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July 31, 2015
16:22 EDTPFEStocks end week higher in U.S. despite selloff in China
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14:08 EDTLLYEli Lilly removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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09:56 EDTPFEOptions with increasing volume on open
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July 29, 2015
19:08 EDTBMYBristol-Myers enters immuno-oncology collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin
Kyowa Hakko Kirin and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the companies have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to conduct a Phase 1/2 combination study with mogamulizumab, an anti-CCR4 antibody and Opdivo, a PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor. The study, which will be conducted in the U.S., will focus on evaluating the safety, tolerability and anti-tumor activity of combining mogamulizumab and Opdivo as a potential treatment option for patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors. Prior to this agreement, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to study the combination of mogamulizumab and Opdivo in Japan. Mogamulizumab and Opdivo are part of a new class of cancer treatments known as immunotherapies, which are designed to harness the body’s own immune system in fighting cancer by targeting distinct regulatory components of the immune system.
06:50 EDTPFEPfizer CEO: Company has 'sufficient courage' to pursue takeovers, FT says
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05:28 EDTNVSNovartis announces equity stake in Mereo BioPharma Group
Novartis announced a swap of clinical assets for equity with Mereo BioPharma Group. The deal involves compounds in areas of unmet medical need including BPS-804, to improve bone density in brittle bone syndrome, an orphan disease; BCT-197 for acute exacerbations in COPD, and BGS-649 for obese men with hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism to normalize testosterone levels. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will have an equity stake in Mereo and will share in the success of the development of these compounds, including a share on milestones and royalties on future commercial sales.
July 28, 2015
16:53 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:31 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
07:20 EDTBMY, PFEBrookings Institute to hold a public meeting
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07:18 EDTPFEPfizer raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.01-$2.07, consensus $2.04
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07:17 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 innovative products revenue $6.63B, up 8%
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07:02 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q2 EPS adjusted 56c, consensus 52c
Reports Q2 revenue $11.9B, consensus $11.42B.
July 27, 2015
18:30 EDTPFEAllergan CEO pursuing 'transformational deals,' FT says
In a Financial Times interview following the sale of its generics unit to Teva (TEVA), Allergan's (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders stated, "We’re going to contemplate transformational deals... We couldn’t before because of our capital structure and debt, but now we can." When asked about the timing of a potential deal, Saunders remarked, "We’re not going to plod along," and when asked about a hypothetical takeover by Pfizer (PFE), the CEO commented, "I spend zero time thinking about Pfizer and I am not doing anything to make us more or less attractive to them." Reference Link
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:03 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:36 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares nearly flat since last earnings report
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08:08 EDTLLYEli Lilly accepts recommendation to continue Phase 3 trial of evacetrapib
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07:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, AbbVie say EMA validates for review Empliciti MAA
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and AbbVie (ABBV) announced the European Medicines Agency validated for review the Marketing Authorization Application for Empliciti, an investigational Signaling Lymphocyte Activation Molecule-directed immunostimulatory antibody, for the treatment of multiple myeloma as combination therapy in adult patients who have received one or more prior therapies. The application was granted accelerated assessment by the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. Bristol-Myers Squibb and AbbVie are co-developing Empliciti, with Bristol-Myers Squibb solely responsible for commercial activities. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name Empliciti which, if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trade name for elotuzumab. The MAA is primarily supported by data from two randomized clinical trials, each combining Empliciti with a different standard of care regimen for multiple myeloma. ELOQUENT-2, a Phase 3, randomized, open-label study, evaluated Empliciti in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone versus lenalidomide and dexamethasone alone. The results of this trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine on June 2. Additionally, a Phase 2, randomized, open-label study evaluated Empliciti with bortezomib and dexamethasone versus bortezomib and dexamethasone alone. These Phase 2 results were presented in an oral session at the 20th Congress of the European Hematology Association. Empliciti previously obtained orphan drug designation in the European Union. An orphan medicinal product must be intended for the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a disease that is life threatening and chronically debilitating; the prevalence in the EU must not be more than five in 10,000. The medicine must be of significant benefit to those affected by the condition. If maintained, orphan drug designation allows sponsors to access a number of incentives including protocol assistance and receive market exclusivity for a ten-year period following approval.
July 24, 2015
14:08 EDTBMYBristol-Myers confirms FDA approval of hepatitis drug Daklinza
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13:49 EDTBMYFDA approves new treatment for chronic hepatitis C genotype 3
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11:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers selects Jones Lang LaSalle for facility management
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10:56 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo
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09:33 EDTLLYEli Lilly weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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09:02 EDTNVSLigand says Revolade recommended by CHMP for EU approval for SAA
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07:17 EDTNVSNovartis combination therapy Tafinlar, Mekinist achieves regulatory milestones
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
10:08 EDTLLYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:43 EDTLLYEli Lilly Alzheimer's data positive, says SunTrust
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07:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.60-$1.70
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07:31 EDTBMYBristol-Myers reports Q2 EPS 53c, consensus 36c
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06:48 EDTLLYEli Lilly up 5.5% after reporting Q2 results, raising FY15 guidance
06:38 EDTBMYBristol-Myers' two Opdivo applications validated by European Medicines Agency
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06:37 EDTLLYEli Lilly expands San Diego biotechnology center
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06:33 EDTLLYEli Lilly raises FY15 EPS view to $3.20-$3.30 from $3.10-$3.20, consensus $3.18
Narrows FY15 revenue guidance to $19.7B-$20B from $19.5B-$20B, consensus $19.8B.
