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April 28, 2014
07:21 EDTABBV, PFE, AZN, ZTS, BMYJefferies expects Pfizer to up bid, sees Bristol as another option
Jefferies expects Pfizer (PFE) to up its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN) and thinks AstraZeneca's board and management will see "significant additional pressure" to engage in merger talks now that Pfizer went public with its interest. The firm views Bristol-Myers (BMY) as another takeover option for Pfizer, but notes such a deal does not offer the tax incentives that AstraZeneca provides. Jefferies also reiterated AbbVie (ABBV) and Zoetis (ZTS) as consolidation plays.
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September 23, 2014
14:23 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer approached Actavis about takeover, Bloomberg reports
Pfizer (PFE) approached Actavis (ACT) to express interest in an acquisition, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter said. No formal talks are ongoing and Pfizer has not made an offer, Bloomberg adds. Pfizer is still considering pursuing a deal with AstraZeneca (AZN) as well as other options, the report says. Shares of Actavis rallied 3% to $243.06 following the story. Reference Link
14:12 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer weighing options including AstraZeneca bid, Bloomberg says
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14:12 EDTPFEPfizer approached Actavis about takeover, Bloomberg reports
13:44 EDTAZN, PFE, ABBVISI Group to hold a webinar
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12:11 EDTABBV, AZN, PFEOn 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.
12:10 EDTBMYBristol-Myers to build 650,000 square foot campus in Lawrenceville, NJ
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10:54 EDTAZN, PFE, ABBVStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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09:13 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTZTSBofa/Merill special situations team to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:03 EDTABBVAbbVie to present several oncology pipeline studies
AbbVie announced that data from several clinical studies evaluating potential new medicines in the company's oncology pipeline will be presented at the upcoming 2014 European Society of Medical Oncology Annual Congress, September 26-30, in Madrid, Spain. Data being presented include results from a Phase 2 study evaluating the safety and efficacy of veliparib, or ABT-888, a poly polymerase inhibitor, in combination with two broad-acting chemotherapeutic medicines in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Results from a Phase 1 study of ABT-414 in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme will also be presented during an oral presentation. Reference Link
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 22, 2014
07:21 EDTAZN, BMYEBD Group to hold a conference
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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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10:07 EDTPFEHigh option volume stocks
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09:33 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says DURATION-NEO-1 trial met primary endpoint
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07:54 EDTAZNSalix price target raised to $192 from $161 at Canaccord
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07:35 EDTZTSZoetis seen as potential Bayer target after split announcement, Bloomberg says
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September 18, 2014
11:15 EDTABBVRepros sinks after panel backs tests for testosterone therapies
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06:10 EDTABBVFDA panel votes 20-1 to study changes to testosterone therapies
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September 17, 2014
07:43 EDTBMY, ZTS, AZN, PFEBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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