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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 20, 2014
07:12 EDTMNK, PFECongress 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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October 17, 2014
16:41 EDTPFEPfizer confirms FDA labeling approval for EMBEDA capsules
Pfizer announced that the FDA has approved an updated label for EMBEDA extended-release capsules, for oral use to include abuse-deterrence studies. The updated label states that EMBEDA has properties that are expected to reduce abuse via the oral and intranasal routes when crushed. However, abuse of EMBEDA by these routes is still possible. The updated label also includes data from a human abuse potential study of intravenous, or IV, morphine and naltrexone to simulate crushed EMBEDA. However, it is unknown whether the results with simulated crushed EMBEDA predict a reduction in abuse by the IV route until additional postmarketing data are available. EMBEDA is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Pfizer expects EMBEDA will be available in the U.S. in early 2015.
16:30 EDTPFEFDA approves new labeling from Embeda extended-release capsules
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October 16, 2014
08:38 EDTPFEBaxter expects divestiture of vaccines business to Pfizer to close in Q4
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08:08 EDTPFEActavis confirms generic Quillivant XR patent challenge
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07:28 EDTPFEFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting on Chantix
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October 15, 2014
15:00 EDTPFEShire-Allergan, AbbVie-Pfizer deals possible if merger scrapped, Bloomberg says
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06:42 EDTMNKMallinckrodt valuation remains compelling, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes Mallinckrodt's outlook for FY15 is conservative and that the risk/reward on shares is compelling. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $109 from $105 following the company's investor day and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTPFEBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:13 EDTMNKMallinckrodt management to meet with UBS
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09:40 EDTMNKMallinckrodt aims to drive 'modest' growth in specialty controlled generics
Says aiming for profitability and revenue growth. Will continue to expand its pain management business. Looking to increase shareholder value, patient solutions and to drive top-line growth. Says aims to develop and acquire "durable, late stage complex products." Looking to invest in pipeline extensions of key portfolio assets. Aims to divest lower margin, slower growing business. Says sees future expansion in ophthalmology and dermatology. Looks to actively divest lower-growth businesses. Says durable assets, platforms positioned for sustained Specialty Pharmaceuticals growth. Says OFIRMEV is well positioned for growth in FY15 and beyond. Aims to up Acthar growth and initiate commercial efforts. Plans to enhance its science and technology investment. Comments made during the company's investor briefing.
07:34 EDTMNKMallinckrodt to host conference call
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07:02 EDTMNKMallinckrodt sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.70-$7.20, consensus $6.80
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06:03 EDTMNKMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
10:01 EDTWWEWWE names Lou Schwartz as Chief Digital Officer
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of Palbociclib NDA with priority review
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October 10, 2014
08:06 EDTPFEPfizer presents Staphylococcus aureus vaccine Phase 1, Phase 2 study data
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07:16 EDTMNKAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
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