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April 28, 2014
07:21 EDTZTS, BMY, ABBV, PFE, AZNJefferies 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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July 11, 2014
11:54 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
11:34 EDTABBVShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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06:29 EDTABBVAbbVie encourages largest Shire shareholders to pursue talks, Bloomberg says
Shire (SHPG) is hearing from its largest shareholders who are encouraging the company to come to the table and work out an agreement with AbbVie (ABBV), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. AbbVie is targeting Shire in a $51.1B takeover offer. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
12:43 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces plans for Q3 submission of Opdivo BLA
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced earlier that, following discussions with the FDA, the company is planning a Q3 submission of a Biologics Licensing Application for Opdivo for previously treated advanced melanoma. This will mark the second tumor type for which Bristol-Myers Squibb has a regulatory submission underway for Opdivo in the U.S. “We continue to collaborate closely with the FDA on Opdivo and the planned submission in advanced melanoma represents an important step forward in our company’s commitment to deliver innovative treatment options for patients with cancer,” said Michael Giordano, MD, Head of Oncology Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. The advanced melanoma BLA is based on data from Checkmate -037, a multinational, multicenter, randomized open-label Phase 3 trial evaluating Opdivo compared to dacarbazine or carboplatin/paclitaxel in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who have been previously treated with Yervoy and, if BRAF-mutation positive, a BRAF inhibitor regimen. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name Opdivo, which, if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trade name for nivolumab.
09:40 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire not holding talks at this point as deadline approaches, CNBC says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are not holding talks at this point, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Shire confirmed two days ago that it has received AbbVie's latest, raised takeover offer and that its board will meet to consider the proposal.
July 9, 2014
08:19 EDTABBVAbbVie offer may not bring Shire to negotiating table, says BMO Capital
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07:38 EDTABBVShire still has leverage, can get one more raise from AbbVie, Reuters contends
The selloff in shares of Shire (SHPG) and AbbVie (ABBV) yesterday following the latter's increased takeover offer suggests the market now expects a strong rebuttal from Shire, but "one plausible response" is a gently worded rejection that signals that another raised bid would be enough to secure a deal without a hostile play, contended Reuters Breakingviews columnists Neil Unmack and Robert Cyran. Shire’s board still has some leverage and can "probably extract one more increase in return for their recommendation," the authors believe. Reference Link
06:49 EDTPFEPfizer given dismissal of U.S. investor class action before trial, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTABBVAbbVie required to retract comments in Shire takeover battle, Reuters says
AbbVie (ABBV) has been required to take back comments made by its CEO Richard Gonzalez regarding shareholder support for its offer for Shire (SHPG), according to Reuters, citing a statement from the U.S. drugmaker. British takeover rules say that a rival is not allowed to claim support for its bid unless it has this in writing from shareholders. Reference Link
July 8, 2014
16:23 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:48 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:15 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:05 EDTABBVShire says board will meet to consider AbbVie proposal
Shire (SHPG) notes the announcement by AbbVie (ABBV) of a revised conditional non-binding proposal for a cash and share offer for Shire, comprising GBP 22.44 in cash and 0.8568 AbbVie shares per Shire share. "Shire confirms that AbbVie did not make the revised proposal to Shire before the announcement. The Board of Shire will meet to consider the proposal and a further announcement will be made in due course. Shareholders are strongly advised to take no action in relation to the AbbVie proposal. There can be no certainty that any firm offer will be made nor as to the terms on which any firm offer might be made. This statement is being made by Shire without the prior agreement or approval of AbbVie," Shire stated.
08:07 EDTABBVShire volatility expected to move on AbbVie increasing proposal
Shire (SHPG) volatility is expected to move on AbbVie (ABBV) announcing that it has increased its proposal to GBP 22.44 in cash and 0.8568 ordinary shares of new AbbVie for each Shire share. This new proposal is an approximately 11% increase from AbbVie's prior indicative proposal. Overall option implied volatility of 49 is above its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:55 EDTABBVAbbVie increases proposal for Shire to GBP 51.15 per share
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07:54 EDTABBVShire jumps 3% to $244 after AbbVie ups buyout offer for fourth time
07:53 EDTABBVAbbVie raises offer for Shire to 51.15 pounds per share
07:20 EDTBMYBristol-Myers price target lowered to $55 from $62 at Leerink
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07:17 EDTBMY, AZNLeerink raises immuno-oncology market forecast to $36B
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