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April 23, 2014
05:25 EDTNVSNovartis announces new data confirms efficacy of Gilenya
New analyses of pooled data from the FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials will be presented at the 66th American Academy of Neurology, or AAN, Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and will show the consistent efficacy of Gilenya on four key measures of multiple sclerosis disease activity - reducing relapses, new MRI lesion counts, brain volume loss and disability progression. Demonstrating benefit on these four measures is important in order to improve the course of MS and ultimately address the loss of function experienced by patients with MS. An additional analysis of FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II will show that significantly more Gilenya-treated patients had brain volume loss rates comparable to people without MS. Given that brain volume loss, measured by MRI, starts early in the disease course and is correlated with long-term disability, a treatment benefit on this measure will be important for patients with MS.
April 22, 2014
19:03 EDTBMY Bristol-Myers and Samsung BioLogics to increase scope of existing agreement
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16:33 EDTGSK, NVSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:47 EDTBMYOnglyza, Kombiglyze XR get Paragraph IV patent challenges
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12:39 EDTJNJ, NVS, GSKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid a number of big deals and a much talked about proposed deal in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as another wave of earnings reports. The market opened quietly but on the positive side of the ledger as investors pored over the multitude of quarterly reports issued after the close last night and earlier today. Near noon the market stood near its session highs and is pointing toward its sixth consecutive positive close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales slipped 0.2% to a 4.59M rate in March, versus expectation for them to have fallen 1% to a 4.56M rate. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey for April had a reading of 7, beating the consensus forecast for a reading of 2. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) teamed with Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square to make a hostile takeover offer for Allergan (AGN), sending shares of both companies higher. Allergan confirmed it received the offer of $48.30 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant stock for each of its own shares, which it said it will evaluate with the help of its advisers. Analysts' opinion on the fallout varied, with one firm suggesting Allergan could pursue its own takeover of Shire (SHPG) or Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) as a defense, and another saying a rival big pharma company, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), could launch a competing bid for Allergan. Shares of Allergan led all gainers on the S&P 500, rising 16%, while Valeant shares gained more than 6%... A number of other big drug makers made news with a string of deals, as Novartis (NVS) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) both reshaped their companies via a trio of agreements. Novartis will acquire GSK's oncology products for a $14.5B payment and up to $1.5B contingent future payments, Novartis will sells its Vaccines business, excluding flu, to GSK for $7.1B plus royalties, and the two agreed to tie-up their consumer healthcare businesses through a joint venture. In a separate transaction, Novartis agreed to divest its Animal Health Division to Eli Lilly (LLY) for about $5.4B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were streaming video service Netflix (NFLX), which advanced almost 6%, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which rose 8%. Companies that slid following their earnings reports included printer maker Lexmark (LXK), which fell over 11%, and Pentair (PNR), which dropped almost 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 106.77, or 0.65%, to 16,556.02, the Nasdaq was up 45.95, or 1.11%, to 4,167.50, and the S&P 500 was up 11.59, or 0.62%, to 1,883.48.
11:22 EDTJNJAnalysts think Valeant bid for Allergan could spur higher offer, rival deal
After Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) teamed with hedge fund Pershing Square to make a hostile takeover offer for Allergan (AGN), analysts' opinion on the fallout varied, with one firm suggesting Allergan could pursue its own takeover as a defense and another believing Valeant will be pushed to raise its offer. WHAT'S NEW: Valeant, in partnership with Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, offered to combine with Allergan for $48.30 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant stock for each share of Allergan. Allergan has confirmed it received the offer and said that it would evaluate the proposal. ANALYST OPINION: In a note to investors, Wells Fargo stated that it believes that Valeant's low tax rate will enable it to raise its bid. Moreover, one or more big pharmaceutical companies, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), could launch a competing bid for Allergan, added Wells. The firm believes that Allergan could ultimately be purchased for $165 per share. Research firm Jefferies said it expects Allergan's board to oppose Valeant's takeover attempt. The firm suggested that Allergan could seek to fend off Valeant's takeover attempt by acquiring Shire (SHPG) or Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ). Jefferies kept a Hold rating on Allergan. BMO Capital similarly believes that Valeant will have to overcome significant hurdles in order to complete the deal. The management teams of the two companies have different views and Allergan's business could be damaged by significant cost cutting following the deal, according to the firm. Nonetheless, it kept an Outperform rating on the Botox maker. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Allergan rallied 15.5% to $164, Valeant gained 4.4% to $133, Jazz shares rose 6.4% to $147.18 and Shire added 4.8% to $158.62.
