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December 19, 2012
19:48 EDTVVUS, JNJ, AZN, PFEVIVUS shares rising on takeover speculation, the Daily Mail reports
There is speculation that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are considering a takeover of VIVUS (VVUS) due to the company's obesity drug Qsymia, according to the Daily Mail, which also speculated that Pfizer (PFE) could look at VIVUS "should it come under corporate attack." Any deal with a chance at success would need to be "in the region of $30-plus a share," the Daily Mail added. Reference Link
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July 28, 2014
13:12 EDTPFEEarnings Preview: Pfizer looks for earnings boost from Lyrica, Xalkori
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12:26 EDTJNJPharmacyclics off lows, turns positive after FDA expands Imbruvica indication
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12:24 EDTJNJFDA expands approved use of Imbruvica for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Imbruvica to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who carry a deletion in chromosome 17, which is associated with poor responses to standard treatment for CLL. Imbruvica received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use. The FDA is also approving new labeling to reflect that Imbruvica’s clinical benefit in treating CLL has been verified. Imbruvica’s new use is being approved more than two months ahead of the product’s prescription drug user fee goal date of Oct. 7, the date the FDA was scheduled to complete review of the drug application. Imbruvica also received accelerated approval in November 2013 for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least one prior therapy. Clinical studies to verify and describe Imbruvica’s clinical benefit in mantle cell lymphoma are ongoing. Imbruvica is being jointly developed and commercialized in the United States by Pharmacyclics (PCYC) and Janssen Biotech (JNJ).
10:02 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Aon plc (AON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DSW (DSW) downgraded at Sterne Agee... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Lear (LEA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Wedbush... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Pfizer (PFE) downgraded at BMO Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Selmer Scientific (SMLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... TransCanada (TRP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
08:43 EDTPFEPfizer downgraded at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital downgraded Pfizer to Market Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited what it sees as the weakening of the company's mature franchises and significant loss of exclusivity headwinds in 2015. Target to $31 from $34.
06:36 EDTPFEPfizer downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:32 EDTJNJJ&J dispute with Boston Scientific looks set to go to trial, NY Times says
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05:55 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; IGT PFE
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05:36 EDTAZNQIAGEN, AstraZeneca announce collaboration
QIAGEN (QGEN) announced a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) for the co-development and commercialization of a liquid biopsy-based companion diagnostic to be paired with IRESSA, AstraZeneca's targeted therapy for non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC. The project builds on a master framework agreement signed by both companies in 2013 and aims to develop and market a novel QIAGEN companion diagnostic that analyzes plasma samples to assess EGFR mutation status in NSCLC patients. The assay will be designed to guide the treatment of NSCLC patients with Astra Zeneca's oral monotherapy anti-cancer treatment when tumor tissue is not available. QIAGEN already offers the therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit as a tissue-based companion diagnostic for lung cancer patients, which was approved in the U.S. by the FDA in July 2013 and in China in May 2014. The companies will collaborate to create a new companion diagnostic for IRESSA based on liquid biopsy samples from NSCLC patients, rather than requiring invasive surgical collection of tissue samples. Data from several studies, including the IFUM Study presented at the "World Lung 2013" conference, provided evidence of the ability to assess the EGFR status of advanced lung cancer patients using blood / plasma samples. This breakthrough provides hope for patients for whom surgical biopsy is not an option by enabling them to have their EGFR mutation status assessed using a less invasive method.
July 25, 2014
08:54 EDTJNJEMA issues positive opinion, recommends approval of Imbruvica
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07:29 EDTPFEEMA recommends indication for Ecalta to treat invasive candidiasis
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion recommending a variation to the terms of the marketing authorization for the medicinal product Ecalta, offered by Pfizer. The CHMP adopted a change to an indication as follows: "Treatment of invasive candidiasis in adult patients."
07:17 EDTJNJEMA recommends approval for Gilead, Janssen blood cancer drugs
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July 24, 2014
09:16 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:39 EDTJNJOrganovo enters 3D bio-printed tissue agreement with J&J unit
Organovo (ONVO) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Janssen Research and Development, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), to evaluate the use of 3D bio-printed tissue in a drug discovery setting, outside of the company’s work in 3D liver tissue for toxicity testing. Terms were not disclosed.
08:19 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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July 22, 2014
16:18 EDTPFEPuma Biotech now responsible for R&D expenses associated with legacy trials
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05:25 EDTAZNAdams Express, MedImmune announce clinical trial partnership
Advaxis (ADXS) has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The Phase I/II immunotherapy study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of MedImmune's investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, in combination with Advaxis' lead cancer immunotherapy vaccine, ADXS-HPV, as a treatment for patients with advanced, recurrent or refractory human papillomavirus, or HPV,-associated cervical cancer and HPV-associated head and neck cancer. Both MEDI4736 and ADXS-HPV are cancer immunotherapies, a new class of treatments that use the body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Under the terms of the agreement, MedImmune and Advaxis will evaluate the combination as a treatment for HPV-associated cervical cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The Phase I part of the trial is expected to establish a recommended dose regimen of MEDI4736 with ADXS-HPV, and the Phase II portion will assess the safety and efficacy of the combination. The study will be funded and conducted by Advaxis. Results from the study will be used to determine whether further clinical development of this combination is warranted. Under the terms of the deal, MedImmune has a non-exclusive relationship with respect to HPV-driven tumour types. MedImmune has first right of negotiation for future development of combinations involving MEDI4736 and ADXS-HPV.
July 21, 2014
18:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up marginally after reporting Q2 results... Sanmina (SANM), up 13.2% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates... Chipotle (CMG), up 10.1%... Helix (HLX), up 5.2%... Canadian National (CNI), up 1.13%... CYS Investments (CYS), up 1.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Apache (APA), up 5% after Bloomberg says JANA discloses $1B position... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% after announcing a $5B share repurchase program... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 4.3% after reporting second quarter results and preliminary clinical results from TG-1101 Phase I study... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Rambus (RMBS), down 3.6% after reporting second quarter results... Ultra Clean (UCTT), down 4% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Tallgrass Energy (TEP), down 5% after filing to sell 7M common units representing limited partners.
17:03 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson announces $5B share repurchase program
Johnson & Johnson announced that its board has approved the repurchase of up to $5B of the company's common stock. The company had approximately 2.82B shares of common stock outstanding as of June 29.
17:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson announces $5B share repurchase program
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