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July 30, 2015
08:11 EDTTEVATeva CEO says Allergan deal financing commitment expected in next few days
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07:04 EDTTEVATeva reaffirms 2015 revenue outlook $19B-$19.4B, consensus $19.47B
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07:03 EDTTEVATeva raises 2015 EPS outlook to $5.15-$5.40 from $5.05-$5.35
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07:02 EDTTEVATeva reports Q2 EPS $1.43, consensus $1.27
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05:48 EDTMYLStocks with implied volatility movement; SUNE MYL
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July 29, 2015
19:08 EDTBMYBristol-Myers enters immuno-oncology collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin
Kyowa Hakko Kirin and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the companies have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to conduct a Phase 1/2 combination study with mogamulizumab, an anti-CCR4 antibody and Opdivo, a PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor. The study, which will be conducted in the U.S., will focus on evaluating the safety, tolerability and anti-tumor activity of combining mogamulizumab and Opdivo as a potential treatment option for patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors. Prior to this agreement, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to study the combination of mogamulizumab and Opdivo in Japan. Mogamulizumab and Opdivo are part of a new class of cancer treatments known as immunotherapies, which are designed to harness the body’s own immune system in fighting cancer by targeting distinct regulatory components of the immune system.
14:49 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline probing new bribery allegations in Romania, Reuters reports
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13:11 EDTMYLMylan recent weakness a buying opportunity, says BTIG
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12:17 EDTJNJMedivation plummets after Cowen highlights slowing Xtandi trends
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11:23 EDTJNJMedivir says Janssen's Alios BIopharma starts Phase I AL-704 trial
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08:00 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q2 global pharmaceuticals revenue GBP2.98B, down 12%
Reports Q2 HIV revenue GBP559M, up 59%. Reports Q2 Pharmaceuticals revenue GBP3.54B, down 6%, and vaccines revenue GBP814M, up 11%. Consumer healthcare sales were GBP1.51B, up 51% year over year.
07:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline sees FY16 core EPS to grow in double digits
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07:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reaffirms FY15 core EPS declining at high-teens percentage rate
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07:54 EDTTEVATeva resumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Target $85.
07:54 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q2 adjusted EPS 17.3p, consensus 16.78p
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07:02 EDTMYLMylan's Perrigo acquisition receives clearance from European Commission
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07:02 EDTTEVAIgnyta announces FDA clearance of IND for RXDX-107
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06:50 EDTPFEPfizer CEO: Company has 'sufficient courage' to pursue takeovers, FT says
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06:46 EDTTEVAEagle Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $119 from $94 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst David Amsellem raised his price target for Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) to $119 after analyzing the company's bendamustine products, which are enhanced forms of Teva's (TEVA) Treanda. Amsellem believes there could be "considerable upside" to his current earnings estimates for Eagle. The company's agreement with Teva provides "almost ironclad downside protection, and leaves ample room for upside," he tells investors in a research note. Further, he sees limited potential for generic entrants on Teva's forms of Treanda for the foreseeable future. Amsellem reiterates an Overweight rating on Eagle Pharmaceuticals.
05:28 EDTNVSNovartis announces equity stake in Mereo BioPharma Group
Novartis announced a swap of clinical assets for equity with Mereo BioPharma Group. The deal involves compounds in areas of unmet medical need including BPS-804, to improve bone density in brittle bone syndrome, an orphan disease; BCT-197 for acute exacerbations in COPD, and BGS-649 for obese men with hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism to normalize testosterone levels. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will have an equity stake in Mereo and will share in the success of the development of these compounds, including a share on milestones and royalties on future commercial sales.
