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November 4, 2012
01:43 EDTVRX, ABT, GILDVertex Pharmaceuticals offers investors few catalysts, Barron's says
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRX) was once a Wall Street darling, but sales of its blockbuster hepatitis C drug, Incivek, are falling. And as Incivek sales keep falling, many worry that Vertex may start losing money next year. Q3 results disappointed investors. And shares sank Friday, as Goldman Sachs analyst Terence Flynn downgraded the stock to a Sell. The worry is that experimental cystic fibrosis drugs now in development may not prove to be potent enough to help patients. Also, Gilead Sciences (GILD) and Abbott Laboratories (ABT) have rival hepatitis C drugs in phase three trials, which Vertex won't start until 2014. Barron's contends that Vertex faces challenges that make the stock unattractive even at a marked-down price. Reference Link
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October 10, 2014
07:21 EDTGILDFDA PDUFA Date for Gilead Sciences Sofosbuvir is October 10, 2014
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07:16 EDTVRXAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
14:21 EDTVRXAllergan in good position to be patient given raised outlook, says BMO Capital
After speaking with Allergan's (AGN) CEO and CFO, BMO Capital believes the company is increasing its intrinsic value with its raised earnings guidance and that it is in a good position to be patient given that Valeant (VRX) most recent bid represents an 8% discount to Allergan's current share price. BMO said it is reviewing its forecasts for Allergan after the guidance increase, noting that it previously valued Allergan at $230 per share on a standalone basis. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on the stock.
12:28 EDTVRXAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:43 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD EWZ
Gilead (GILD) February 120 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38, MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) February 58 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
11:14 EDTVRXAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
08:50 EDTVRXAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:28 EDTGILDGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:49 EDTGILDAchillion, Gilead rise after late breaking abstract for AASLD posted
Shares of Achillion (ACHN) are higher after the company announced this morning that four abstracts have been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Among those four is a late breaker poster presentation providing updated results, including SVR12, from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study evaluating Achillion's second-generation NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, without ribavirin, for eight weeks of treatment in patients with treatment-naÔve genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Sofosbuvir is sold under the brand name Sovaldi by Gilead Sciences (GILD). In a note to investors, FBR Capital noted that the "surprise" late-breaking poster for the meeting showed a 100% cure rate for the combination therapy. In late afternoon trading, Achillion shares are up 10% to $10.74 while Gilead is up 4.3% to $108.78.
07:18 EDTGILDInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:23 EDTVRXActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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October 7, 2014
18:29 EDTVRXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square plan to raise Allergan bid by $15 a share, WSJ says
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17:52 EDTVRXAllergan up 2.8% after Dow Jones says Valeant planning to boost bid for company
17:49 EDTVRXValeant up 3.9% after Dow Jones says planning to boost Allergan bid
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17:47 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square planning to boost Allergan bid by $15 a share, DJ says
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15:21 EDTVRXAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTVRXAllergan requests Ackman be hindered from voting at meeting, Bloomberg says
In an effort to avoid an unsolicited $54B acquisition offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Allergan (AGN) filed a request in a California court for a judge to hinder Bill Ackmanís Pershing Square from voting its 10% stake at the December shareholder meeting, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing. A hearing regarding Allergan's request is set to occur on October 28. Reference Link
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