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June 24, 2014
06:21 EDTAGN, SHPG, ABBV, VRX, GSShire hires Goldman as it confronts takeover offer, NY Times reports
Shire (SHPG) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) as an adviser as it looks to fend off a takeover offer, the New York Times reports, citing sources. Shire recently rejected a $46B bid from AbbVie (ABBV), and Allergan (AGN), which is fending off takeover offers from Valeant (VRX), has been rumored as a potential bidder for Shire. Reference Link
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March 23, 2015
09:03 EDTAGN, ABBVLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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07:51 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $240 from $185 at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its price target on Valeant to $240 from $185 to reflect the addition of durable assets and the improved growth trajectory its recent deals brings to its U.S. business. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating on Valeant shares.
07:36 EDTSHPGPfizer should rise 'significantly' over next two years, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford told investors this morning that he expects shares of Pfizer (PFE) to appreciate "significantly" over the next two years. A survey of U.S. oncologists indicated the company's Ibrance drug will be used in 50% of first line hormonal therapy within one year, with off-label use in all lines of therapy including adjuvant, Holford noted. He thinks peak sales of the drug could top $13B, which is well above consensus. In addition, the analyst views Pfizer's Global Established Pharmaceutical business as being underappreciated by the market. Potential value creating options for the pharmaceutical giant include spinning off its GEP unit by 2017 and accretive acquisitions, with possible takeover targets being Shire (SHPG), Actavis (ACT), AstraZeneca (AZN) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in the eyes of Holford. He added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. He also raised his price target for Pfizer to $45 from $42. The stock closed Friday up 10c to $34.25.
07:17 EDTABBV, VRXAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTVRXStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
10:00 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTSHPGBernstein global specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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08:12 EDTSHPGShire upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Shire as the firm thinks that the stock's risk/reward ratio is positive following several new developments. Among these developments are the firm's belief that the company's orphan drug strategy looks increasingly strong, while the risks to the company's Vyvanse and mesalamines drugs look to have moderated and the company has several near-term, 2015 catalysts. Target $295.
07:41 EDTABBVAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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08:47 EDTABBVAbbVie and C2N sign worlwide license agreement for Alzheimer's Disease therapy
AbbVie has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with C2N Diagnostics, a privately held protein diagnostic and therapeutic discovery company, to develop and commercialize a portfolio of anti-tau antibodies for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders. Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:56 EDTABBVAbbVie plans $30M expansion at plant in Puerto Rico, AP reports
AbbVie is planning to expand one of its facilities in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, The Associated Press reports. The $30M expansion is slated for a plant that manufactures products related to immunology, virology and metabolic disorders. Reference Link
06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
08:03 EDTSHPGTherapeuticsMD names Angus Russell, J. Martin Carroll as directors
TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) announced the appointment of two biopharmaceutical senior executives, Angus C. Russell and J. Martin Carroll, as independent members of its board of directors, and that Randall S. Stanicky has stepped down from the board of directors. Angus C. Russell served as CEO of Shire PLC (SHPG) from June 2008 until April 2013. J. Martin Carroll served as president and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Corp. U.S. from 2003 until 2011.
07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:22 EDTSHPGShire looking for 'transformational' deal, Betaville blog says
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
05:45 EDTVRXSalix downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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