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August 6, 2014
07:21 EDTVRX, AGNValeant recent weakness a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan recommends using the recent pullback in shares of Valeant (VRX) as a buying opportunity. After meeting with management, the firm has increased confidence in the company's ability to show accelerating top-line growth in the second half of 2014. It sees "compelling value" in Valeant shares regardless of the Allergan (AGN) outcome and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $180 price target.
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February 4, 2016
08:48 EDTVRXHouse Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
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February 3, 2016
06:13 EDTAGNPfizer insists Allergan deal won't be thwarted by U.S. politicians, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) has insisted that its $160B acquisition of Allergan (AGN) will not be stifled by political opposition, amid criticism that the deal will cost the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars in future tax revenues, the Financial Times reports. Pfizer CEO Ian Read also reiterated his intention to postpone until 2018 a decision on whether to break of the combined entity into two or three smaller companies, but has said that he would be open to offers for its generics unit, the report says. Mylan (MYL) has been connected to a potential acquisition of Pfizer's generic drugs business after it failed in its attempt to buy Perrigo (PRGO) last year, the report says. Reference Link
February 2, 2016
12:32 EDTVRXEvercore highlights potential discrepancy in Valeant documents
Evercore ISI analyst Umer Raffat says the Valeant documents released ahead of Thursday's Congressional hearing on drug pricing contain a potential discrepancy between CEO Mike Pearson's comments on a conference call and an internal email sent by then CFO Howard Schiller. On the company's Q1 earnings call last year, Pearson told investors and analysts that volume was greater than price in terms of the company's growth in the quarter, Raffat points out to investors in an intraday research note. In contrast, then-CFO Howard Schiller sent an email to Pearson a few weeks after the earnings call stating that excluding the Marathon deal, price represented about 60% of Valeant's quarterly growth. On the surface, this means that either the CEO was inaccurate on the Q1 call, or the CFO's email was inaccurate, Raffat writes. It could also mean neither had done the math properly, the analyst adds. Either way, Raffat thinks Thursday's hearing isn't too critical for shares of Valeant. He has a Buy rating on the stock with a $200 price target. Valeant is down 5%, or $4.61, to $91.04 in midday trading.
11:30 EDTVRXValeant, in response to House committee, says tries to set appropriate prices
Valeant issued a statement after the House's Committee On Overweight and Government Reform released a letter relating to documents obtained from the company. The statement read, "Before Valeant purchased Nitropress and Isuprel, it commissioned outside consultants to review the drugs' pricing. Those consultants concluded that, given the significant reimbursements hospitals received under bundled rates for procedures, the prices of both drugs did not reflect their true value to hospitals and patients. We try to set our prices at the appropriate levels, but we also listen to the market. In this case, we've heard from hospitals, as well as from Congress, that we set the price for these two drugs too high, and we've responded by offering volume-based discounts of up to 30% for each of them. We are also making overall changes to how we run our business. Under our recent partnership with Walgreens we will be offering 10% price reductions on some of our most popular drugs and up to 95% reductions for a large number of our branded drugs for which there is a generic alternative. Going forward, we expect our growth to be driven more by volume than by price. When we set the price of any one drug, we do it in the overall context of our portfolio of approximately 1,800 products, including more than 200 prescription drugs in the United States, and the need to fund our robust companywide research and development programs, our expanding U.S. manufacturing base, and our patient assistance programs. In 2016, we expect to invest approximately $400 million on R&D, $484 million in expanding manufacturing in Rochester, NY, and $1 billion in our patient assistance programs that seek to ensure that out-of-pocket expenses do no prevent eligible patients from receiving medicines they need."
11:30 EDTVRXHouse committee members says Valeant inflated drug prices to meet goals
In a memo from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Democratic members of the committee stated that documents obtained from Valeant show that the company identified goals for revenue first, then "set drug prices to reach those goals," pointing to its sharp price increases for Isuprel and Nitropress as examples of this practice. The committee also contend that Valeant employed a public relations strategy, which is noted to be used by other drug companies as well, to "distract public attention away from its price increases." Valeant raised the prices of some products multiple times from 2014 to 2015, in some cases by as much as 800%, the committee members stated. Reference Link
10:59 EDTAGNPfizer CEO confident Allergan deal can close in second half
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06:54 EDTAGNPfizer expects combination with Allergan to occur in 2H16
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February 1, 2016
13:25 EDTAGNEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares down approximately 12% since last earnings report
Pfizer (PFE) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 2, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Pfizer, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. Its product portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as various consumer healthcare products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.57B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 49c-54c on revenue of $13.08B-$13.99B. LAST QUARTER: After completing its Hospira acquisition in early September, Pfizer reported third quarter EPS of 60c, which beat consensus estimates of 51c, on revenue of $12.1B, which was also higher than consensus estimates of $11.56B. In Q3 Operational revenue growth in in developed markets was driven primarily by the performance of several key products, including Prevnar 13 in adults, Ibrance and Eliquis -- all products that are early in their life cycles as well as from Lyrica primarily in the U.S., and the inclusion of one month of legacy Hospira U.S. operations. In emerging markets, revenues increased 5% operationally, reflecting continued strong operational growth, primarily from the Innovative Products business. Operational revenue growth was partially offset primarily by the loss of exclusivity and associated generic competition for Celebrex in the U.S., Zyvox in the U.S. and Lyrica in certain developed Europe markets. With its Q3 earnings announcement the company raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view to $2.16-$2.20 from $2.04-$2.10 against a raised revenue view of $47.5B-$48.5B from $46.5B-$47.5B. Commenting on the improved yearly view, the company CFO said "We raised our 2015 financial guidance for reported revenues and adjusted diluted EPS to reflect the strong performance to date of Pfizer-standalone, excluding legacy Hospira operations coupled with an improved business outlook for Pfizer-standalone for the remainder of the year.PFIZER-ALLERGAN DEAL. On November 23, Pfizer and Allergan (AGN) announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved, and the companies have entered into, a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan. Pfizer at the time said it anticipates the Allergan transaction will deliver more than $2B in operational synergies over the first three years after closing. Pfizer anticipates that the combined company will have a pro forma Adjusted Effective Tax Rate of approximately 17%-18% by the first full year after the closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to be neutral to Pfizer's Adjusted Diluted EPS in 2017, modestly accretive beginning in calendar year 2018, more than 10% accretive in 2019 with high-teens percentage accretion in 2020. STREET RESEARCH: On December 1, Barclays analyst Geoff Meacham kept an Equal Weight rating on Pfizer after assuming coverage of the name. The analyst maintained a $34 price target for shares.On November 25, SunTrust upgraded Pfizer to Neutral and increased its price target to $37 from $34 on shares. Analyst John Boris said the Allergan deal makes strategic sense, providing much needed growth from earlier life cycle assets with limited therapeutic overlap. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Pfizer are lower by approximately 12% since its last earnings report on October 27. Pfizer shares are trading over 1% lower to $29.97 in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday morning's earnings.
