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July 28, 2014
13:12 EDTPFEEarnings Preview: Pfizer looks for earnings boost from Lyrica, Xalkori
Pfizer (PFE) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 29, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Pfizer, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. Its product portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as various consumer healthcare products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 57c on revenue of $12.47B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 54c-59c on revenue of $12.18B-$12.69B. LAST QUARTER: Pfizer reported first quarter EPS of 57c, which beat consensus estimates of 55c, on revenue of $11.4B, which was lower than consensus estimates of $12.09B. Pfizer reported that Q1 revenues decreased $1.1B, or 9%. The operational decrease was primarily due to the expiration of the co-promotion term of the collaboration agreement for Enbrel in the U.S. and Canada, the ongoing expiration of the Spiriva collaboration in certain countries, the continued the continued erosion of branded Lipitor in the U.S. and most other developed markets due to generic competition, as well as the loss of exclusivity and subsequent multi-source generic competition for Detrol LA in the U.S. and other product losses of exclusivity in certain markets. Revenues were favorably impacted primarily by the strong operational growth of Lyrica, Xalkori and Inlyta globally, Enbrel outside of the U.S. and Canada, recently launched products, Eliquis and Xeljanz, primarily in the U.S. STREET RESEARCH: On July 28, BMO Capital downgraded Pfizer to Market Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited what it sees as the weakening of the company's mature franchises and significant loss of exclusivity headwinds in 2015. The firm lowered its target on Pfizer shares to $31 from $34. PRICE ACTION: Since its last earnings report on May 5, shares of the drug maker are relatively flat. Pfizer shares are trading down fractionally to just below $30 today ahead of earnings.
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October 7, 2015
07:36 EDTPFEInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck KGaA say avelumab gets FDA fast track designation
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October 6, 2015
16:12 EDTPFETRACON Pharmaceuticals appoints Ronald Shazer as Chief Medical Officer
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13:32 EDTPFEBiotechs plummet with TPP seen as industry negative
Biotechs are falling intraday after reports that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has language that the exclusivity period for bioligics, or drugs derived from a biological sources, would be eight years, less than the twelve years it is currently in the United States. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the U.S., biologics are protected from competition by follow-on products for twelve years from the time they are first granted marketing approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a protection that is distinct from patent protection. Recent reports on the TPP suggest that the protection will last five years with an additional safety monitoring period of up to three years before a biosimilar can be registered, which would effectively be an eight year exclusivity period. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer, however, said the development is a "step forward," especially since it does not overrule the 12 years' exclusivity for the drugs in the U.S. While the sector asked for twelve years' exclusivity to match the U.S., eight years is a "reasonable compromise," the analyst argued. His top picks were Alexion (ALXN), Celgene (CELG), and Amgen (AMGN) in the large-cap space, GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) and bluebird bio (BLUE) among mid-caps, and Flex Pharma (FLKS), Lion Biotechnologies (LBIO), Otonomy (OTIC), and Ignyta (RXDX) in the small-cap sector. Further, Schimmer stated that more names look "increasingly compelling" amid the selloff. NOTABLE DECLINERS: Alexion is lower by 2.53%, Celgene is down 4.32%, Amgen is declining 1.91%, Biogen (BIIB) is down 3.4%, and Gilead Sciences (GILD) is falling 2.22%. STOCKS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the pharmaceutical space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY).
07:23 EDTPFEAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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October 5, 2015
10:19 EDTPFESpark trial success a positive for gene therapy sector, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said he views the news that Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) "highly anticipated" SPK-RPE65 Phase 3 gene therapy study for congenital blindness met its primary endpoint as a positive for the ophthalmology gene therapy field as well as the broader gene therapy sector. Schimmer added that Applied Genetic Technologies' (AGTC) early clinical data in the second half of this year will be a further test of the ophthalmology gene therapy platform. The analyst noted that other companies with gene therapy programs include Avalanche (AAVL), Biogen (BIIB), bluebird bio (BLUE), BioMarin (BMRN), Cellectis (CLLS), Medgenics (MDGN), uniQure (QURE), Pfizer (PFE), Regeneron (REGN) and Sangamo (SGMO).
October 2, 2015
10:00 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alexion (ALXN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... EnPro (NPO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... FutureFuel (FF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Martin Marietta (MLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... PMC-Sierra (PMCS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Pfizer (PFE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Realogy (RLGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Summit Materials (SUM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... TreeHouse (THS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:16 EDTPFEPfizer upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Pfizer to Overweight and raised its price target to $38 from $35. Analyst David Risinger expects revenue growth to turn positive in 2016 after years of declines and said Pfizer has a strong balance sheet to take advantage of weakness in the pharma and biotech sectors. Risinger sees share upside with limited downside risk as fundamentals improve and management takes advantage of its strong financial position.
October 1, 2015
08:04 EDTPFEPfizer completes acquisition of Nimerix, Mencevax from GSK
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has completed the acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) quadrivalent meningococcal ACWY vaccines Nimenrix and Mencevax.
07:39 EDTPFEJPMorgan sees opportunities in pharma after pullback
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07:31 EDTPFELeerink to hold a roundtable
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September 30, 2015
09:59 EDTPFEActive equity options trading on open
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08:37 EDTPFEPfizer lowers FY15 reported EPS view to $1.29-$1.38 from $1.38-$1.47
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08:32 EDTPFEPfizer raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.04-$2.10 from $2.01-$2.07
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September 29, 2015
16:08 EDTPFELpath names Gary Atkinson as interim CEO
Lpath (LPTN) announced that Gary Atkinson has been appointed interim CEO of Lpath, effective immediately. Atkinson will continue to serve as Lpath's CFO. Atkinson joined Lpath as CFO in 2005, and has more than 20 years of experience with life science companies. Prior to Lpath, he served as the CFO for Quorex Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Pfizer (PFE).
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 29, 2015
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14:20 EDTPFEPfizer's Wyeth to perform about $194M of cleanup work at Superfund site in NJ
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September 28, 2015
15:01 EDTPFEPfizer volatility at high end of one-year range
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07:52 EDTPFEIIR Holdings to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTPFEFDA and the Parental Drug Association to co-host a conference
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