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June 18, 2014
10:17 EDTBIIB, BMY, SHPG, GILD, VRX, AMGN, ABBV, AGNShire 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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March 16, 2015
15:04 EDTABBVPharmacyclics says committee recommends unblinding after primary endpoint met
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12:43 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
12:18 EDTVRXProgenics Relistor SI royalty loss transient, says Brean Capital
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10:58 EDTVRXValeant price hike likely ends Salix saga, says UBS
UBS believes the race for Salix (SLXP) is likely over now that Valeant (VRX) has increased its offer price, as expected. The firm said it will still like both Valeant (VRX) and Endo (ENDP) if this is how things end, as it believes the deal is still a very good one for Valeant despite the higher price and it expects Endo to find another deal that should be accretive. UBS has Buy ratings on both Valeant and Endo Health.
10:22 EDTAGNEuropean Commission clears Actavis' pending acquisition of Allergan
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10:18 EDTVRXValeant should win Salix with increased offer, says Cantor
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09:22 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:52 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold a conference call
Conference call to provide an update from the 73rd Annual Meeting of AAD will be held on March 23 at 3 pm. Webcast Link
08:35 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold a conference call
Executive Vice President of R&D, Sean Harper, discusses Amgen's cardiovascular program, including the Repatha data currently being presented at the American College of Cardiology's Scientific Session & Expo, on a conference call to be held on March 16 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
08:23 EDTAMGNPCSK9 data continues to impress, says Leerink
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08:17 EDTVRXValeant rises 1% after sweetening Salix takeover offer
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08:06 EDTVRXValeant ses Salix deal closing on April 1
08:05 EDTVRXValeant raises offer price for Salix to $173 per share from $158
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08:04 EDTVRXValeant, Salix agree on amended terms to merger agreement
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07:50 EDTVRXValeant to raise offer for Salix to $173 per share, DJ reports
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06:57 EDTAMGNAmgen clinical data very positive, says RBC Capital
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06:40 EDTAMGNPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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March 15, 2015
13:11 EDTAMGNAmgen publishes safety analysis of Repatha in New England Journal of Medicine
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12:53 EDTAMGNAmgen announces new data from study of Repatha in combination with statins
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