July 28, 2015
16:53 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:31 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
10:00 EDTTEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ameren (AEE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AutoNation (AN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Bojangles (BOJA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Emerald Oil (EOX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Haemonetics (HAE) upgraded Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Jefferies sees entry point for Aegerion (AEGR), upgrades to Buy... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Triumph Bancorp (TBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Waste Management (WM) upgraded on valuation, rebounding businesses at Argus... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:47 EDTMYLMylan expected to launch tender offer for Perrigo in early September, CNBC says
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09:14 EDTTEVA, MYLMylan price target lowered to $54 from $82 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital cut its price target on Mylan (MYL) after Teva (TEVA) announced that it was abandoning its bid to buy the company. The firm expects Mylan's stock to continue to face selling pressure in the wake of the news. The firm says that investors will wonder if Mylan can buy Perrigo (PRGO) following the decline in its share price. BMO believes that Perrigo "will put up a strong fight," and it does not think that the deal would be favorable for Mylan in any event. BMO keeps a Market Perform rating on Mylan.
08:24 EDTTEVATeva deal has solid financial and strategic rationale, says Cowen
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08:19 EDTTEVA, MYLTeva price target raised to $80 from $69 at Bernstein
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08:03 EDTTEVATeva price target raised to $86 from $70 at Citi
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08:02 EDTTEVATeva says EMA confirms validation of Reslizumab marketing authorization
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07:20 EDTBMY, PFEBrookings Institute to hold a public meeting
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07:18 EDTPFEPfizer raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.01-$2.07, consensus $2.04
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07:17 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 innovative products revenue $6.63B, up 8%
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07:07 EDTTEVATeva price target raised to $82 from $73 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Teva (TEVA) to $82 saying it likes the acquisition of Allergan's (AGN) generics business. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
07:05 EDTJNJMacroGenics reports MGD011 advances into clinical development
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07:02 EDTTEVA, MYLMylan price target lowered to $65 from $82 at Deutsche Bank
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07:02 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 EPS adjusted 56c, consensus 52c
Reports Q2 revenue $11.9B, consensus $11.42B.
06:43 EDTMYL, TEVAMylan price target lowered to $54 from $82 at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTMYL, TEVAMylan's move to Netherlands gave it leverage to resist Teva deal, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTMYL, TEVATeva upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst David Maris upgraded Teva (TEVA) to Outperform after the company reached a deal to buy Allergan's (AGN) generics business for $40.5B and dropped its proposal to acquire Mylan (MYL). The acquisition looks "very positive" high accretion and significant cost savings, Maris tells investors in a research note. The deal is a "much better option" than Mylan and brings Teva a leading pipeline of generics, Maris writes. He raised his price target for shares of Teva to $80 from $75. The stock closed yesterday up $10.22 to $72.07.
05:39 EDTTEVAAllergan price target raised to $366 from $333 at UBS
UBS analyst Marc Goodman raised his price target for Allergan (AGN) to $366 saying he remains bullish on the stock after the company sold its generics business to Teva (TEVA). The sale was a surprise, but you can't blame Allergan management for selling at that price, Goodman told investors yesterday in a research note titled "An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse." He sees "significant upside potential" in shares of Allergan and keeps a Buy rating on the name. The maker of Botox closed yesterday up $18.99 to $327.20.
July 27, 2015
19:14 EDTTEVATeva could surge to $100 per share, Barron's says
Investors should expect more gains from Teva following the pharmaceutical company's acquisition of Allergan Generics (AGN) and reporting better than expected quarterly results, Barron's contends in its 'Barron's Take' column. Shares could surge to $100.00 per share, the paper adds. Reference Link
18:30 EDTPFE, TEVAAllergan CEO pursuing 'transformational deals,' FT says
In a Financial Times interview following the sale of its generics unit to Teva (TEVA), Allergan's (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders stated, "We’re going to contemplate transformational deals... We couldn’t before because of our capital structure and debt, but now we can." When asked about the timing of a potential deal, Saunders remarked, "We’re not going to plod along," and when asked about a hypothetical takeover by Pfizer (PFE), the CEO commented, "I spend zero time thinking about Pfizer and I am not doing anything to make us more or less attractive to them." Reference Link