10:36 EDTNVSEli Lilly sees Novartis deal as accretive on a cash basis by 2016
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10:00 EDTTEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:16 EDTGSK, NVSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 8%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 7%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 8%... Illinois Tool (ITW), up 2.3%... Comcast (CMCSA), up 1%... McDonald's (MCD), up 0.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 17% after Valeant (VRX) confirms proposal to combine with the company for $48.30 and 0.83 shares of stock. Valeant is up 5% following its confirmation of the news that broke last night... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 4.5% after agreeing to sell oncology products for $14.5B to Novartis (NVS) and buy Novartis' Vaccines business, currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. Novartis shares trading in New York are also up 1% following the deals... Revance Therapeutics (RVNC), up 20% after announcing positive results from RT002 Phase 1/2 study... Facebook (FB), up 2% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xerox (XRX), down 4%... Lexmark (LXK), down 4.8%. ALSO LOWER: Allison Transmission (ALSN), down 4% after filing to sell 25M shares for holders... FireEye (FEYE), down 2.9% after filing to sell 13.3M shares of common stock for holders... Bebe stores (BEBE), down 16% after reporting preliminary Q3 losses that were steeper than the consensus estimate.
08:49 EDTGSKGSK, Theravance announce Phase III study of FF/VI in Japan
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08:37 EDTGSKTheravance, GlaxoSmithKline receive Australian approval for Breo Ellipta
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced that the Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved BREO ELLIPTA for the treatment of patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in Australia. Two strengths of BREO ELLIPTA have been licensed for the treatment of asthma and one strength has been licensed for the treatment of COPD.
08:08 EDTPFEAstraZeneca Pfizer deal is doable, says Bernstein
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08:03 EDTPFEPfizer says OPT Pivotal #1 and #2 programs meet primary endpoints in study
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07:50 EDTNVSNovartis CEO Jimenez says bolt-on-buys still could occur, Reuters says
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07:48 EDTNVS, GSKGlaxoSmithKline to host conference call
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07:46 EDTNVS, GSKGlaxo thinks Novartis agreement could mean future disposals, Reuters says
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07:42 EDTTEVATeva initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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07:41 EDTNVSNovartis to host conference call
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07:16 EDTPFEAstraZeneca cancer pipeline viewed as possible draw for Pfizer, Reuters says
Pfizer (PFE) could come back to make an offer to AstraZeneca (AZN) after its reported $101B takeover approach was declined, since an agreement could benefit the U.S. pharmaceutical company as it aims to improve its cancer pipeline, reported Reuters. Reference Link
07:11 EDTNVSEli Lilly to host conference call
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06:11 EDTJNJWells says big pharma bidders could emerge for Allergan
Wells Fargo believes Allergan (AGN) wants to remain independent and says the "hurdle to convince the company to sell could be pretty high." Wells thinks Valeant's (VRX) low tax rate gives it room to raise its bid for Allergan, and it sees the potential for one or more big pharma bidders, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), emerging due to Allergan's "attractive eye care and aesthetics portfolio and pipeline." Wells believes a purchase price for Allergan of $50B or $165 per share could be justified.
05:38 EDTNVSEli Lilly acquires Novartis Animal Health for $5.4B in all-cash transaction
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05:35 EDTNVS, GSKNovartis says transactions 'represent a transformation' for the company
The elements of the transaction with GSK (GSK) are inter-conditional and subject to approval by GSK shareholders. The Novartis (NVS) board unanimously believes that the transactions with GSK and the transaction with Lilly (LLY) are in the best interests of Novartis and the Novartis Shareholders as a whole. The transaction with Lilly is expected to close by the end of 1Q15 and the transaction with GSK is expected to close during the first half of 2015. The terms of the divestment of the Vaccines business would maximize the value of its pipeline, including Bexsero. The divestment of Animal Health would recognize the full value of the business. The transactions are expected to improve Novartis' sales and core operating income growth rates, while improving margins. Each of the transactions is projected to be value creating. The company commented, "These transactions represent a transformation for Novartis. We have leading positions in our core businesses in high-growth segments of healthcare. This will enable us to continue to build the world's most respected and successful healthcare company. Our strategic focus on science-based innovation and our global scale position the company well to meet the changes in the healthcare industry for the coming decade and beyond."
