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June 18, 2014
10:17 EDTSHPG, AGN, VRX, BMY, ABBV, GILD, BIIB, AMGNShire rises after analyst predicts Allergan takeover
Shares of Irish drug maker Shire (SHPG) are climbing after an analyst at SunTrust predicted that Allergan (AGN) would soon look to buy the Irish company. WHAT'S NEW: A bid for Shire by Allergan is imminent, wrote SunTrust analyst John Boris in a note to investors earlier today. An acquisition of Shire would be more advantageous for Allergan shareholders than the proposed hostile takeover of the company by Valeant (VRX), Boris contended. An acquisition of Shire would boost Allergan's stock more than a Valeant deal, and would enable Allergan's shareholders to avoid the risk of holding Valeant's stock, the analyst stated. Following an acquisition of Shire by Allergan, the combined company would have sustainable, transparent revenue growth of about 10%, a diversified sales mix, high value research and development programs and a tax inversion, the analyst believes. Additionally, the transaction would boost Allergan's profit by 50% in its first year and would enable its profit growth to accelerate significantly, according to Boris. He kept a $200 price target and Buy rating on Shire shares. ALSO TODAY: Valeant announced that it has commenced an exchange offer for Allergan, taking its buyout proposal directly to stockholders. Under the terms of the offer, Allergan stockholders would be able to elect to exchange each of their Allergan shares for $72.00 in cash and 0.83 Valeant common shares, or an amount of cash, or a number of Valeant common shares, in each case subject to proration. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 16, Reuters reported that Shire had hired Citigroup (C) as an adviser to prepare for takeover bids. Bankers believe that Shire could be an attractive takeover target for Bristol Myers (BMY), Abbvie (ABBV), Gilead (GILD), Biogen (BIIB) or Amgen (AMGN), the news service reported. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Shire is up 4%, or $6.61, to $193.77 while Allergan is up 1%, or $1.27, to $161.80. Valeant is little changed at $118.90.
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August 18, 2014
07:57 EDTBMY, AGN, SHPGCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 15, 2014
18:35 EDTBIIBBiogen PLEGRIDY approved in U.S. for treatment of multiple sclerosis
Biogen Idec announced that the FDA has approved PLEGRIDY, a new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, or RMS. PLEGRIDY is dosed once every two weeks and can be administered subcutaneously with the PLEGRIDY PEN, a new, ready-to-use autoinjector, or a prefilled syringe. The FDA approval of PLEGRIDY is based on results from one of the largest pivotal studies of beta interferon conducted, ADVANCE, which involved more than 1,500 MS patients.
17:03 EDTVRX, AGNValeant extends offer to acquire Allergan
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced that it has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Allergan (AGN) to December 31. The exchange offer was previously scheduled to expire August 15. All other terms and conditions of the exchange offer remain unchanged.
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
14:14 EDTVRX, AGNValeant being probed by IRS after Biovail deal, FT says
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10:01 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:45 EDTAGN, VRXEvent-driven funds, Pershing own over 20% of Allergan, CNBC reports
Event-driven hedge funds and Pershing Square owned over 20% of Allergan as of June 30, CNBC's David Faber reports. Valeant (VRX) and Pershing are seen as getting the over 30% to call a special meeting, Faber adds.
07:01 EDTBIIBIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $2M from advancement of ISIS-SMN from Biogen
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) announced that it has earned a $2M milestone payment from Biogen (BIIB) related to the advancement of the ongoing open-label extension study of ISIS-SMNRx in children with spinal muscular atrophy.
06:54 EDTAMGNAmgen shares should 'grind higher' this year, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Amgen shares to "grind higher" this year driven by a greater appreciation of pipeline programs, the Analyst Day on October 28, an expected filing of the PCSK-9 program soon, and positive Ph iiB anti-CGRP migraine data expected year-end. Shares are Outperform rated.
06:18 EDTGILDGilead initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:12 EDTGILDGilead announced favorable ruling in arbitration against Roche
Gilead (GILD) announced that an arbitration panel determined that Roche (RHHBY) failed to establish any of their claims and ruled in favor of Gilead. As a result, Roche is not entitled to any damages or other relief. In March 2013, Roche initiated an arbitration against Gilead and Pharmasset, predecessor to Gilead Pharmasset, regarding a 2004 collaboration agreement between Roche and Pharmasset. In the arbitration demand, Roche asserted that it had an exclusive license to sofosbuvir pursuant to the collaboration agreement because sofosbuvir, a prodrug of a uridine monophosphate analog, is allegedly a prodrug of PSI-6130, a cytidine analog. Roche further claimed that, because it had exclusive rights to sofosbuvir, it also had an exclusive license to a patent covering sofosbuvir, and that we infringed that patent by selling and offering for sale products containing sofosbuvir.
August 14, 2014
17:41 EDTVRXPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:16 EDTAGN, SHPGPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:02 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:28 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says Pershing, Valeant took no tender steps before buying Allergan shares
Bill Ackman made the statement to CNBC's Scott Wapner regarding his fund and Valeant's (VRX) pursuit of Allergan (AGN). Note that the Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the SEC is investigating Valeant and Pershing's pursuit of Allergan.
13:48 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, WSJ says
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13:22 EDTVRX, AGNValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, DJ says
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12:01 EDTAMGNThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
11:52 EDTAMGNThird Point discloses new stakes in Finisar, Amgen, Ally Financial
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