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September 19, 2013
05:48 EDTVPHM, SNY, SHPGViroPharma downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded ViroPharma (VPHM) citing valuation and raised its price target for shares to $43 from $38. The firm believes a takeover of ViroPharma by either Shire (SHPG) or Sanofi (SNY), as reported by Bloomberg, makes sense and is fairly likely.
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April 23, 2015
09:20 EDTSHPGCelgene patent latest to be challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
The Coalition For Affordable Drugs, a group linked to Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass, has requested an Inter Partes Review of Claims 110 of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,501 held by Celgene (CELG), according to a USPTO filing. The 501 patent claims methods for delivering a drug, including a teratogenic drug, to a patient while preventing the exposure of a fetus or other contraindicated individuals to the drug. The patent is related to the company's Revlimid drug. BACKGROUND: Previously, the same coalition requested an Inter Partes Review of patents held by Pharmacyclics (PCYC), Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), Shire (SHPG) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ). On January 7, Reuters reported that Bass planned to take "around 15 pharmaceutical companies with a combined market capitalization of $450B" into an Inter Partes Review for extending patents in questionable ways, citing a presentation made by Bass in Oslo. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Celgene are down 0.5% to $114.92 in pre-market trading.
April 22, 2015
10:02 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
07:07 EDTSHPG, SNYEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASL will be held in Vienna, Austria on April 22-26.
06:52 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
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April 21, 2015
09:01 EDTSNYGenzyme initiates Phase 2a trial to evaluate pharmocodynamics of GZ/SAR402671
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April 20, 2015
14:32 EDTSHPGPharmacyclics patent for Imbruvica challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
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09:20 EDTSNYLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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April 15, 2015
11:56 EDTSNYSanofi initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
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07:41 EDTSNYEBD Group to hold a forum
ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2015 is being held in Shanghai, China on April 15-16.
April 13, 2015
07:20 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $288 from $267 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Shire to $288 after lifting its estimates for Lifitegrast in dry eye following the FDA's Priority Review designation. The firm believes the FDA is very likely to approve the application in October of this year, without waiting for the third Phase III study late 2015. It upped its 2020 Lifitegrast forecasts by $600M to $900M and reiterates an Overweight rating on Shire.

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