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April 7, 2014
12:15 EDTVOCS, PFE, MNK, WWE, QCOROn 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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March 27, 2015
07:57 EDTMNKMallinckrodt announces positive outcomes with H.P. Acthar gel in proteinuria
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07:25 EDTPFETeva appears to be weighing transformative deal, says Bernstein
After attending Teva's (TEVA) meeting with investors, Bernstein thinks that the company is considering making a 'transformative' acquisition, although it believes that such a deal may not be imminent. The firm sees Mylan ((MYL) and the generic units of Actavis (ACT), Pfizer (PFE), and possibly Valeant (VRX) as the four logical candidates. It says that Teva can pay $81 per share for Mylan, and that a takeover of Mylan would raise Teva's EPS to about $6.50 in 2017 and $7 in 2018. Bernstein raised its price target on Teva to $69 from $60 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
March 26, 2015
07:30 EDTMNK, PFEDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Pharma One-on-One Day is being held in Denver, Colorado on March 26.
March 25, 2015
09:02 EDTWWEWWE announces joint venture with Tapout brand
WWE and Authentic Brands Group announced a joint venture for Tapout. Tapout is now the official fitness and training partner of WWE, and will be integrated across WWE’s global platforms including TV programming, WWE Network, pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, digital, and social media. As part of this strategic partnership, WWE will create new content featuring its superstars and divas in Tapout apparel and market the brand across all platforms. Tapout branding will also be featured at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and all performers, trainers, and staff will be outfitted in Tapout workout apparel.
06:27 EDTWWEWWE to host conference call
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March 24, 2015
13:59 EDTWWEMacquarie sees risk of being long WWE ahead of WrestleMania numbers
Macquarie sees risk to being long WWE (WWE) ahead of WrestleMania subscriber data expected on the March 30 conference call. The firm expects WWE Network to announce 1.5M subs post-Mania but expects that number to drop dramatically, and history suggests the loss of 700,000 subscribers in the next two months. Macquarie said no matter how favorable the numbers are, traders will focus on attrition post-Mania, which may result in a "sell the news" scenario. Shares are Neutral rated with a $14 price target.
07:45 EDTPFEFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee holds a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews, as mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) for Eli Lilly's Cymbalta, Pfizer's Quillivant XR and Revatio, Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal, GlaxoSmithKline's Advair, HFA Altabax Ointment and Fluarix Quadrivalent, Supernus Pharmaceuticals' Oxtellar XR, Teva Pharmaceutical's Qnasl and Roche's Invirase. The Committee will also discuss the safety ongoing propriety of the humanitarian device exemption for the Medtronic Activa Dystonia Therapy and for the Liposorber LA-15 System in a meeting being held in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
March 23, 2015
13:23 EDTMNKLeerink pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals/Generics Analyst Gerberry, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of INOmax's current patent portfolio, the likelihood Praxair's recently filed inter-partes review challenge succeeds on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 26 at 2 pm.
11:09 EDTPFEPfizer hits best level in over decade after Jefferies adds to list of best ideas
The shares of Pfizer (PFE) are rising after an analyst wrote that the company's shares are poised to rise significantly over the next one to two years. Additionally, the company announced that it would resume developing its painkiller, tanezumab, in partnership with Eli Lilly (LLY). ANALYST OUTLOOK: Pfizer's breast cancer drug for postmenopausal women, Ibrance, has had one of the best launches of any oncology drug ever, Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holdford wrote in a note to investors today. A survey of U.S. oncologists conducted by the firm shows that the doctors expect the drug to be used on about 50% of patients needing first line hormonal therapy within one year, while the drug will be used as an off-label treatment in all lines of therapy, the analyst wrote. The drug will generate revenue of $5.5B in 2020, versus the consensus outlook of $3.3B, Holford estimated. Meanwhile, the drug maker's Global Established Pharmaceutical, or GEP, business' revenue and profits should top consensus estimates by14% by 2018, according to the analyst. Pfizer could generate value through accretive M&A activity and by separating the GEP unit by 2017, Holdford stated. He raised his price target on the name to $45 from $42, kept a buy rating on the shares, and added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pfizer announced that, in partnership with Eli Lilly, it would resume its Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. The announcement was made after the FDA removed a partial clinical hold on the drug, Pfizer noted. As a result of its decision, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M payment, in accordance with the companies' agreement, Pfizer stated. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Pfizer climbed 2.4% to $35.08. The stock has not traded at a price per share this high since 2004.
11:01 EDTPFEPfizer rallies to fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Shares are up over 2.8% at time of writing to $35.14, just below the new 52-week high at $35.26 which is now initial resistance. Next resistance above is at $35.89 and then at $36.63. Support is at $34.89.
09:37 EDTPFEActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
08:06 EDTPFEPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
Pfizer (PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced that they are preparing to resume the Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. As a result, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M upfront payment from Lilly in accordance with their collaboration agreement. This announcement follows a decision by the U.S. FDA to lift the partial clinical hold on the tanezumab development program after a review of a robust body of nonclinical data characterizing the sympathetic nervous system response to tanezumab. The data were submitted to the FDA in February. In the prior clinical studies of more than 11,000 patients, tanezumab demonstrated clinically meaningful efficacy vs. placebo and other select commonly used pain medicines. A partial clinical hold has been in place for tanezumab and all other anti-nerve growth factor antibodies since December 2012 due to adverse changes in the sympathetic nervous system of mature animals. Studies in terminal cancer pain were allowed to proceed.
08:05 EDTPFEPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
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07:36 EDTPFEPfizer should rise 'significantly' over next two years, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford told investors this morning that he expects shares of Pfizer (PFE) to appreciate "significantly" over the next two years. A survey of U.S. oncologists indicated the company's Ibrance drug will be used in 50% of first line hormonal therapy within one year, with off-label use in all lines of therapy including adjuvant, Holford noted. He thinks peak sales of the drug could top $13B, which is well above consensus. In addition, the analyst views Pfizer's Global Established Pharmaceutical business as being underappreciated by the market. Potential value creating options for the pharmaceutical giant include spinning off its GEP unit by 2017 and accretive acquisitions, with possible takeover targets being Shire (SHPG), Actavis (ACT), AstraZeneca (AZN) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in the eyes of Holford. He added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. He also raised his price target for Pfizer to $45 from $42. The stock closed Friday up 10c to $34.25.
March 20, 2015
13:03 EDTPFEPfizer says oral tofacitinib meets primary endpoint in Phase 3 trials
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07:55 EDTPFEAstraZeneca seen as potential target again if oncology drugs lag, Bloomberg says
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07:41 EDTPFEAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
11:00 EDTPFEPfizer participates in a conference call with Bernstein
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March 18, 2015
17:09 EDTPFEPfizer CAPiTA published in New England Journal of Medicine
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March 16, 2015
06:40 EDTPFEPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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