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March 7, 2014
14:18 EDTREGN, SNY, AMGN, PFE, NVS, RHHBYConcerns with PCSK9 class not seen with Regeneron drug, says Citigroup
Citigroup said its talks with Regeneron (REGN) indicate that the issues the FDA has noted with PCSK9 drugs have not arisen in the ongoing Phase 3 studies of Regeneron and Sanofi's (SNY) Alirocumab. Citi suspects the events described in filings by Regeneron and Sanofi might have been seen with PCSK9 inhibitors being developed by Amgen (AMGN), Pfizer (PFE), Novartis (NVS) or Roche (RHHBY). Citi also notes that neurocognitive side effects are known to be caused by statins and it is unclear whether the effects were seen with PCSK9 inhibitors when used alone or when combined with statins.
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September 23, 2014
14:12 EDTPFEPfizer weighing options including AstraZeneca bid, Bloomberg says
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14:12 EDTPFEPfizer approached Actavis about takeover, Bloomberg reports
13:44 EDTPFEISI Group to hold a webinar
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12:11 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, amid new rules from the Obama administration on tax inversions and manufacturing data from around the globe. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for a rise of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for September rose to 14, beating expectations for it to have dropped two points to 10. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady at the 52.5 seen in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies, including a number in the pharmaceutical industry, are lower in early trading after the Treasury Department announced new regulations yesterday night that aim to make it tougher for U.S. companies to lower their tax burdens via mergers with foreign companies, otherwise known as "inversions." Among the stocks that moved lower after the new rules were announced was Astrazeneca (AZN), which had previously been a target of Pfizer (PFE) and fell about 4% near midday. Also lower were shares of both Shire (SHPG), which fell 2%, and Abbvie (ABBV), which dropped 1.6%, as the two have previously agreed to merge in a tax inversion deal. Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV), which similarly agreed to an inversion merger, were down 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which rose more than 5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) is in advanced talks on a deal to buy the company. Shares of Allergan were also up nearly 3% near midday, as the Journal also reported that Allergan rejected a recent buyout offer from Actavis (ACT). Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 16% after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own earnings report was auto retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell over 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.91, or 0.19%, to 17,139.77, the Nasdaq was up 2.90, or 0.06%, to 4,530.59, and the S&P 500 was down 2.29, or 0.11%, to 1,992.00.
10:54 EDTPFEStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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09:00 EDTSNYBofa/Merill special situations team to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:40 EDTPFEPiper says don't dismiss potential Pfizer bid for Actavis
Piper Jaffray says it would not be dismissive of Pfizer (PFE) as a potential acquirer of Actavis (ACT). Piper believes Pfizer's public M&A comments are supportive of Actavis' exposure to complex generics and emerging markets. The firm views Actavis shares as attractively valued, irrespective of the acquisition chatter. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $280 price target.
September 22, 2014
19:23 EDTRHHBYRoche management to meet with JPMorgan
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16:07 EDTNVSAnacor announces commercial launch of KERYDIN topical solution in U.S.
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13:53 EDTRHHBYRoche launches $5.75B bond to back InterMune acquisition, Reuters reports
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09:02 EDTAMGNAmgen submits BLA to the FDA for immunotherapy blinatumomab
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07:21 EDTSNYEBD Group to hold a conference
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05:17 EDTREGNRegeneron announces EYLEA injection approved for myopic CNV treatment in Japan
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September 20, 2014
15:43 EDTRHHBYInterMune reports MOU in connection with consolidated Delaware action
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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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10:07 EDTPFEHigh option volume stocks
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September 17, 2014
11:00 EDTRHHBYRoche CEO rules out megadeals, focused on bolt-on acquisitions, WSJ says
Roche CEO Severin Schwan said the company won't change its acquisition strategy following the recent deals made or abandoned in the pharmaceutical sector, reports the Wall Street Journal. In an interview with WSJ, Shwan said, "We have been very consistent in our approach to M&A." Regarding transformational deal-making, he said, "We have no intention to do that, whatever happens in the industry." Reference Link
08:03 EDTAMGNAmgen price target raised to $151 from $143 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Amgen's price target to $151 based on increased brodalumab and AMG 416 expectations. Shares are Overweight rated.
07:43 EDTRHHBY, PFEBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:18 EDTSNYSanofi, MyoKardia announce collaboration
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