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July 30, 2014
08:01 EDTPFE, BAXPfizer enters into agreement to acquire Baxter's portfolio of marketed vaccines
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baxter International's (BAX) portfolio of marketed vaccines for $635M. As part of the transaction, Pfizer will also acquire a portion of Baxter’s facility in Orth, Austria, where these vaccines are manufactured. Baxter’s portfolio of marketed vaccines consists of NeisVac-C and FSME-IMMUN/TicoVac. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have an impact on its 2014 financial guidance issued on July 29, 2014. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, including some countries in the European Union, and is expected to occur by the end of 2014. There are other closing conditions customary in a transaction of this nature.
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September 23, 2014
14:12 EDTPFEPfizer approached Actavis about takeover, Bloomberg reports
13:44 EDTPFEISI Group to hold a webinar
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12:11 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, amid new rules from the Obama administration on tax inversions and manufacturing data from around the globe. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for a rise of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for September rose to 14, beating expectations for it to have dropped two points to 10. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady at the 52.5 seen in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies, including a number in the pharmaceutical industry, are lower in early trading after the Treasury Department announced new regulations yesterday night that aim to make it tougher for U.S. companies to lower their tax burdens via mergers with foreign companies, otherwise known as "inversions." Among the stocks that moved lower after the new rules were announced was Astrazeneca (AZN), which had previously been a target of Pfizer (PFE) and fell about 4% near midday. Also lower were shares of both Shire (SHPG), which fell 2%, and Abbvie (ABBV), which dropped 1.6%, as the two have previously agreed to merge in a tax inversion deal. Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV), which similarly agreed to an inversion merger, were down 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which rose more than 5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) is in advanced talks on a deal to buy the company. Shares of Allergan were also up nearly 3% near midday, as the Journal also reported that Allergan rejected a recent buyout offer from Actavis (ACT). Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 16% after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own earnings report was auto retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell over 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.91, or 0.19%, to 17,139.77, the Nasdaq was up 2.90, or 0.06%, to 4,530.59, and the S&P 500 was down 2.29, or 0.11%, to 1,992.00.
10:54 EDTPFEStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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06:40 EDTPFEPiper says don't dismiss potential Pfizer bid for Actavis
Piper Jaffray says it would not be dismissive of Pfizer (PFE) as a potential acquirer of Actavis (ACT). Piper believes Pfizer's public M&A comments are supportive of Actavis' exposure to complex generics and emerging markets. The firm views Actavis shares as attractively valued, irrespective of the acquisition chatter. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $280 price target.
September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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10:07 EDTPFEHigh option volume stocks
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September 17, 2014
08:44 EDTBAXJPMorgan biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:43 EDTPFEBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTPFEOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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07:19 EDTPFECompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
09:25 EDTPFEJPMorgan biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts assess Pfizer's M&A options on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on September 15 at 10 am.
09:16 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTBAXBaxter announces FDA approval for RIXUBIS
(BAX) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved RIXUBIS for routine prophylactic treatment, control and prevention of bleeding episodes, and perioperative management in children with hemophilia B. RIXUBIS was the first recombinant factor IX approved for routine prophylaxis and control of bleeding episodes in the U.S. for adults living with this chronic condition. The approval is based on the results of a clinical trial investigating the efficacy and safety of RIXUBIS among 23 previously-treated male patients less than 12 years of age with severe or moderately severe hemophilia B. There were no reports of inhibitor development, no severe allergic reactions, and no thrombotic or treatment-related adverse events among the study participants. Baxter’s application for marketing approval for RIXUBIS for adults and pediatric patients is currently under review in the EU, with a regulatory decision expected later this year. The treatment also recently gained regulatory approval in Australia.
07:27 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTPFEPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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September 14, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer shares look cheap, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
20:32 EDTBAXFDA approves Baxter's HYQVIA for treatment of primary immunodeficiency
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10:32 EDTPFEPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being “held hostage” over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link
September 11, 2014
08:15 EDTBAXBaxter says separation on track for mid-2015, new company to be called 'Baxalta'
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