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November 21, 2012
10:20 EDTVVUS, ARNA, OREX, AET, RHHBY, PFE, GSKVIVUS rallies after Aetna revises obesity drug policy
In a Clinical Policy Bulletin revision dated November 20, 2012, Aetna (AET) specified criteria under which the insurer considers weight reduction medications as "medically necessary" for treatment of obesity. Aetna stated, "For members whose medical policies do not exclude weight reduction medications or services and supplies for or related to weight reduction programs, Aetna covers [the following] drugs under the medical benefit, not the pharmacy benefit." Among the medications that have been approved by the FDA for weight reduction which would be covered under its policy, Aetna listed Qsymia, marketed by VIVUS (VVUS), Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), Didrex from Pfizer's (PFE) Pharmacia unit, Roche's (RHHBY) Xenical, and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Alli. Early session strength in shares of VIVUS and Arena has been attributed to Aetna's policy revision, and shares of Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX), which is developing a weight loss treatment that is being considered by the FDA for approval, have also moved higher. In early morning trading, VIVUS advanced $1.58, or 15.27%, to $11.93, Arena gained 20c, or 2.24%, to $9.13 and Orexigen added 30c, or 6.88%, to $4.66.
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September 10, 2014
09:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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September 9, 2014
15:27 EDTOREXOrexigen volatility elevated
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12:46 EDTARNA, VVUS, OREXNovo Nordisk weight loss drug helped people get thinner, Bloomberg reports
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07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS outlook $6.45, consensus $6.58
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06:25 EDTGSKDocuments show DOJ probed GSK China unit in 2012, Reuters says
Internal documents revealed that a U.S. anti-bribery investigation into GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) touched on the firm's Chinese consumer healthcare division two years ago, which infers that the company's compliance issues in the country could be broader than initially discovered, according to Reuters, citing the documents. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
17:22 EDTOREXOrexigen, Takeda Pharmaceutical in services agreement
Orexigen disclosed in a regulatory filing that in preparation for the potential launch of NB32, Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (TKPYY) entered into a Manufacturing Services Agreement, dated September 2, in accordance with the Collaboration Agreement between the company and Takeda, effective as of September 1, 2010, as amended by Amendment Number 1 to Collaboration Agreement effective as of September 26, 2013. Pursuant to the Agreement, among other things, the company will supply to Takeda, and Takeda will, subject to certain exceptions as set forth in the Agreement and Collaboration Agreement, exclusively purchase from the Company, all of Takeda’s requirements of NB32 for commercialization in the United States, Canada and Mexico during the term of the Collaboration Agreement. The Agreement will continue in full force and effect until the expiration or termination of the Collaboration Agreement.
08:48 EDTGSKGilead announces AMBITION study results in collaboration with Glaxo
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07:26 EDTAETMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTPFE, RHHBYIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
September 7, 2014
13:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline Ebola vaccine works in tests on monkeys, Bloomberg says
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September 5, 2014
13:07 EDTRHHBYRoche has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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September 4, 2014
16:05 EDTPFEPfizer granted orphan status for sickle cell disease drug
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12:49 EDTAETJudges to revisit ObamaCare subsidies decision, The Hill reports
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07:23 EDTPFEAstraZeneca called for inversion clamp down as part of defense, WSJ says
Amid its defense against an unsolicited takeover bid from rival Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN) hired advisers with close ties to the Obama administration, who made calls to senior administration officials urging a clamp down on tax inversions, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the previously undisclosed calls. Reference Link
September 3, 2014
16:20 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had an outline for a cease-fire plan for eastern Ukraine and was closing in an agreement. The averages hit their highs shortly after the open and the Nasdaq was the first index to cross into negative territory as it was weighed down by Apple's (AAPL) decline. The market moved in a narrow range as investors anticipated the Fed’s Beige Book report, scheduled for release mid-afternoon. The report was fairly benign and the market limped into the close, with volume remaining light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: U.S. factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book stated that the pace of growth did not change significantly in any of the central bank's 12 regions during a six week period ended in August compared with the previous six week period. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated $4.36, or 4.22%, to $98.94 after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which surged $4.81, or 44.05%, to $15.73 after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which jumped $3.94, or 9.16%, to $46.97 ahead of its second quarter earnings report, which is due tomorrow morning. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which fell $4.11, or 18.55%, to $18.05 after FDA briefing documents ahead of a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower after its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $4.47, or 11.54%, to $34.27. Analysts at Piper Jaffray attributed the post-earnings weakness to investor concerns over heightened inventory levels, but the firm said it still sees Vince as one of the best small cap growth names in its space and would be "aggressive buyers" on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 10.72, or 0.06%, to 17,078.28, the Nasdaq fell 25.62, or 0.56%, to 4,572.56, and the S&P 500 slipped 1.56, or 0.08%, to 2,000.72.
14:55 EDTAETObamaCare business exchange to launch in 5 states next month, The Hill says
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12:33 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:30 EDTPFEPfizer has conference call hosted by Bernstein
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06:48 EDTRHHBYInfinity Pharmaceuticals partners with Roche for blood cancer clinical studies
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) has entered into a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY) under which Roche will supply Gazyva to Infinity for use in planned clinical studies to evaluate the combination of Gazyva and duvelisib, Infinity’s oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase -delta and PI3K-gamma, in patients with hematologic malignancies, or blood cancers. The companies have also entered into a material transfer agreement under which Infinity is supplying Roche with duvelisib for use in Roche’s preclinical and translational research to evaluate the combination of duvelisib and Gazyva.
06:34 EDTAETNext Obamacare enrollment period may be very difficult, NY Times says
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