05:29 EDTNVSNovartis divests Animal Health Division to Eli Lilly for about $5.4B
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05:27 EDTPFEAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded AstraZeneca (AZN) to Buy calling a takeover by Pfizer (PFE) a "high probability event." Citi believes AstraZeneca's oncology pipeline is undervalued at current share levels.
05:26 EDTGSK, NVSNovartis OTC, GSK Consumer Healthcare form joint venture
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05:23 EDTNVS, GSKNovartis divests Vaccines business to GSK for $7.1B
Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest its Vaccines business to GSK (GSK), currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. The $7.1B consists of $5.25B upfront and up to $1.8B in milestones. As a part of a value-maximization strategy in the context of the portfolio review, Novartis has initiated a separate sales process for its flu business.
05:20 EDTNVS, GSKNovartis to acquire GSK oncology products for $14.5B
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April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
13:02 EDTGNKGenco moves forward with previously announced restructuring support agreement
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12:47 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:51 EDTGNKGenco files for bankruptcy with over $1B in debt, Bloomberg reports
Genco Shipping (GNK) peers include Eagle Bulk Shipping (EGLE) and Euroseas (ESEA).
11:08 EDTJNJAllergan recent rally due to several factors, says BMO Capital
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10:18 EDTPFEAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
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09:21 EDTTEVA, PFEOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
08:58 EDTACTImpax appoints G. Frederick Wilkinson as CEOActavis
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08:18 EDTNVS, MYL, TEVAMomenta Pharma rises after high court rejects Copaxone delay bid
Shares of Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA) are higher in pre-market trading after the Supreme Court denied Teva's (TEVA) request to delay the launch of generic forms of its relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis product, Copaxone. WHAT'S NEW: Teva confirmed on April 19 that the Chief Justice of the United States denied the company's application for an injunction seeking to prevent the launch of a generic version of Copaxone. Teva will continue pursuing its appeal in the Supreme Court and defending its intellectual property for Copaxone, the company said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Momenta has developed a generic version of Copaxone in partnership with Novartis' (NVS) Sandoz unit. Mylan, which is preparing to launch a generic version of Copaxone as well, said after the ruling: "We are pleased with the Chief Justice's decision, and we look forward to introducing the first generic Copaxone treatment for multiple sclerosis patients in the U.S. at market formation. Mylan remains eligible to receive approval from the U.S. FDA on May 25, 2014." PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Momenta shares are up over 12% to $12.46, while Mylan shares are up more than 3% to $48.48. Teva shares trading in New York are down about 1.7% to $50 in pre-market trading.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer unlikely to have been interested in AstraZeneca, says Bernstein
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07:21 EDTNVS, JNJ, PFE, BMYFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews including MDT's Activa Dystonia Therapy, (BAX's Advate and Tisseel, NVS' Famvir, Tibotec's (JNJ subsidiary) Intelence, UCB Pharma's Keppra, MRK's Maxalt, BAYRY's Natazia, Digestive Care's Pertzye, JNJ's Prezista, BMY's Reyataz, SNY's Sklice, PFE's Torisel, Aptalis' Ultresa, and GILD's Viread in a meeting being held in Bethesda, Maryland on April 21 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTPFEPfizer bid for AstraZeneca 'looks highly probable,' says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Pfizer's (PFE) reported takeover interest in AstraZeneca (AZN) "looks highly probable." Citi thinks a deal would fit Pfizer's strategic goals for immunotherapy and autoimmune disease and would also be financially attractive. The firm expects Pfizer to "aggressively" approach AstraZeneca a second time.
