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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.
News For PFE;QCOR;MNK;VOCS;WWE From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
18:37 EDTPFEViiV, Desano enter strategic manufacturing agreement for Tivicay
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16:37 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance for review of NDA for Xeljanz
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09:31 EDTPFEXRpro Sciences acquires assets related to ion channel platform from Pfizer
XRpro Sciences announced its acquisition of assets related to the ion channel biology platform from Pfizer that had previously been obtained as part of Pfizer's 2011 acquisition of Icagen. XRPro Sciences also acquired all of Pfizer's rights to the "Icagen" name and trademark. XRPro Sciences is re-launching the Icagen brand and will provide comprehensive services for ion channel and transporter drug discovery, combining Icagen's industry-leading scientific expertise and extensive portfolio of assays and cell lines with XRpro Sciences' proprietary, label-free X-ray fluorescence technology. The new Icagen will continue to operate out of the existing facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina in addition to the current XRpro Sciences Inc. site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pfizer scientists associated with the ion channel biology platform will transition to the new Icagen, ensuring continuity of their extensive scientific expertise.
July 1, 2015
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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June 29, 2015
16:57 EDTMNKHikma, Mallinckrodt among bidders for Roxane Labs, Bloomberg says
Hikma (HKMPY) and Mallinckrodt (MNK) are bidding for Boehringer's Roxane Labs business, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Roxane Labs could end up being purchased for over $2.2B, Bloomberg adds. Reference Link
15:01 EDTMNKMallinckrodt, Perrigo among bidders for Roxane Labs, Bloomberg reports
Mallinckrodt (MNK), Perrigo (PRGO) and Hikma are among the potential bidders for Boehringer Ingelheim's Roxane Labs generic business, said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
June 24, 2015
13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTPFECAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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11:12 EDTMNKMallinckrodt management to meet with Guggenheim
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09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
07:25 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.

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