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April 7, 2014
12:15 EDTPFE, QCOR, MNK, VOCS, WWEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, resuming the sell-off that began in earnest Friday. With little on the economic calendar to change the momentum and earnings season on the cusp of kicking off but not yet began, the averages declined further. The losses near noon come on top of the 1% slide in the Dow and S&P seen Friday, and the pull back of over 2.5% notched by the Nasdaq in the final day of last week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report on the growth in consumer credit in February is expected at 3:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer (PFE) slid over 3% after the company reported over the weekend that a trial on its palbociclib drug for breast cancer achieved its primary endpoint by significantly prolonging progression-free survival, but that an initial assessment of overall survival was not statistically significant. Research firm BMO Capital thinks the data was positive but could underwhelm investors. However, the firm agrees with Pfizer that a strong PFS benefit should enable the drug to be approved by the FDA and thinks that consensus estimates for the drug's long-term sales are conservative. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was cloud marketing software provider Vocus (VOCS), which surged 47% after agreeing to be acquired by an affiliate of private equity firm GTCR for $18 per share, or $446.5M. Also higher was short-seller target Questcor (QCOR), which jumped 12% after the company agreed to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) for about $5.6B, made up of $30.00 per share in cash and 0.897 Mallinckrodt shares for each Questcor share owned. Questcor has been a frequent target of the short-selling blog Citron Research, which claimed as recently as March 14 that Questcor was "deceiving" the FDA and investors. Mallinckrodt shares were down over 8% near midday after announcing the deal, which will result in Mallinckrodt shareholders owning approximately 50.5% and former Questcor shareholders owning about 49.5% of the new combined company's stock. Also lower was World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which fell 20% after announcing that WWE Network has 667,287 subscribers 42 days after launching in the U.S. and that that WrestleMania 30 grossed $10.9M. The stock was also mentioned cautiously in Barron's magazine's "The Trader" column over the weekend. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 130.88, or 0.8%, to 16,281.83, the Nasdaq was down 47.17, or 1.14%, to 4,080.55, and the S&P 500 was down 16.17, or 0.87%, to 1,848.92.
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October 27, 2014
08:15 EDTPFEPain Therapeutics to regain full rights to REMOXY
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08:08 EDTPFEDURECT reports Pfizer to discontinue agreement with Pain Therapeutics
DURECT (DRRX) reported today that Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has notified Pain Therapeutics (PTIE) that Pfizer has decided to discontinue its agreement to develop and commercialize REMOXY Extended-Release Capsules CII, an investigational extended-release oral formulation of oxycodone. Pfizer will return all rights, including responsibility for regulatory activities, to Pain Therapeutics. As a result, Pain Therapeutics has the rights to develop and commercialize REMOXY on its own or with an alternative licensee. Pain Therapeutics had the rights to develop and commercialize this product candidate under a license from DURECT.
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer to discontinue agreement on REMOXY ER capsules CII
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) has notified Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE) that it has decided to discontinue its agreement to develop and commercialize REMOXY Extended-Release Capsules CII, an investigational extended-release oral formulation of oxycodone. Pfizer will return all rights, including responsibility for regulatory activities, to Pain Therapeutics, Inc. Pfizer has concluded an internal review of the top-line results of five recently completed clinical studies required to address the Complete Response Letter received in June 2011 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pfizer and Pain Therapeutics, Inc. will work together for an orderly transition of REMOXY to Pain Therapeutics, Inc. Pfizer will continue ongoing activities under the agreement for the next six months until the scheduled termination date. Pfizer supports the appropriate use of opioid pain medications, and believes that abuse-deterrent products are important to help address the growing public health problem of opioid abuse in the U.S.
07:23 EDTMNKAmerican College of Surgeons holds a conference
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07:22 EDTPFEAmerican College of Chest Physicians to hold a conference
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October 24, 2014
06:49 EDTPFEPfizer repurchase could squash AstraZeneca bid goal, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTPFEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
18:18 EDTPFEGlenview Capital acquires stake in Actavis, Bloomberg reports
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16:17 EDTPFEPfizer announces new $11B share repurchase program
The board of directors also authorized a new $11B share repurchase program to be utilized over time. This new program is in addition to the $1.3B of authorization remaining under the company’s current share repurchase program.
10:01 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:15 EDTPFEPfizer wins SUTENT patent case In Delaware District Court
Pfizer (PFE) announced today that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware upheld its basic patent and the L-malate salt patent covering SUTENT capsules. This decision, which is subject to appeal, affirms Pfizer’s right to exclusively provide sunitinib malate as SUTENT to patients through the term of the patent, which expires in 2021. Pfizer filed suit in June 2010 after Mylan (MYL) applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a generic version of SUTENT prior to the expiration of the patents covering sunitinib malate and its uses. After a four-day trial, the Court agreed that Mylan infringed the valid patents covering SUTENT.
07:20 EDTMNKMallinckrodt initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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October 21, 2014
12:54 EDTWWENathaniel August says short WWE over lack of subscriber growth
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07:15 EDTPFEFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:06 EDTPFEFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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October 20, 2014
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:15 EDTPFEAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to hold annual meeting
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07:12 EDTPFE, MNKCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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07:11 EDTPFEAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
07:10 EDTPFEAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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