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November 4, 2012
01:43 EDTGILD, ABT, VRXVertex 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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July 22, 2015
09:30 EDTABTAbbott CEO says 'pretty alligned' with Mylan so far
09:15 EDTABTAbbott sees FY15 reported sales growth to be in low single digits
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09:15 EDTABTAbbott sees Q3 EPS 52c-54c, consensus 55c
Sees Q3 impact from foreign exchange to be "somewhat above" 9% based on current exchange rates, resulting in reported sales growth in the low single digits, consensus $5.19B. Guidance from Q2 earnings call.
09:07 EDTABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTABTAbbott says foreign exchange impacting results more than expected in January
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07:49 EDTABTAbbott reports Q2 Nutrition sales $1.72B, Diagnostics sales $1.18B
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07:48 EDTABTAbbott backs FY15 adjusted EPS $2.10-$2.20, consensus $2.16
Abbott forecasts net specified items related to continuing operations for the full year 2015 of approximately 60c per share.
07:47 EDTABTAbbott reports Q2 adjusted EPS 52c, consensus 50c
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July 21, 2015
15:02 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
14:12 EDTGILDGilead reports study of E/C/F/TAF met primary endpoint
Gilead Sciences announced detailed 48-week data from an open-label Phase 3 study evaluating its investigational once-daily single tablet regimen of elvitegravir 150 mg, cobicistat 150 mg, emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide 10 mg, or E/C/F/TAF, among 1,436 virologically suppressed adult patients switching from tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-containing regimens. The study met its primary endpoint by demonstrating non-inferiority of E/C/F/TAF to the TDF-based regimens at Week 48. The study also demonstrated statistical superiority among patients with HIV-1 RNA levels less than 50 copies/mL at Week 48 and statistically significant improvements in bone and renal laboratory parameters. These data were presented in an oral session at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention in Vancouver, Canada. Among the 1,436 patients who were randomized in the study, virologic success rates at Week 48 were higher in patients taking E/C/F/TAF, 97% versus 93% for all TDF-based regimens; difference in percentages: 4.1%, 95% CI: 1.6% to 6.7%. The rates of virologic failure were similar between the two arms, with E/C/F/TAF, 1.0% and TDF-based regimen, 1.3%. General safety was similar between the two arms through 48 weeks of treatment, with similar percentages of patients in each group having any adverse events. Adverse events leading to treatment discontinuation were more common among patients treated with a TDF-based regimen.
10:01 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
16:15 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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09:02 EDTABTAbbott receives FDA approval and launches iDesign Advanced WaveScan system
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08:38 EDTABT, VRXAnalyst 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 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $275 at Canaccord
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07:33 EDTABT, GILDInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTABTZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says 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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08:02 EDTVRXValeant agrees to acquire Amoun Pharmaceutical
Valeant announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire Mercury Holdings, the holding company of Amoun Pharmaceutical, for consideration of approximately $800M, plus contingent payments. Amoun Pharmaceutical currently expects to reach EGP 1.75B by 2015, with annual growth of approximately 20%. Valeant intends for Amoun to serve as a platform for further expansion in the broader Middle East and North Africa pharmaceutical market and expects the transaction to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
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