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January 3, 2013
07:26 EDTABBV, WPI, OCR, SIAL, REGN, MRK, BDXGoldman to host a conference
Healthcare CEOs Unscripted Conference is being held in New York on January 3.
News For REGN;WPI;BDX;SIAL;ABBV;MRK;OCR From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
06:34 EDTMRK, REGNObama to propose $215M for major medical program, CNBC says
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January 29, 2015
15:37 EDTABBVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:46 EDTABBVAbbVie technical comments ahead of earnings, levels to watch
The shares have been trending down since hitting the 52-week high of $70.76 back in early December of last year. At the current price of $63.01, the first important support level to watch on negative news or outlook would be at the 200-day moving average, last at $58.04. A test and a bounce there would be bullish, while a breakdown would be bearish for the longer-term uptrend. Levels to watch below the 200-day are at $56.51, and then at $55.80. If the news is a positive surprise, the first resistance level of note as a potential upside objective is at the $65 area. A breakout above $65 would turn the trend to bullish, with next resistance levels at $67.16, $68.29, and the 52-week high at $70.76.
13:38 EDTABBVEarnings Preview: AbbVie reports Q4 results after FDA Viekira Pak approved
AbbVie (ABBV) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Friday, January 30 with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 86c on revenue of $5.36B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 82c-90c on revenue of $5.17B-$5.59B. LAST QUARTER: AbbVie reported third quarter EPS of 89c, considerably higher than consensus estimates of 77c, on revenue of $5.02B against estimates of $4.82B. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $3.25-$3.27 from $3.06-$3.16 against consensus estimates of $3.16. On its Q3 earnings conference call the company said it is "well on track" to exceed original Humira sales forecast for FY14. CEO Richard Gonzalez commented on the quarter, "Our Q3 results reflect the strong performance of our business with double-digit growth from Humira and several other key brands. Our underlying business grew nearly 14% in the quarter excluding lipids, We exceeded our outlook for the quarter and have significantly raised our original 2014 guidance. In Q4, we look forward to the U.S. approval of our interferon-free HCV combination, which will further accelerate sales and earnings growth in 2015 and beyond." STREET RESEARCH: On January 9, BofA/Merrill downgraded AbbVie to Neutral based on valuation with a price target of $70. On January 6, UBS raised its price target on AbbVie shares to $76 from $72, citing increased market share assumptions for the company's Viekira Pak Hep C regimen and a more favorable view of the regimen's approval chances in the EU. The firm maintained its Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: AbbVie shares are up around 3% since the company's last earnings report on October 31 and are up around 1.5% to $62.83 in midday trading ahead of Friday's earnings release.
09:07 EDTREGN, MRKHead researchers of Vertex, Regeneron, Merck invited to White House, CNBC says
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07:09 EDTSIALSigma-Aldrich and Czech Center for Phenogenomics establish collaboration
Sigma-Aldrich has entered into a new gene editing collaboration with the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Czech Center for Phenogenomics in Prague. Under the collaboration, Sigma-Aldrich will provide the Transgenic Module at IMG/CCP with Sigma CRISPR technology, including reagents, experimental design consultation and dedicated gene editing bioinformaticians.
January 26, 2015
08:31 EDTMRKMerck says CHMP issues positive opinion for Sivextro
Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of the investigational antibiotic SIVEXTRO for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in adults. Merck acquired SIVEXTRO as a part of its purchase, through a subsidiary, of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The CHMP positive opinion will be reviewed by the European Commission. If the European Commission affirms the CHMP opinion, it will grant a centralized marketing authorization with unified labeling that is valid in the 28 countries that are members of the European Union, as well as European Economic Area members, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. SIVEXTRO is a once-daily oxazolidinone antibiotic developed for both intravenous and oral administration for the treatment of serious infections caused by certain Gram-positive bacteria.
05:14 EDTREGNRegeneron, Sanofi announce BLA for Praluent accepted for priority review by FDA
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review the Biologics License Application, or BLA, for Praluent, alirocumab. Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, the goal for a priority review is six months, for a target action date of July 24. Alirocumab is an investigational monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9 that is intended for the treatment of patients with hypercholesterolemia. The BLA for Praluent contains data from more than 5,000 patients, including 10 Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials. Together with additional ongoing studies including ODYSSEY OUTCOMES, the ODYSSEY clinical trial program will include more than 23,500 patients at more than 2,000 study centers in double-blind, randomized, placebo-and active-controlled trials ranging from 24 weeks to approximately 5 years. Earlier this month, the companies announced that the European Medicines Agency accepted for review the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union. The EMA and FDA have conditionally accepted Praluent as the trade name for alirocumab. The safety and efficacy of alirocumab have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.
January 23, 2015
07:39 EDTREGNRegeneron announces EYLEA Injection recommended for approval in EU
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06:39 EDTMRKNIH, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck launch joint Ebola vaccine test in Liberia, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
07:10 EDTSIALSigma-Aldrich and Belgium's VIB partner for research tool development
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January 21, 2015
16:48 EDTBDXCareFusion stockholders approve proposed merger with Becton, Dickinson
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) and CareFusion (CFN) announced the results of the CareFusion special meeting of stockholders, held on January 21, for CareFusion stockholders to consider and vote upon the proposed merger of CareFusion and BD. CareFusion stockholders approved the definitive merger agreement and the merger transaction, with approximately 76% of shares outstanding cast in favor of the proposal. As previously announced on October 5, 2014, BD and CareFusion entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which BD would acquire CareFusion in a stock and cash transaction. CareFusion stockholder approval was a condition to the merger. The proposed acquisition remains subject to certain other conditions and approvals, including approval of the proposed acquisition by the European Commission under the European Union Merger Regulation.
10:16 EDTREGN, MRKLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
10:01 EDTBDXOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR†Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:23 EDTBDXRetractable Tech says judge issues final judgment in suit against Becton Dickinson
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08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merckís wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubistís stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
08:00 EDTBDXBecton Dickinson upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
As previously reported, Cowen upgraded Becton Dickinson (BDX) to Outperform from Market Perform as they believe synergy targets for its Carefusion (CFN) acquisition are too low. Cowen raised its price target to $165 form $130 on Becton Dickinson shares.
06:55 EDTBDXBecton Dickinson upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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