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July 16, 2014
07:59 EDTPFE, MDT, PRGO, VRX, AGN, ABBV, SHPG, ABT, MYL, AZN, COVTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and others, urged Congress to take action to address the "urgent issue" of tax inversions, which Lew said "function to hollow out the U.S. corporate income tax base." Lew noted that President Obama proposes to ensure that companies cannot change their tax domicile without a change in control of the company. According to Lew, several senators have "put companies on notice that any transaction that takes place after early May will not have the desired effect of lowering future U.S. tax liabilities." Tax inversions are a particularly significant issue in the pharmaceutical industry. Companies that have recently proposed transactions that involve an inversion component or have been linked to potential transactions include Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN), Mylan (MYL), Abbott (ABT), Shire (SHPG), AbbVie (ABBV), Allergan (AGN), Valeant (VRX), Perrigo (PRGO), Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV). Reference Link
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September 4, 2014
17:15 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted orphan status for EFGR non-small cell lung cancer treatment
The FDA posted on its website that AstraZeneca has been granted orphan status for its treatment of epidermal growth factor receptor, or EFGR, mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Reference Link
16:05 EDTPFEPfizer granted orphan status for sickle cell disease drug
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09:44 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Ackman deliver another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) and Bill Ackman delivered another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, bringing its total vote to call a special meeting to 33.8%, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources. A special meeting has been set for December 18, Faber added.
08:52 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:38 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $21-$25 from $17-$20 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Infinity (INFY) after the company announced a global development and commercialization oncology agreement with AbbVie (ABBV) for duvelisib. The firm thinks the financial terms of the deal are favorably for Infinity, and significantly lower the risk presented by Infinity's stock. It raised its estimate of the drug's chances of success to 75% from 65% and keeps an Outperform rating on Infinity.
07:23 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca called for inversion clamp down as part of defense, WSJ says
Amid its defense against an unsolicited takeover bid from rival Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN) hired advisers with close ties to the Obama administration, who made calls to senior administration officials urging a clamp down on tax inversions, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the previously undisclosed calls. Reference Link
September 3, 2014
16:20 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had an outline for a cease-fire plan for eastern Ukraine and was closing in an agreement. The averages hit their highs shortly after the open and the Nasdaq was the first index to cross into negative territory as it was weighed down by Apple's (AAPL) decline. The market moved in a narrow range as investors anticipated the Fedís Beige Book report, scheduled for release mid-afternoon. The report was fairly benign and the market limped into the close, with volume remaining light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: U.S. factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book stated that the pace of growth did not change significantly in any of the central bank's 12 regions during a six week period ended in August compared with the previous six week period. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated $4.36, or 4.22%, to $98.94 after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which surged $4.81, or 44.05%, to $15.73 after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which jumped $3.94, or 9.16%, to $46.97 ahead of its second quarter earnings report, which is due tomorrow morning. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which fell $4.11, or 18.55%, to $18.05 after FDA briefing documents ahead of a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower after its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $4.47, or 11.54%, to $34.27. Analysts at Piper Jaffray attributed the post-earnings weakness to investor concerns over heightened inventory levels, but the firm said it still sees Vince as one of the best small cap growth names in its space and would be "aggressive buyers" on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 10.72, or 0.06%, to 17,078.28, the Nasdaq fell 25.62, or 0.56%, to 4,572.56, and the S&P 500 slipped 1.56, or 0.08%, to 2,000.72.
16:09 EDTABBVAbbVie backs Q3 adjusted EPS view 77c-79c, consensus 77c
16:09 EDTABBVAbbVie confirms FY14 adjusted EPS view $3.06-$3.16, consensus $3.16
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13:02 EDTABBVAbbVie, Calico announce collaboration
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12:33 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
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11:30 EDTPFEPfizer has conference call hosted by Bernstein
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09:32 EDTABTAbbott receives CE Mark for FreeStyle Libre
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09:15 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the strategic collaboration with AbbVie Inc to develop and commercialize duvelisib will be held on September 3 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTMDTMedtronic announces CE Mark for CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced CE Mark for the 23 mm CoreValve Evolut R System for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, or TAVI. The novel, self-expanding valve and 14FR equivalent delivery system offers new capabilities that advance valve performance and deliverability during the procedure, while providing the option to recapture and reposition the valve during deployment phase, if needed.The novel system consisting of the CoreValve Evolut R transcatheter aortic valve and the EnVeo(TM) R Delivery Catheter System is designed for first-time positioning accuracy and also offers a new InLine Sheath that significantly reduces the profile to the lowest on the market; a smaller profile size is believed to minimize the risk of major vascular complications. The new valve is anatomically designed to increase conformability at the annulus for optimal annular fit and sealing, while maintaining supra-annular valve position for improved hemodynamic performance.
06:48 EDTABBVInfinity, AbbVie announce global strategic collaboration to develop duvelisib
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) and AbbVie (ABBV) announced that they have entered into a global collaboration to develop and commercialize duvelisib, Infinityís oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase-delta and PI3K-gamma, for the treatment of patients with cancer. Duvelisib has shown clinical activity across a broad range of blood cancers, including indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Infinity is conducting registration-focused trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of duvelisib, including DYNAMOTM, a Phase 2 study in patients with iNHL, and DUOTM, a Phase 3 study in patients with CLL. Under the terms of the agreement, Infinity will receive an upfront payment of $275M and is eligible to receive up to $530M in additional payments for the achievement of development, regulatory and commercial milestones, including up to $405M for the achievement of milestones through the first commercial sale of duvelisib. In the U.S., the companies will jointly commercialize duvelisib and will share equally in any potential profits. Outside the U.S., AbbVie will be responsible for the conduct and funding of commercialization of duvelisib, and Infinity is eligible to receive tiered double-digit royalties on net product sales. Development and commercialization activities under the collaboration will be managed through a shared governance structure. In the U.S., Infinity and AbbVie will jointly commercialize duvelisib, assuming regulatory approval, with Infinity booking sales, and will share equally in any potential profits or losses. Outside the U.S., AbbVie will be responsible for conducting and funding of any commercialization of duvelisib, and Infinity is eligible to receive tiered royalties on net product sales, with percentages ranging from 23.5%-30.5%. For sales of duvelisib in the U.S., AbbVie and Infinity will share equally the existing royalty obligations to Mundipharma International Corporation Limited/Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P., and Infinity will be responsible for these royalty obligations outside of the U.S. Infinity will also be responsible for the existing royalty obligations to Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company for sales of duvelisib worldwide. As part of the strategic collaboration, the companies will share responsibility for the conduct of specific trials specified within an agreed-upon global development plan, with each company leading the development of certain trials within the plan. For the initial global development plan agreed to by the companies, Infinity will fund the trials it conducts and the companies will share equally the funding of trials conducted by AbbVie. The agreement includes plans to launch multiple Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies of duvelisib in hematologic malignancies over the next several years.
06:48 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie announce global strategic collaboration
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05:44 EDTAZNTeva announces positive judgement in patent case against AstraZeneca
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