06:47 EDTPFEAstraZeneca volatility elevated, said to have been approached by Pfizer – report
AstraZeneca (AZN) implied volatility is expected is to move on Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached to propose a $101B takeover, says the Sunday Times. Overall option implied volatility of 20 is above its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
06:40 EDTPFEPfizer volatility flat said to be considering bid for AstraZeneca – report
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April 20, 2014
20:37 EDTPFEPfizer said to be considering GBP60B bid for AstraZeneca, Sunday Times says
Drug giant Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached AstraZeneca (AZN) to propose a GBP60B takeover of the U.K company, says the Sunday Times. Informal discussions have recently taken place, say sources, but AstraZeneca is believed to be resisting Pfizer’s approach, added the Sunday Times. Reference Link
16:45 EDTPFEBiogen hemophilia drug Alprolix priced similar to older treatments, Reuters says
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April 19, 2014
18:50 EDTMYL, TEVAMylan says Teva denied injunction seeking to prevent launch of generic Copaxone
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18:32 EDTTEVASupreme Court denies Teva stay in generic Copaxone case
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that while the Chief Justice of the United States found that Teva had demonstrated “a fair prospect of success on the merits” in its appeal of a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that invalidated the claim of U.S. Patent 5,800,808, he denied the company’s application to stay the Federal Circuit's decision due to the potential for the company to recover patent infringement damages. The ‘808 patent expires on September 1, 2015 and claims a process for manufacturing the active ingredient of Teva’s relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, RRMS, product, Copaxone 20mg/mL. Teva will continue pursuing its appeal in the Supreme Court and defending its intellectual property for Copaxone. Teva previously prevailed in the District Court, which upheld the validity of nine Copaxone patents, including the ‘808 patent. A ruling last year by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld some of the COPAXONE patents that expire in May, while invalidating the ‘808 patent that is the subject of Teva’s now-granted certiorari petition. Any purported generic version of Copaxone would be required to obtain the approval of the FDA prior to being made available to the public. The inability to fully characterize the active ingredients of the product leads many experts to believe that the only way to ensure the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of any purported generic version of Copaxone would be through full-scale, placebo-controlled clinical trials with measured clinical endpoints in RRMS patients. The company is confident Copaxone will remain a proprietary, global market leading product for the reduction in the frequency of relapses in RRMS patients over the product’s lifecycle, given the strength of its intellectual property rights.
11:12 EDTBMYLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 17, 2014
16:31 EDTJNJFDA alert on laparoscopic morcellation mixed for Hologic, says Piper Jaffray
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16:18 EDTACTActavis to purchase four marketed products from Akorn and Hi-Tech Pharmacal
Actavis (ACT) announced that it has entered into agreements with Akorn (Akrx) and Hi-Tech Pharmacal (HITK) to purchase four currently marketed products and one product under development for cash consideration. The closing of the purchase agreements are contingent upon the consummation of Akorn's acquisition of Hi-Tech. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The agreements include three products marketed under Abbreviated New Drug Applications and one product marketed under a New Drug Application: Lidocaine/Prilocaine Topical Cream. The agreements also include one product under development.
16:08 EDTACTActavis, Forest Labs receive second request under Hart-Scott-Rodino from FTC
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15:55 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Genmab get FDA approval for Arzerra use
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Genmab (GNMSF) announced that the U.S. FDA has approved a Supplemental Biologic License Application for the use of Arzerra, a CD20-directed monoclonal antibody, in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for whom fludarabine-based therapy is considered inappropriate. The FDA approval of the first-line indication is based on results from a Phase III study which demonstrated statistically significant improvement in median progression-free survival in patients who received the combination of ofatumumab and chlorambucil compared to patients who received chlorambucil alone.
15:03 EDTGSKFDA grants wider approval for Glaxo's Arzerra in treatment of CLL
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11:43 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline announces Canadian approval for Incruse Ellipta
GlaxoSmithKline announced that Incruse Ellipta has received market authorization in Canada for the long-term once-daily maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This is the first market authorization granted for this product anywhere in the world, the company noted.
08:38 EDTPFE, TEVATeva settles patent ligitigation with Pfizer on Celebrex
Teva (TEVA) announced that its subsidiary Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has entered into a settlement with Pfizer (PFE) related to Teva’s generic version of Celebrex 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules in the United States. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva may launch its generic versions in December 2014 or earlier under certain circumstances. Teva has received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all strengths and believes that it is first-to-file on at least the 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules. Sales of Celebrex were $2.2B in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December, 2013.