17:36 EDTTEVA, MYLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, with weakness attributed to the Chinese market suffering its worst one day loss in over eight years. The U.S. indexes remained in the negatives throughout the day as traders prepare for one of the heaviest weeks for this earnings season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders advanced 3.4% in June versus expectations for a 3.2% increase. Excluding transportation items, the core reading was up 0.8% against estimates for a 0.5% gain. In China, the Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% and the Shenzhen composite dropped 7%, with the moves generally attributed to concerns over growth and fears that the government may pull its market support. Note that Dow Jones quoted the country's top securities regulator this morning as saying China plans to increase stock purchases by the state. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Teva (TEVA) jumped $10.15, or 16.41%, to $72.07 after the generic drugmaker dropped its pursuit of Mylan (MYL), opting instead to acquire Allergan's (AGN) global generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5B. Allergan shares rose 6.09% for the session, and Mylan fell 14.51% to $56.37 while reiterating its commitment to pursue Perrigo (PRGO), whose shares gained 3.81% to $193.60. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wabtec (WAB), which rose $6.59, or 7.21%, to $97.93 after agreeing to buy Faiveley Transport for roughly $1.8B, noting that it expects EPS accretion in 2016. In other M&A news, Magnetek (MAG) finished the session up $17.27, or 53.55%, to $49.52 after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share, while Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) jumped $2.62, or 8.71%%, to $32.70 after agreeing to buy Roofing Supply Group at a transaction value of about $1.1B. Also higher were shares of Xueda Education (XUE), which surged 50.63% after Xiamen Insight Investment announced a deal to purchase the company for $5.50 per American Depository Share. Xueda's positive move came in stark contrast to numerous Chinese stocks traded in New York, with Baidu (BIDU) slipping 4.16% and Alibaba (BABA) losing 2.01% after China's Shanghai composite index plunged overnight. Also lower was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), declining $6.01, or 5.69%, to $99.59 after agreeing to acquire SNL Financial for roughly $2.225B in cash. Additionally, GrubHub (GRUB) lost 8.37% to $30.99 following a downgrade from Cowen citing competitive concerns and market saturation. INDEXES: The Dow fell 127.94, or 0.73%, to 17,440.59, the Nasdaq lost 48.85, or 0.96%, to 5,039.78, and the S&P 500 declined 12.01, or 0.58%, to 2,067.64.
17:31 EDTGSKRadius Health hires Dr. Lorraine Fitzpatrick as Chief Medical Officer
Radius Health (RDUS) announced that it has hired Dr. Lorraine A. Fitzpatrick as Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Dr. Fitzpatrick was previously Medicine Development Leader of an international clinical development team for Denosumab at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), responsible for clinical development, regulatory, manufacturing, commercial, operations, epidemiology, and global health outcomes. Previously, Dr. Fitzpatrick led the clinical development of novel agents to treat musculoskeletal diseases and women's health at GlaxoSmithKline. Before joining GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Fitzpatrick was Executive Director at Amgen, Inc. where she worked in the fields of osteoporosis and oncology.
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:03 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:23 EDTTEVATeva price target raised to $82 from $73 at Deutsche Bank
12:36 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares nearly flat since last earnings report
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12:03 EDTTEVA, MYLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:01 EDTTEVAAllergan to use Teva deal proceeds to pursue other deals, Reuters says
Allergan (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders said it will use the $36B it receives from the sale of its generics business to Teva (TEVA) to pursue further acquisitions, Reuters reports, citing a company conference call. Saunders told investors that proceeds from the Teva deal will be used to increase the size of its existing drug businesses, expand into new therapy areas, and seek out larger deals, the report says. Reference Link
10:40 EDTJNJLeerink major pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTMYLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTMYLMylan tumbles as Teva withdraws acquisition proposal
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09:21 EDTMYL, TEVAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Magnetek (MAG), up 53.5% after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agrees to acquire the company... Xueda Education (XUE), up 40.6% after merging with Xiamen Insight Investment... Box (BOX), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), up 6.4% after announcing sale of proved reserves and a portion of Eagle Ford leasehold. NOTABLE: Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), up 10.7% after acquiring Allergan Generics... Allergan (AGN) is up 6.3%... Mylan (MYL), down 14% after Teva withdraws proposal to acquire the company... Perrigo (PRGO), up 3% after Teva withdraws proposal to acquire Mylan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sohu.com (SOHU), down 6%... Changyou.com (CYOU), down 10.1%. ALSO LOWER: Bellerophon (BLPH) down 63% after announcing results of BCM clinical trial... Terex (TEX), down 4% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE), down 3.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...
