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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.
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January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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13:19 EDTGILDOptions with increasing call volume: EXP FLIR SYN INO PBR VMEM EPI GILD EA
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10:16 EDTGILDOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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09:44 EDTGILDGilead slips as another drug enters Hepatitis C virus space
Shares of Gilead (GILD), a leader in the hepatitis C virus treatment space, are sliding this morning after one competitor's hep C drug was granted FDA approval and another's sales disappointed. Additionally, Gilead reported its own news, announcing a shakeup of the roles held by its top executives. MERCK APPROVAL: Merck (MRK) announced last night that the FDA has approved Zepatier for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus, or HCV, genotype, or GT, 1 or GT4 infection. Merck has established a list price of $54,600 for a 12-week regimen of Zepatier, which the company said it believes to "be in the range of net prices for other commonly used HCV direct-acting antiviral regimens at 12 weeks of therapy." In contrast, a 12-week regimen of Gilead's Sovaldi is reported to be priced at $84,000. Merck added that it anticipates that this price, as well as its "strategy to seek broad coverage across commercial and public segments," will help broaden and accelerate patient access to treatment. ABBVIE RESULTS: Meanwhile, Gilead competitor AbbVie (ABBV) announced financial results for the fourth quarter this morning. AbbVie announced Q4 sales of Viekira Pak, its own hep C treatment, of $554M, including U.S. sales of $197M and international sales of $357M. Analysts expected AbbVie to report Q4 Viekira sales of $568.5M, according to a Bloomberg consensus estimate that factored in four forecasts. EXECUTIVE CHANGES: Additionally, Gilead announced this morning that current chairman and CEO John Martin will assume the role of executive chairman, effective March 10. John Milligan, currently president and COO, will be promoted to CEO and appointed to the company's board. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gilead shares slipped 3.5% to $84.50, while AbbVie fell 2.4% to $54.53 and Merck (MRK) gained 1% to $49.75.
09:35 EDTGILDGilead falls, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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09:21 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
08:14 EDTGILDPiper Jaffray holds an analyst/industry conference call to discuss Gilead
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08:01 EDTGILDGilead chairman, CEO John C. Martin to assume role of executive chairman
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January 28, 2016
13:34 EDTHTWRHeartWare upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
11:11 EDTHTWRHeartWare rallies after scrapping Valtech acquisition
The shares of HeartWare (HTWR) are surging after the company announced that would terminate its acquisition of privately held Valtech. Two research firms reacted positively to the news, with Leerink Swann saying that the company made the right decision, given its current difficulties and Raymond James upgrading HeartWare following the news. HeartWare develops and manufactures miniaturized implantable heart pumps, while Valtech has developed a method of replacing mitral valves in human hearts without the need for open heart surgery. WHAT'S NEW: HeartWare decided to terminate its acquisition of Valtech, the companies announced this morning. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, HeartWare will make a $30M loan to Valtech in the form of a convertible promissory note. ANALYST REACTION: HeartWare's decision to abandon its acquisition of Valtech was correct in light of the problems that the company is facing with its next generation MVAD pump, Leerink analyst Danielle Antalffy wrote in a note to investors today. Noting that two weeks ago HeartWare announced that it would investigate suction issues that the device has had, the analyst says that fixing the pump could require additional investment, while it's uncertain how long it will take to solve the device's problems. However, the analyst remained upbeat on Heartware's current LVAD products, and believes that it can compete with next generation systems. She kept a $60 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Raymond James upgraded HeartWare to Outperform from Market Perform, saying that the termination of the Valtech deal removes an overhang on the shares, while the stock's underperformance since September has made its valuation more attractive. Moreover, the stock does not appear to be giving any value to the problematic MVAD pump and the company has a 37% share of a $760M market that has only two main competitors and high barriers to entry, the firm wrote. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In early October 2015, activist investor Engaged Capital urged HeartWare to terminate the Valtech deal. Today HeartWare announced that it would, in conjunction with Engaged Capital, "jointly select" an independent party who will join Heartware's board. ANOTHER TO WATCH: HeartWare's chief rival, Thoratec, was acquired last year by St. Jude Medical (STJ). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HeartWare rose 10% to $37.95. St. Jude, which reported its fourth quarter results and gave fiscal year guidance this morning, is down 1.4% to $53.56.
09:50 EDTHTWRHeartWare upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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09:38 EDTHTWRHeartWare likely to trade 'sharply higher' on deal termination, says Leerink
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06:14 EDTHTWRHeartWare announces cooperation agreement with Engaged Capital
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06:13 EDTHTWRHeartWare, Valtech Cardio announce termination of proposed acquisition
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January 27, 2016
11:07 EDTGILDGilead sinks as Attorney General probes pricing strategy
Shares of drugmaker Gilead (GILD) are underperforming after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey warned that her office may bring an unfair commercial conduct complaint against it related to the pricing for its Hepatitis C virus treatments Sovaldi and Harvoni. UNFAIR PRICING: Healey, in a letter addressed to Gilead CEO John Martin dated January 22 that has just been made public, said that her office is considering whether Gilead's pricing strategy for Sovaldi and Harvoni may constitute an "unfair trade practice" in violation of Massachusetts law. "Because Gilead's drugs offer a cure for a serious and life-threatening infectious disease, pricing the treatment in a manner that effectively allows HCV to continue spreading through vulnerable populations, as opposed to eradicating the disease altogether, results in massive public harm," Healey stated in her letter to Martin. Healey, who urged Gilead to adjust its pricing strategy, noted that the company has invoked the high cost and risk associated with research and development as a justification for its prices, but she said that Gilead quickly recouped its outlay to acquire Pharmasset by selling "$12.4B worth of HCV medication in the first year alone" after its deal. The AG, who said that Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill in the U.S. but only $10 per pill in Egypt and about $4 per pill in India, contends that American taxpayers "have been footing the bill for Gilead's record profits." FREQUENT TARGET: The pricing of Gilead's hep C treatments have been the focus of significant criticism and political rhetoric in the past. In December, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and senior committee member Chuck Grassley released the results of an 18-month investigation into the pricing and marketing of Sovaldi and Harvoni. The company "pursued a marketing strategy and final wholesale price of Sovaldi - $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a single course of treatment - that it believed would maximize revenue," and "fostering broad, affordable access was not a key consideration in the process of setting the wholesale prices," the senators wrote. Members of the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, who held a press conference last November to announce "meaningful action" to combat the "skyrocketing" costs of pharmaceuticals, specifically took aim at Sovaldi. During her campaigning efforts, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly decried the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs. OTHERS TO WATCH: AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) also market or are at work on therapies for hepatitis C. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gilead slid 2% to $90.35.
10:38 EDTGILDGilead trades near session lows
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08:52 EDTGILDMassachusetts AG warns Gilead hep C drug prices may be unfair, Boston Globe says
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January 26, 2016
15:53 EDTGILDGilead mentioned positively ahead of earnings at Barclays
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06:33 EDTBAYRYImmunoGen earns milestone payment from Bayer related to BAY 94-9343
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