January 29, 2016
10:13 EDTVRXExpress Scripts to exclude Valeant's Glumetza from formulary
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07:38 EDTAGNAllergan's Phase III rapastinel receives Breakthrough Therapy desgination by FDA
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07:11 EDTAGNAllergan enters into global agreement with AstraZeneca for ATM-AVI
Allergan announced that it has entered into a global agreement with AstraZeneca to develop and commercialize ATM-AVI, an investigational, fixed-dose antibiotic combining aztreonam and avibactam. Together, the two companies will evaluate the combination to treat serious infections caused by metallo betalactamase MBL-producing Gram-negative pathogens, a difficult-to-treat sub-type of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, for which there are currently very limited treatments, thus presenting a new treatment option for patients with MBL-producing pathogens. Under the terms of the agreement, Allergan will maintain commercialization rights in the U.S. and Canada and AstraZeneca will maintain commercialization rights in all other countries.
05:33 EDTVRXStocks with implied volatility movement; VRX MRK
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January 28, 2016
15:49 EDTVRXValeant comments by Hillary Clinton not new, says Evercore ISI
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15:42 EDTVRXValeant volatility increases after accused by Clinton of 'predatory pricing'
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15:34 EDTVRXValeant accused by Clinton of 'predatory pricing'
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January 26, 2016
18:37 EDTVRXPershing Square says not selling Valeant a 'very costly mistake'
In its Annual Investor Letter, Pershing Square said, in part, that not selling Valeant (VRX) was a "very costly mistake." It also noted that not trimming its Canadian Pacific (CP) stake was a "similar error," and that they paid too much for additional stock in Platform Specialty Products (PAH). Reference Link
January 25, 2016
16:14 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The market has yet to de-couple from oil prices, as stocks continue to move in the direction of the commodity. The averages almost made it back to positive ground in the early afternoon, but with oil down more than 4% the sellers emerged and pushed the market toward session lows. The market continued to lose ground as oil fell further, giving up nearly 6% by the close on the New York Mercantile Exchange, bringing stocks' two day win streak to an end. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light. The Dallas Fed manufacturing survey, the lone report of note, came in at -34.6, below the revised prior reading of -21.6 and short of the consensus -14.5 forecast. West Texas Intermediate for March delivery fell $1.85, or 5.8%, to close at $30.34 a barrel on the NYMEX. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 0.7% to $119.20 after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S... Twitter (TWTR) fell 4.6% to $17.02 after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares... Tyco (TYC) jumped 11.6% to $34.15 after reaching a merger agreement with Johnson Controls (JCI) which will see Johnson shareholders owning 56% of the combined company's equity. Johnson Controls fell 3.9% to $34.21 following the merger announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Valeant (VRX), which rose 4.55% to $92.63 after hospitalized CEO Michael Pearson said he is "on the road to recovery" after a bout of pneumonia. The news was followed by announcements that Valeant has sold three of its skincare brands and received FDA acceptance of its biologics license application for psoriasis drug Brodalumab. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which advanced 2.6% to $2.72 after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board. Meanwhile, energy savings firm EnerNOC (ENOC) jumped 69.5% to $7.05 after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of FERC's so-called "demand response" rule, sending energy generators Dynegy (DYN) and Talen Energy (TLN) down a respective 11.6% and 6.2%. Among the noteworthy losers was OncoMed (OMED), which plunged 42.9% to $10.04 after its Phase 2 trial of tarextumab in pancreatic cancer showed futility in an interim analysis. Also lower were containerboard and paper makers KapStone (KS), WestRock (WRK) and Packaging Corp (PKG), which dropped about 21%, 15% and 13%, respectively, after an industry publication reported that prices in the sector had declined. Additionally, Caterpillar (CAT) was the Dow's biggest decliner Monday, sinking 5% to $57.90 after being downgraded to Sell at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 208.29, or 1.29%, to 15,885.22, the Nasdaq lost 72.69, or 1.58%, to 4,518.49, and the S&P 500 declined 29.82, or 1.56%, to 1,877.08.
11:30 EDTVRXINTEGA buys three medical skincare brands from Valeant Canada
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08:12 EDTVRXValeant announces FDA acceptance of BLA submission for Brodalumab
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07:12 EDTVRXValeant releases memo for employees from Michael Pearson
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