyst indicated. The company could obtain over $1B of revenue by providing HCV tests for beneficiaries born between 1945 and 1965, the analyst estimated. Moreover, HCV drug developers will also use OraSure's test in the wake of CMS' decision, added Lawson, who reiterated a $9 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, OraSure climbed 11cv, or 1.5%, to $7.50. OTHERS TO WATCH: Companies developing HCV treatments include AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Gilead (GILD).
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July 14, 2014
16:30 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:18 EDTABBVShire shareholders should support latest AbbVie offer, Telegraph says
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09:34 EDTABBVAbbVie falls after revised Shire acquisition proposal, levels to watch
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09:28 EDTGILDCentene best positioned Medicaid pure play to post Q2 EPS beat, says Sterne Agee
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09:16 EDTABBVOn 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).
05:27 EDTABBVShire receives revised proposal from AbbVie of GPB 53.20 per share
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July 13, 2014
17:10 EDTABBVShire said to seek bid of near 53 pounds per share from AbbVie, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTABBVStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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15:59 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:13 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie didn't commit to further talks, Dow reports
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13:58 EDTABBVShire confirms meeting with AbbVie representatives
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11:54 EDTABBVAbbVie, 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 EDTABBVShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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09:48 EDTGILDSenators make new request to Gilead for Sovaldi pricing details
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and senior Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley made public their request for detailed pricing information on Gilead's Sovaldi, a Hepatitis C virus drug. Wyden and Grassley have asked Gilead Sciences for information about Sovaldi, a drug developed to treat and cure HCV, they disclosed, stating, “Given the impact Sovaldi’s cost will have on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal spending, we need a better understanding of how your company arrived at the price for this drug." Reference Link
07:37 EDTGILDAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
Discussion entitled, "How Will We Pay for Cost of Cures" focuses on improving the development of transformative medicines and developing financing mechanisms to pay for them and is being held in Washington, D.C. on July 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:36 EDTGILDJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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06:29 EDTABBVAbbVie encourages largest Shire shareholders to pursue talks, Bloomberg says
Shire (SHPG) is hearing from its largest shareholders who are encouraging the company to come to the table and work out an agreement with AbbVie (ABBV), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. AbbVie is targeting Shire in a $51.1B takeover offer. Reference Link
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 EDTABBVAbbVie, 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.
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