08:41 EDTTEVATeva says main markets of overlap with Allergan are U.S., U.K.
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08:32 EDTTEVATeva says healthcare industry shake-up 'just in the middle of its course'
08:27 EDTTEVA, MYLTeva says intends to review options for remaining stake in Mylan
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08:23 EDTMYL, TEVATeva sees capacity to continue executing deals in 2015 and 2016
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08:03 EDTGSKNephroGenex names Jaikrishna Patel as Chief Medical Officer
NephroGenex (NRX) announced the appointment of Dr. Jaikrishna Patel to the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Patel will help guide the company’s Phase 3 PIONEER program with oral Pyridorin for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, and the development of an intravenous formulation of Pyridorin for acute kidney injury. Patel has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its predecessor companies, most recently serving as Vice President of Cardiovascular and Cardiovascular Metabolism, Global Regulatory Affairs.
07:51 EDTTEVAAllergan generics divestiture adds capital for deals, says Cowen
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07:43 EDTTEVAAllergan to hold a conference call
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07:40 EDTTEVATeva to hold a conference call
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07:32 EDTTEVATeva weekly volatility elevated into acquiring Allergan generics unit
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07:24 EDTTEVAAllergan's volatility flat into Teva acquiring generic unit
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07:18 EDTTEVA, MYLMylan volatility flat into Teva canceling proposal to acquire
Mylan (MYL) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, August and September is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 53, suggesting non-directional price movement into Teva (TEVA) withdrawing its proposal to acquire and entering a definite agreement to purchase Allergan's (AGN) generics unit.
07:07 EDTMYLMylan downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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07:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, AbbVie say EMA validates for review Empliciti MAA
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and AbbVie (ABBV) announced the European Medicines Agency validated for review the Marketing Authorization Application for Empliciti, an investigational Signaling Lymphocyte Activation Molecule-directed immunostimulatory antibody, for the treatment of multiple myeloma as combination therapy in adult patients who have received one or more prior therapies. The application was granted accelerated assessment by the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. Bristol-Myers Squibb and AbbVie are co-developing Empliciti, with Bristol-Myers Squibb solely responsible for commercial activities. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name Empliciti which, if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trade name for elotuzumab. The MAA is primarily supported by data from two randomized clinical trials, each combining Empliciti with a different standard of care regimen for multiple myeloma. ELOQUENT-2, a Phase 3, randomized, open-label study, evaluated Empliciti in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone versus lenalidomide and dexamethasone alone. The results of this trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine on June 2. Additionally, a Phase 2, randomized, open-label study evaluated Empliciti with bortezomib and dexamethasone versus bortezomib and dexamethasone alone. These Phase 2 results were presented in an oral session at the 20th Congress of the European Hematology Association. Empliciti previously obtained orphan drug designation in the European Union. An orphan medicinal product must be intended for the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a disease that is life threatening and chronically debilitating; the prevalence in the EU must not be more than five in 10,000. The medicine must be of significant benefit to those affected by the condition. If maintained, orphan drug designation allows sponsors to access a number of incentives including protocol assistance and receive market exclusivity for a ten-year period following approval.
06:46 EDTTEVA, MYLMylan comments on Teva agreement to acquire Allergan Generic Drug Unit
Mylan N.V. (MYL) issued the following statement regarding Teva's (TEVA) announcement of its entry into an agreement to acquire Allergan's (AGN) Generic Drug Unit and its withdrawal of its unsolicited expression of interest to acquire Mylan. Mylan Executive Chairman Robert Coury stated: "We congratulate Teva on their agreement to acquire Allergan's generics business and welcome their continued, and potentially enhanced, commitment to the generics industry. As Teva continues to move forward with their strategy, Mylan's strategic focus remains unchanged. Mylan's board and leadership team remains steadfast in its commitment to our mission, vision and strategy to provide access to quality medicine to the world's 7B people and deliver value and sustainable growth for our shareholders and other stakeholders. Our offer to acquire Perrigo continues to be the next natural step in this strategy. Combining Mylan and Perrigo will create a unique infrastructure that is able to maximize on evolving industry dynamics and capitalize on key trends. Further, the complementary cultures and strategies of these two businesses will enable us to redefine how healthcare is delivered and position our company for the future."
