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April 10, 2014
04:55 EDTTHOR, THOR, THOR, THOR, HTWR, HTWR, HTWR, HTWR, GILD, GILD, GILD, GILD, DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA, BAYRY, BAYRY, BAYRY, BAYRY, ALIOF, ALIOF, ALIOF, ALIOF, SSH, SSH, SSH, SSH, UTHR, UTHR, UTHR, UTHRInternational Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation to hold annual meeting
34th Annual Meeting of ISHLT is being held in San Diego, California on April 10-13.
News For THOR;HTWR;GILD;DNA;BAYRY;ALIOF;SSH;UTHR From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
12:33 EDTHTWR, THORThoratec jumps after Bloomberg report of St. Jude buyout talks
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12:29 EDTTHORSt. Jude Medical in talks to acquire Thoratec, Bloomberg reports
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12:21 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:20 EDTTHOR, HTWRCatalyst behind Thoratec spike higher unclear
The catalyst behind the spike higher in shares of Thoratec (THOR) is unclear to traders and investors. The medical device maker focused on advanced heart failure patients rose as high $62.05 in early trading and its shares remain up 11%, or $5.48, to $54.29. Some vague takeover chatter surfaced, with St. Jude Medical (STJ) as the speculated buyer, but buyout rumors are often the "go-to" reason when stocks spike. Often the moves on rumors are less substantial than Thoratec's spike today. The company's close competitor HeartWare (HTWR) is not seeing any unusual trading thus far today, falling 36c to $78.81 in early trading.
10:14 EDTTHORHigh option volume stocks:
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10:12 EDTTHORThoratec calls active on sharp rally
Thoratec August 55 and 65 calls are active on 260 contracts (50 puts). August call option implied volatility is at 55, September is at 50; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 51. Active calls suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
09:58 EDTTHOR, HTWRThoratec jumps 14% to $55.82 in early trading
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July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBAYRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTBAYRYAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:33 EDTGILDInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTBAYRYZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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07:10 EDTHTWRHeartWare begins its MVAD System CE Mark international clinical trial
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05:21 EDTBAYRYBayer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 17, 2015
10:21 EDTGILDCigna says 98.4% of customers treated with hep C drug Harvoni are cured
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09:03 EDTGILDGilead granted orphan status for gastric cancer treatment
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July 16, 2015
09:22 EDTGILDBristol-Myers says EU approves Evotaz for treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults
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July 15, 2015
10:59 EDTHTWR, THORHeartWare drops after analyst cuts target to $60
Shares of HeartWare are moving lower after Northland analyst Suraj Kalia cut his price target for the name to $60 from $70. The company manufactures implantable heart pumps for patients suffering from advanced heart failure. Recent sheep data for the company's MVAD Pump with new impeller design show a "flowrate profile that seems to be on a downtrend over time," Kalia told investors this morning in a research note. The incomplete data raise more questions, the analyst contends. The MVAD Pump is a continuous axial flow pump, one-third the size of HeartWare's current heart pump, HVAD, according to the company. Kalia believes the MVAD will be more "problematic in patient management" than the HVAD over the long term. The analyst has an Underperform rating on HeartWare, Northland's sell rating equivalent. Shares of medical device company are down $2.22 to $71.22 in morning trading. Its peer Thoratec (THOR) is up 16c to $46.69.
08:57 EDTHTWR, THORLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:49 EDTHTWRHeartWare price target lowered to $60 from $70 at Northland
Northland lowered its price target for HeartWare to $60 saying the latest sheep study publication for the MVAD with new impeller design raises more questions. The firm believes that over the long term, MVAD will be more problematic in patient management than the HVAD. It keeps an Underperform rating on HeartWare.
07:58 EDTGILDAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
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