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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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July 17, 2014
07:00 EDTAGN, VRXPaulson says Allergan could be wroth $220 per share, WSJ reports
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05:53 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF ABBV
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 52, AbbVie (ABBV) 30 according to iVolatility.
July 16, 2014
17:46 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says he thinks Allergan-Valeant deal eventually gets done
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17:42 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square's Ackman says Allergan's attack on Valeant unprecedented
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11:57 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD YHOO
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10:36 EDTVRX, AGNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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10:35 EDTSHPGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:31 EDTAGNPershing Square Capital Management holds analyst/industry conference call
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09:16 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square sends letter to Allergan's board of directors
Pershing Square Capital Management announced it has sent a letter to Allergan's Board of Directors. Pershing Square last Friday filed definitive solicitation materials with the U.S. SEC to seek shareholder support for a special meeting of Allergan shareholders and is now actively soliciting shareholder support to call the meeting. At this special meeting, Allergan shareholders will be able to voice their opinions on a number of critical matters, including the proposed removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the proposed appointment of an independent slate of directors and certain other proposed provisions to improve Allerganís corporate governance.
08:16 EDTVRX, AGNLew's letter could bring 'chilly' tax inversion environment, says BMO Capital
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07:59 EDTSHPG, ABBV, AGN, VRXTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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06:26 EDTBMYBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
05:53 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 21, Shire (SHPG) 31 according to iVolatility.
05:47 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility movement; SHPG XLP
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July 15, 2014
11:13 EDTBMY, AGNPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:56 EDTAMGNFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:37 EDTSHPGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:33 EDTAMGNFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
07:35 EDTBMYPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
06:04 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBBY SHPG
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