06:28 EDTTEVATeva to acquire Allergan Generics in transaction valued at $40.5B
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05:44 EDTTEVAAllergan confirms divestiture of global generic pharma business for $40.5.B
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05:43 EDTTEVATeva says Allergan Generics transaction to bolster pipeline, commercial reach
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05:43 EDTTEVATeva says Allergan Generics transaction to provide 'substantial' benefits
The transaction is expected to provide substantial financial benefits for Teva including highly diversified revenues and profits, and substantial cost synergies and tax savings. Teva expects Allergan Generics to contribute approximately $2.7B in EBITDA in 2016, excluding synergies. Following the completion of the acquisition, Teva is expected to have pro forma sales of approximately $26B and EBITDA of approximately $9.5B in 2016, including an estimated $11B in sales outside of the United States. Teva also believes the acquisition will be significantly accretive to non-GAAP EPS, including expected double digit non-GAAP EPS accretion in 2016 and more than 20% accretion in year two and year three following the close of the transaction. Teva expects to achieve cost synergies and tax savings of approximately $1.4 billion annually, largely achievable by the third anniversary of the closing of the transaction. Teva expects the savings to come from efficiencies in operations, G&A, manufacturing, and sales and marketing. Teva expects the acquisition to generate strong free cash flow of approximately $6.5B in 2016 and expects increasing free cash flow in subsequent years. Teva’s free cash flow will allow for rapid deleveraging and the ability to continue to pursue future acquisitions to expand Teva’s portfolio in both specialty pharmaceuticals and generics, in line with Teva’s stated strategy to grow through value-enhancing and complementary acquisitions. Teva will continue to evaluate opportunities to deliver attractive total stockholder returns on an ongoing basis.
05:40 EDTTEVATeva to acquire Allergan Generics for transaction valued at $40.5B
05:31 EDTTEVATeva reports Q2 non-GAAP operating income $1.6B
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05:31 EDTTEVATeva raises FY15 EPS to $5.15-$5.40 from $5.05-$5.35, consensus $5.23
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05:30 EDTTEVATeva reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS $1.43, consensus $1.31
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05:28 EDTMYL, TEVATeva withdraws proposal to acquire Mylan
Teva (TEVA) announced that it has withdrawn its cash and stock proposal to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Mylan (MYL) and Teva does not intend to continue to pursue a transaction with Mylan at this time. Teva’s decision to terminate the proposal to acquire Mylan follows announcement that Teva has entered into a definitive agreement with Allergan (AGN) to acquire Allergan Generics. Teva CEO Erez Vigodman commented, “We continue to believe that a combination of Teva and Mylan would have made sense for our companies, our respective stockholders and the healthcare industry as a whole. However, despite our clear commitment to consummating a transaction, and our conviction that we ultimately would have succeeded in acquiring Mylan, we believe we have an even greater opportunity to create compelling, sustainable value for Teva’s stockholders through our transaction with Allergan – and we acted quickly to seize the opportunity. Our agreement with Allergan will reinforce Teva’s strategy to create an even stronger business model in the industry and will position us well to grow the business and better serve our customers and patients.” Teva intends to review its options with respect to its ownership of approximately 4.6% of the outstanding ordinary shares of common stock of Mylan.
