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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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January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTAGN, VRXGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:16 EDTAMGN, BMYLeerink 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.
07:22 EDTAGNActavis price target raised to $330 from $280 at Deutsche Bank
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January 20, 2015
16:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers appoints Giovanni Caforio CEO
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a number of leadership changes approved by its board of directors and effective at the close of the annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May. Giovanni Caforio, M.D. will become CEO of the company. Lamberto Andreotti will become executive chairman of the board of directors on May 5 and will continue to serve as chairman after his retirement on August 3. James M. Cornelius, 71, has chosen not to stand for re-election as non-executive chairman and will retire from the board. Togo D. West, Jr., 72, will become the lead independent director on the company’s board.
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
14:06 EDTSHPGCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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08:10 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $247 from $228 at Jefferies
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTSHPGMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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14:54 EDTGILDGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTGILDAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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13:05 EDTGILDGilead granted orphan status for pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment
The FDA granted Gilead orphan status for its treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Reference Link
10:10 EDTABBVAbbVie announces FDA approval of DUOPA enteral suspension
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:04 EDTABBVEnanta says EU grants marketing authorizations for AbbVie's Viekirax
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05:05 EDTABBVAbbVie granted marketing authorization by EC for VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA
AbbVie announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorizations for its all-oral, short-course, interferon-free treatment of VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA. The treatment has been approved with or without ribavirin for patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection, including those with compensated liver cirrhosis, HIV-1 co-infection, patients on opioid substitution therapy and liver transplant recipients.1,2 Additionally, VIEKIRAX has been approved for use with RBV in genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C patients.
January 15, 2015
16:04 EDTAMGNAmgen announces new data from Phase 2 PEAK, Phase 3 PRIME studies
Amgen announced new data from the Phase 2 PEAK and Phase 3 PRIME studies that support the first-line use of Vectibix in combination with Folfox, an oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy regimen, in patients with wild-type RAS metastatic colorectal cancer. In an exploratory analysis from the PEAK study, treatment with Vectibix compared to Avastin resulted in a "significantly higher proportion" of patients with earlier tumor shrinkage at week eight, 64% vs. 45%, respectively, and among responding patients, a longer duration of response, 11.4 vs. 8.5 months, respectively, and greater depth of response . Overall response rates appeared to be similar between Vectibix and Avastin. This is consistent with observed overall survival and progression-free survival (PFS) rates, and with data previously reported, Amgen said. It added, "While the primary analysis from PEAK showed similar ORR between the Vectibix- and bevacizumab-based regimens, this exploratory analysis demonstrates that Vectibix produces early, sustained anti-tumor activity, which may in part explain the OS and PFS benefits seen with Vectibix versus bevacizumab in this trial."
11:20 EDTGILD, ABBVGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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07:59 EDTAMGNAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology to hold a symposium
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07:29 EDTBIIBOutlook for Biogen trials positive , says RBC Capital
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