08:15 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson price target raised to $116 from $104 at Argus
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07:20 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline opens internal probe of bribery allegations, WSJ says
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04:22 EDTMYLMylan (MYL) implied volatility of 45 at upper end of index mean range
April 16, 2014
16:16 EDTMYLMylan launches first generic Ortho Evra patch
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13:51 EDTNVSAlnylam COO critical of big pharma, FierceDrugDelivery reports
After Novartis (NVS) decided to end its RNAi research, Alnylam COO Barry Greene told FierceDrugDelivery that big pharma has "never been able to innovate." Greene attributes the recent sell-off in Alnylam shares to "generally bearish sentiment on Wall Street regarding biotech stocks in particular." Reference Link
11:19 EDTNVSNovartis launches new eye care products facility in Singapore, Nikkei says
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10:00 EDTTEVA, ACTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
08:34 EDTACTPiper Jaffray tech and biopharma analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Technical Analyst Johnson, along with BioPharma Analysts, discuss the recent downturn in the biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals industries on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 17 at 10 am.
07:59 EDTACTActavis initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
Target $230.
07:38 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reported very strong Q1 results, says Bernstein
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07:00 EDTTEVATeva initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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April 15, 2014
17:38 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson stock looks attractive, Barron's says
Johnson & Johnson stock looks attractive and there's still time to buy in, Barron's contends in its "Barron's Take" column. The company can still deliver strong returns, the paper adds. Reference Link
16:22 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:29 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline confirms FDA approval for Tanzeum
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12:58 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTTEVATeva announces launch of generic Lunesta tablets in U.S.
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10:23 EDTJNJOptions with decreasing implied volatility: FDO JNJ FAST EPB
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10:21 EDTMYL, ACTMylan announces settlement agreement for first-to-file Generess
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10:14 EDTGSKFDA approves Tanzeum to treat type 2 diabetes
The Food and Drug Administration approved Tanzeum subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control, along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes. Tanzeum has a Boxed Warning to warn that tumors of the thyroid gland have been observed in rodent studies with some GLP-1 receptor agonists, but that it is unknown whether Tanzeum causes thyroid C-cell tumors, including a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma, in humans. Tanzeum should not be used in patients with a personal or family history of MTC or in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2. The FDA approved Tanzeum with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, which consists of a communication plan to inform health care providers about the serious risks associated with Tanzeum. Tanzeum is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
10:10 EDTMYLMylan launches generic Lunesta tablets
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09:16 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says has implemented some cost reductions in MD&D sector
Says has implemented some cost reductions, combined some businesses in the Medical Devices & Diagnostics sector to better compete in the current marketplace.
08:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY net interest expense $400M-$500M
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08:23 EDTGSK, BMYLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:19 EDTBMYLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:19 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt closing mid-year
Sees sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) closing mid-year. Says offer from Carlyle Group (CG) to acquire Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics expected to close mid-year. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
08:07 EDTACT, MYLActavis announces agreement related to Generess FE patent challenge litigation
Actavis (ACT) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan (MYL) and Famy Care to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Mylan's generic version of Generess. Under the terms of the agreement, Actavis will grant Mylan a license to market its generic version of Generess® FE under its pending Abbreviated New Drug Application beginning on April 1, 2015. Alternatively, Mylan will be permitted to launch an authorized generic version of Actavis' product beginning on October 1, 2015. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Actavis remains in litigation with Lupin Ltd in connection with Lupin's pending ANDA for a generic version of Generess.