July 26, 2015
18:22 EDTTEVA, MYLMedia reports say Teva to buy Allergan unit as it looks beyond Mylan
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12:30 EDTMYL, TEVATeva nears deal to buy Allergan generics unit for $40.5B, Bloomberg says
Teva (TEVA) is nearing a deal to buy Allergan's (AGN) generic drug unit for roughly $40.5B and an agreement could be announced as early as Monday, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said Teva also plans to withdraw its bid for Mylan (MYL) as soon as Monday. Reference Link
12:17 EDTMYL, TEVATeva to cancel Mylan bid, plans offer for Allergan generics unit, Bloomberg says
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July 24, 2015
14:08 EDTBMYBristol-Myers confirms FDA approval of hepatitis drug Daklinza
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13:49 EDTBMYFDA approves new treatment for chronic hepatitis C genotype 3
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11:59 EDTTEVALeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals/Generics Analyst Gerberry discusses the strengths and weaknesses of TEVA’s preliminary responses to the IPR challenge on Copaxone 40mg, the likely outcomes for the Copaxone 40mg patent challenge and the perspectives on recent updates in the Jazz Pharmaceuticals' Xyrem patent case on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 27 at 11 am.
11:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers selects Jones Lang LaSalle for facility management
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10:56 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo
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09:02 EDTNVSLigand says Revolade recommended by CHMP for EU approval for SAA
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07:17 EDTNVSNovartis combination therapy Tafinlar, Mekinist achieves regulatory milestones
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06:56 EDTTEVA, MYLPaulson may play key role in Teva-Mylan-Perrigo drama, CTFN says
John Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., has upped its stake in Mylan (MYL) to 4.65%, which is below the threshold that would compel it to disclose its plans to the U.S. SEC but high enough for it to obtain standing before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber, which would hear any legal challenge to the "stichting" maneuver the company is employing to avoid a takeover by Teva (TEVA), said CTFN. The takeover fight is most likely headed for court in Amsterdam after Mylan's shareholder foundation exercised an option to acquire shares and Paulson's involvement is noteworthy since he teamed with Centaurus Capital in 2007 to thwart a stichting ploy used by Stork, the report noted. Reference Link
05:04 EDTGSKAgenus reports GSK Malaria vaccine receives positive opinion from CHMP of EMA
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
17:51 EDTJNJJanssen submits sNDA to update label for Olysio
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09:04 EDTTEVA, MYLTeva says 'strongly disagrees' with Stichting stated analysis
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) issued the following statement regarding Stichting Preferred Shares Mylan’s (MYL) decision to exercise its call option: "We strongly disagree with the stated analysis of Stichting Preferred Shares Mylan and its decision to exercise its call option, which is unwarranted, relies on false assumptions, and risks depriving Mylan stockholders and other stakeholders of the value inherent in a combination of Teva and Mylan. We continue to believe that our proposed transaction offers a compelling opportunity for value-creation and many other benefits for the stockholders, customers, patients, and employees of both companies. We are well advised on Dutch law, including the ability of Mylan stockholders to challenge this action in court, and are prepared to take the necessary actions at the appropriate time."
08:48 EDTMYL, TEVAMylan, Teva lower after Stitching looks to thwart hostile deal
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08:48 EDTMYLMylan confirms exercise of full call option by independent foundation
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08:34 EDTTEVA, MYLMylan foundation exercises call option to 'level playing field'
08:33 EDTTEVA, MYLMylan foundation says shareholders at risk of Teva takeover
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07:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.60-$1.70
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07:31 EDTBMYBristol-Myers reports Q2 EPS 53c, consensus 36c
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06:38 EDTBMYBristol-Myers' two Opdivo applications validated by European Medicines Agency
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTBMYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:15 EDTJNJThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland
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10:06 EDTMYL, TEVAAbbott CEO says supportive of Mylan pursuit of Perrigo
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09:30 EDTMYL, TEVAAbbott CEO says 'pretty alligned' with Mylan so far
08:32 EDTPFEPfizer expands lease agreement with MIT subsidiary
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07:03 EDTNVSIgnyta names Bernard Parker as Chief Commercial Officer
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July 21, 2015
14:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers: Data from Phase IIa study support further evaluation of BMS955176
