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April 2, 2014
11:55 EDTQURE, BAX, PFE, SGMO, BMRN, NVO, BIIBUniqure rises after Baxter acquires Chatham Therapeutics
U.S.-listed shares of Netherlands-based pharmaceutical company Uniqure (QURE) are rising after Baxter International (BAX) acquired Chatham Therapeutics, which is developing gene therapy treatments intended for patients with hemophilia. WHAT'S NEW: Baxter agreed to acquire all of Chathamís outstanding membership interests and as a result will acquire Chathamís developmental gene therapy programs directed toward the development and commercialization of treatments for hemophilia. Under the terms of the agreement, Baxter will make an initial payment of $70M to acquire all of the outstanding membership interests of Chatham and may make additional payments in the future. Baxter will continue the ongoing Phase I/II open-label clinical trial to assess the safety and optimal dosing schedule of hemophilia treatment BAX 335. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Piper Jaffray said the Baxter acquisition has a positive read-through for Uniqure. The deal validates other hemophilia gene therapy programs in development, most notably Uniqure's, according to the firm. Analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote that there are other gene therapy programs for hemophilia in development beside Uniqure's and Baxter's, but he believes Uniqure has an advantage since it will be important to be among the first to market. The analyst also said that the market is large enough to accommodate more than one gene therapy option. Piper reiterated its Overweight rating and $35 price target on Uniqure. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies noted by Piper as currently offering hemophilia treatments or working on hemophilia therapies include Pfizer (PFE), Novo Nordisk (NVO), Biogen (BIIB), Sangamo (SGMO) and BioMarin (BMRN). PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of Uniqure rose 77c or 4.92% to $16.43, while Baxter slid 33c, or 0.45%, to $73.34.
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July 22, 2014
14:30 EDTBIIBBiogen technical remarks ahead of earnings
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July 21, 2014
07:37 EDTBIIBBiogen July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Biogen July weekly call option implied volatility is at 55, August is at 34, October is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 on July 23.
July 17, 2014
09:15 EDTBAXBaxter says 'feels good' about guidance
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08:56 EDTBAXBaxter: Guidance contemplates possible headwinds related to cyclo competition
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08:08 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce enrollment in Phase IV EMANATE trial for Eliquis
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07:05 EDTBAXBaxter sees Q3 EPS before special items $1.28-$1.32, consensus $1.32
The company said, "For Q3, the company expects sales growth of approximately 12%-13%, excluding the impact of foreign currency. TheQ3 earnings guidance excludes approximately 7c per diluted share of projected intangible asset amortization expense."
07:04 EDTBAXBaxter narrows FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.10-$5.20, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTBAXBaxter reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.26, consensus $1.22
Reports Q2 revenue $4.26B, consensus $4.12B.
07:01 EDTBAXBaxter confirms FY14 outlook
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July 16, 2014
15:27 EDTBAXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:36 EDTPFETreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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09:27 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire InnoPharma for upfront cash payment of $225M
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07:59 EDTPFETreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:04 EDTPFEPfizer says primary endpoint met in Phase 3 study of BeneFIX
Pfizer announced the positive results of a Phase 3 study comparing a prophylaxis regimen of BeneFIX Coagulation Factor IX 100 IU/kg once-weekly to on-demand treatment in people with moderately severe to severe hemophilia B. The top-line results of the study showed that the primary study endpoint was met and hemophilia B patients taking once-weekly BeneFIX showed a statistically significant reduction in the annualized bleeding rate relative to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In the study, the median ABR value, a commonly used measure of efficacy for prophylaxis regimens in hemophilia, was 2.0 for the prophylaxis regimen, compared to 33.6 for the on-demand regimen, representing a 94% decrease in bleeding rates. The mean ABR value was 3.6 for the prophylaxis period, compared to 32.9 for the on-demand treatment, which represents a reduction of 89%. Study results also showed that prophylaxis treatment significantly reduced both spontaneous and traumatic ABR compared to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In addition to meeting the primary endpoint, the secondary study endpoints showed that none of the 1,254 prophylaxis infusions administered during the study were associated with a less than expected therapeutic effect occurrence, which was defined as a spontaneous bleed occurring within 48 hours of a prophylaxis infusion. These results are preliminary, top-line data and are subject to additional analyses. Complete results from this study will be submitted for presentation at upcoming medical congresses and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
July 15, 2014
10:56 EDTBMRNFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
July 14, 2014
07:20 EDTNVOControlled Released Society to hold annual meeting
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July 10, 2014
08:17 EDTBAXBaxter volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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July 9, 2014
09:02 EDTBAXBaxter acquires AesRx, specific terms not disclosed
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07:23 EDTBIIBBiogen price target raised to $375 from $325 at RBC Capital
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06:49 EDTPFEPfizer given dismissal of U.S. investor class action before trial, Reuters says
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