06:30 EDTLLYEli Lilly reports Q2 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 74c
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTLLY, BMYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:59 EDTLLYBiogen drops after reporting data on Alzheimer's drug
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are falling after the company released data on its Alzheimer's treatment candidate, aducanumab. Peer Eli Lilly (LLY) also reported data this morning on its own experimental Alzheimer's drug, solanezumab. BIOGEN: Biogen's data "does not inspire confidence," Piper analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote in a note to investors today. The 6 mg dose of the drug performed similarly to the 1mg dose, and was barely better than the placebo, the analyst stated. The cognitive and functional performance of the patients who took the 6 mg dose did not improve by a statistically significant amount, while the results of patients taking the other doses were "noisy,"Schimmer stated. Additionally, indications of excess fluid in the brain was observed in a significant number of patients, representing an additional problem for the treatment, the analyst believes. The data "is far from inspiring confidence" and makes the outlook for aducanumab "more speculative than ever," Schimmer contended. LILLY: Also this morning, Eli Lilly presented results from a pre-specified secondary analysis of several Phase 3 studies at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. According to the company, the results suggest the treatment effect of solanezumab was preserved within a pre-specified amount in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease who received solanezumab earlier in the disease compared to patients who began treatment at a later point. Treatment differences in cognition and function between early-start and delayed-start groups at the end of the placebo-controlled period were preserved at the primary time point of 108 weeks within a pre-defined margin. Treatment differences in cognition and function between early-start and delayed-start groups at the end of the placebo-controlled period were also preserved at an additional time point of 132 weeks within a pre-defined margin.The differences at 108 weeks and at at 132 weeks remained statistically significant, the company said. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Biogen fell 3% to $397.43 while Eli Lilly shares rose 0.6% to $86.11.
10:05 EDTLLYEli Lilly gaps down, retraces, levels to watch
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08:40 EDTLLYEli Lilly July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and Alzheimer's drug data
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08:32 EDTPFEPfizer expands lease agreement with MIT subsidiary
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07:18 EDTLLYEli Lilly drops 3% to $83 after reporting Alzheimer's drug data
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07:06 EDTLLYEli Lilly's solanezumab for Alzheimer's supports 'delayed-start' use
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07:03 EDTNVSIgnyta names Bernard Parker as Chief Commercial Officer
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July 21, 2015
14:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers: Data from Phase IIa study support further evaluation of BMS955176
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced additional Phase IIa proof-of-concept data for BMS-955176, a novel investigational agent designed to prevent the maturation of HIV-1. The study findings, which are being presented in a late-breaking oral presentation at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, confirmed the antiretroviral activity of BMS-955176 when administered with atazanavir and support further development of the second-generation HIV-1 maturation inhibitor. BMS-955176 is designed to inhibit one of the last steps of the HIV-1 viral lifecycle, resulting in the release of immature non-infectious HIV-1 particles. As part of a multi-part proof-of-concept study, a two-drug combination of BMS-955176 plus atazanavir had a maximum median change in HIV-1 RNA of -2.23 log10 c/mL from baseline through study discharge. The standard of care control of atazanavir 300 mg and ritonavir 100 mg plus tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate 300 mg plus emtricitabine 200 mg in a fixed dose combination had a maximum median change in HIV-1 RNA of -2.39 log10 c/mL from baseline through study discharge. In addition, a lower dose of BMS-955176 plus atazanavir and ritonavir had a similar maximum median change in HIV-1 RNA of -2.20 log10 c/mL. Length of therapy for all treatment groups was 28 days. Study endpoints included change in HIV-1 RNA from baseline to Day 28 and from baseline to the end of the study and safety. Data from Part A and Part B of the Phase IIa proof-of-concept study support the further evaluation of BMS-955176 in novel treatment regimens such as nucleos(t)ide- and booster-sparing regimens to address key unmet needs for HIV-1 treatment-experienced patients. Two Phase IIb studies have started in 2015: a traditional dose-finding study in treatment-naive patients and a second Phase IIb study to evaluate a nucleos(t)ide- and booster-sparing regimen in treatment-experienced patients.
11:49 EDTNVSNovartis may sell Amgen's cancer drug as soon as September, Bloomberg says
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09:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Squibb receives FDA breakthrough designation for HIV-1 inhibitor
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to the investigational compound BMS-663068 when used in combination with other antiretroviral, or ARV, agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in heavily treatment-experienced adult patients. BMS-663068 is an oral prodrug of the molecule BMS-626529 and first-in-class HIV-1 attachment inhibitor. The attachment inhibitor is designed to work differently than entry inhibitors, a current class of drugs that targets co-receptors’ activity or fusion after HIV attaches to the CD4+ host cell. BMS-663068 is thought to work at an earlier point in the replication process to prevent the virus’ initial interaction with immune cells entirely, and thus blocks its entry into the cell.
08:04 EDTPFEPfizer launches Caltrate Bone & Joint Health supplement
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Caltrate Bone & Joint Health, a 3-in-1, triple action product that delivers UC-II, an exclusive form of collagen, to support healthy cartilage and promote joint flexibility, calcium and vitamin D3, to nourish strong and healthy bones, and vitamin C and minerals to support collagen production for healthy bones and skin.
05:20 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of up mid-single digit
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 core EPS $1.27, consensus $1.24
Reports Q2 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.44B. Further strengthening of USD impacted sales by -11% and core operating income by -13%. Growth Products, an indicator of the rejuvenation of the portfolio, contributed 35% of continuing operations net sales in Q2, and were up 24%. In Pharmaceuticals, Growth Products contributed 44% of division net sales in the quarter, and sales for these products were up 38%.
July 20, 2015
12:09 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says Nivolumab BMS approved in EU for SQ NSCLC
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12:08 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
08:28 EDTBMYExelixis off highs, but still up 34% after Bristol-Myers data
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08:25 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers says Phase III study evaluating Opdivo stopped early
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07:33 EDTBMYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:32 EDTNVS, LLYAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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