08:06 EDTMYL, GSKProsonix, Mylan enter licensing deal for generic version of Flixotide, Flovent
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08:04 EDTPFEWuXi PharmaTech names Steve Yang as COO and Executive VP
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07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 Domestic sales up 2.2%; Intl sales up 4.5%
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.80-$5.90, consensus $5.83
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.54, consensus $1.48
Reports Q1 revenue $18.1B, consensus $18.0B
07:35 EDTNVSAlnylam outlook not affected by Novartis decision, says JMP Securities
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07:22 EDTNVSNovartis to Shire said to mull offers for ThromboGenics, Bloomberg says
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06:36 EDTNVSRanbaxy inspection failures add $900M to heart drug costs, Bloomberg says
A gap in U.S. patent law has kept cheap copies of Novartis' (NVS) heart drug Diovan off the market for 18 months, which has cost U.S. consumers and insurers as much as $900M in possible savings, reported Bloomberg. Ranbaxy (RBXLY) is the only company permitted to sell a generic version of Diovan, and hasn’t been able to manufacture and market them after four factories it runs in India failed U.S. inspections. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGSK, PFE, JNJ, NVS, BMYPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
16:40 EDTGNKOZ Management reports 7.32% stake in Genco Shipping
OZ Management intends to monitor the company’s restructuring process, as first described in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the company with the SEC on April 3, with the intent of taking any and all actions that OZ Management deems necessary or appropriate to protect and/or maximize the value of their respective investments in the company's securities. Such actions may include, but are not limited to, entering into discussions with the Issuer, management and/or the board. OZ Management may consult with other holders of the company's securities regarding the Restructuring Process.
15:17 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.48; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 44c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 22c; Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 78c; Comerica (CMA), consensus 72c; Westamerica (WABC), consensus 58c; Comverse (CNSI), consensus 49c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 5c.
14:42 EDTNVSAlnylam slips after Novartis reportedly cuts back RNAi development
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13:25 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J looking for another strong performance in pharmaceuticals
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11:48 EDTNVSNovartis significantly reducing RNAi development efforts, FierceBiotech says
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10:02 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics presents GMI-1070 data
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08:15 EDTBMYBristol-Myers submits NDA for Reyataz-cobicistat combo for HIV-1
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced the submission of a new drug application, or NDA, on April 4 to the FDA for a fixed-dose combination of atazanavir sulfate, a protease inhibitor marketed as Reyataz, and cobicistat, an investigational pharmacokinetic enhancer, or boosting agent, that can increase the level of certain HIV-1 medicines in the blood and make them more effective. Bristol-Myers Squibb is seeking approval of the fixed-dose combination tablet for use in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. If approved, atazanavir sulfate and cobicistat could offer patients living with HIV-1 a single tablet that eliminates the need to take a boosting agent in a separate tablet. Cobicistat is being developed by Gilead Sciences (GILD). Under the terms of a previously announced agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb and its affiliates are responsible for the formulation, manufacturing, registration, distribution and commercialization of the atazanavir sulfate and cobicistat fixed-dose combination product worldwide. Gilead retains sole rights for the manufacture, development and commercialization of cobicistat as a stand-alone product and for use in combination with other agents.
06:40 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline paid bribes to Polish doctors to promote Seretide, BBC says
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05:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Hold citing the recent outperformance of shares. The firm keeps a $105 price target for the stock.
April 11, 2014
18:44 EDTJNJJ&J halting development of Botox competitor, WSJ says
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11:50 EDTMYLStocks with call strike movement; TNA MYL
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10:30 EDTMYL, ACTActavis and Mylan shares recommended at Bernstein
07:31 EDTMYLMylan confirms judge enforces agreement with Endo regarding generic Frova
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07:19 EDTPFEAcura Pharma to host conference call
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April 10, 2014
11:42 EDTGSKReport claims Tamiflu, Relenza do little to prevent the spread of flu
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07:04 EDTBMYBristol-Myers presents Phase III data on all-oral Daclatasvir and Asunaprevir
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06:17 EDTPFEAcura Pharma announces return of product rights from Pfizer
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April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTBMYGilead defended by analysts after recent pullback
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10:06 EDTACTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
08:16 EDTACTActavis upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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07:23 EDTBMY, JNJEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
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07:09 EDTNVSReckitt Benckiser may be frontrunner for Merck unit, Bloomberg reports
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07:09 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson outlook positive into Q1 results, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Johnson & Johnson's Q1 EPS to come in slightly above the consensus estimate, with strength in pharmaceuticals more than offsetting lackluster Medical Devices & Diagnostics growth, according to the firm. Bernstein keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
05:57 EDTMYLMylan implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
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