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced additional Phase IIa proof-of-concept data for BMS-955176, a novel investigational agent designed to prevent the maturation of HIV-1. The study findings, which are being presented in a late-breaking oral presentation at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, confirmed the antiretroviral activity of BMS-955176 when administered with atazanavir and support further development of the second-generation HIV-1 maturation inhibitor. BMS-955176 is designed to inhibit one of the last steps of the HIV-1 viral lifecycle, resulting in the release of immature non-infectious HIV-1 particles. As part of a multi-part proof-of-concept study, a two-drug combination of BMS-955176 plus atazanavir had a maximum median change in HIV-1 RNA of -2.23 log10 c/mL from baseline through study discharge. The standard of care control of atazanavir 300 mg and ritonavir 100 mg plus tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate 300 mg plus emtricitabine 200 mg in a fixed dose combination had a maximum median change in HIV-1 RNA of -2.39 log10 c/mL from baseline through study discharge. In addition, a lower dose of BMS-955176 plus atazanavir and ritonavir had a similar maximum median change in HIV-1 RNA of -2.20 log10 c/mL. Length of therapy for all treatment groups was 28 days. Study endpoints included change in HIV-1 RNA from baseline to Day 28 and from baseline to the end of the study and safety. Data from Part A and Part B of the Phase IIa proof-of-concept study support the further evaluation of BMS-955176 in novel treatment regimens such as nucleos(t)ide- and booster-sparing regimens to address key unmet needs for HIV-1 treatment-experienced patients. Two Phase IIb studies have started in 2015: a traditional dose-finding study in treatment-naive patients and a second Phase IIb study to evaluate a nucleos(t)ide- and booster-sparing regimen in treatment-experienced patients.
11:49 EDTNVSNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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09:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Squibb receives FDA breakthrough designation for HIV-1 inhibitor
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to the investigational compound BMS-663068 when used in combination with other antiretroviral, or ARV, agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in heavily treatment-experienced adult patients. BMS-663068 is an oral prodrug of the molecule BMS-626529 and first-in-class HIV-1 attachment inhibitor. The attachment inhibitor is designed to work differently than entry inhibitors, a current class of drugs that targets co-receptors’ activity or fusion after HIV attaches to the CD4+ host cell. BMS-663068 is thought to work at an earlier point in the replication process to prevent the virus’ initial interaction with immune cells entirely, and thus blocks its entry into the cell.
08:04 EDTPFEPfizer launches Caltrate Bone & Joint Health supplement
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Caltrate Bone & Joint Health, a 3-in-1, triple action product that delivers UC-II, an exclusive form of collagen, to support healthy cartilage and promote joint flexibility, calcium and vitamin D3, to nourish strong and healthy bones, and vitamin C and minerals to support collagen production for healthy bones and skin.
05:20 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of up mid-single digit
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 core EPS $1.27, consensus $1.24
Reports Q2 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.44B. Further strengthening of USD impacted sales by -11% and core operating income by -13%. Growth Products, an indicator of the rejuvenation of the portfolio, contributed 35% of continuing operations net sales in Q2, and were up 24%. In Pharmaceuticals, Growth Products contributed 44% of division net sales in the quarter, and sales for these products were up 38%.
July 20, 2015
12:09 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says Nivolumab BMS approved in EU for SQ NSCLC
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12:08 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
10:26 EDTTEVALeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals / Generics Analyst Gerberry, along with MEDACorp Specialists Michael Belliveau, PhD and Shashank Upadhye, JD, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of TEVA's preliminary responses to the IPR challenge on Copaxone 40mg, the likely outcomes for the Copaxone 40mg patent challenge and perspectives on recent updates in the JAZZ Xyrem patent case on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 22 at 2 pm.
08:38 EDTMYLAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
08:28 EDTBMYExelixis off highs, but still up 34% after Bristol-Myers data
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08:25 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says Phase III study evaluating Opdivo stopped early
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07:33 EDTMYL, BMYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:32 EDTNVSAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTMYLZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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July 17, 2015
08:38 EDTTEVA, MYLLeerink puts 25% odds on Teva, Mylan deal within 12 months
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July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
09:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says EU approves Evotaz for treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults
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09:01 EDTBMYuniQure has reached compelling entry point, says Roth Capital
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08:03 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline expects to ship 32M-38M flu vaccines over 2015-16 season
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