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April 24, 2015
06:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says smaller M&A deals more realistic, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reiterates outlook for FY15
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06:06 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Q1 core EPS $1.08, consensus $1.05
Reports Q1 revenue $6.06B, consensus $5.95B. Reports Q1 Symbicort revenue $845M vs. $928M last year, Pulmicort revenue $286M vs. $263M last year, Crestor revenue $1.17B vs. $1.33B last year, Nexium revenue $644M vs. $930M last year.
05:39 EDTAZNCelgene announces strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca
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05:37 EDTAZNAstraZeneca signs co-development agreement with Innate Pharma
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April 23, 2015
15:01 EDTAZNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:20 EDTJNJEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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11:02 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson increases dividend by 7.1% to 75c
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10:02 EDTJNJAbbVie says communication with Johnson & Johnson has been 'very positive'
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08:25 EDTAZNJuno Therapeutics, MedImmune announce immuno-oncology trial collaboration
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April 22, 2015
08:04 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics presents data on BIND-014, AZD2811 at AACR
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April 21, 2015
16:32 EDTVVUSVIVUS granted patents covering Qsymia compositions and methods
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10:01 EDTPFEPfizer receives FDA breakthrough therapy designation for Xalkori
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08:18 EDTPFEPain Therapeutics resumes responsibility for Remoxy
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08:06 EDTPFEPfizer says Phase 3 inotuzumab ozogamicin study met first primary endpoint
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07:06 EDTAZNBina Tech, AstraZeneca announce collaborative agreement for GMS
Bina Technologies, a member of the Roche Group (RHHBY), and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that they have entered into an agreement for AstraZeneca to become the first member to join the Bina Alliance Program and to further develop the Bina Genomic Management Solution. AstraZeneca will utilize the Bina GMS as an enterprise platform to support its development work across three main therapeutic areas: oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity. Bina’s proprietary technology enables translational and academic researchers to perform fast and scalable analyses to maximize the value of genomic data. Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will adopt Bina GMS globally to support enterprise genomic data analysis and management. Bina in turn will provide AstraZeneca with direct access to its scientific and engineering teams to further develop the Bina GMS for pharmaceutical applications.
April 20, 2015
14:32 EDTJNJPharmacyclics patent for Imbruvica challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
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10:03 EDTVVUSHigh option volume stocks
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08:02 EDTPFEMerck KGaA, Pfizer initiate Phase III study with Avelumab
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06:59 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:05 EDTPFEProvectus receives notice of allowance for PV-10 combined with other drugs
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06:02 EDTAZNClovis pullback on Astra data a buying opportunity, says Mizuho
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTJNJStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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06:52 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted FDA orphan drug designation for selumetinib
AstraZeneca announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation for the MEK inhibitor selumetinib, for the treatment of uveal melanoma, a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the eye.
06:50 EDTAZNAstra reports median progression free survival of 13.5 months in AURA study
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April 16, 2015
09:48 EDTJNJGenmab achieves $10M milestone in daratumumab collaboration with Janssen
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09:12 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted orphan status for melanoma treatment
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07:58 EDTAZNAstraZeneca's MedImmune, Immunocore announce new collaboration agreement
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April 15, 2015
19:34 EDTVVUSVIVUS files patent infringement lawsuit against Teva
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11:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
08:11 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson valuation appears attractive, says Wells Fargo
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08:04 EDTPFEPfizer: PALOMA-3 trial for IBRANCE met primary endpoint, trial stopped early
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07:41 EDTAZN, JNJEBD Group to hold a forum
ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2015 is being held in Shanghai, China on April 15-16.
April 14, 2015
16:53 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
14:48 EDTJNJZimmer, Stryker have mixed read through from J&J results, says Wells Fargo
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14:42 EDTJNJSmall spine names have positive read through from J&J results, says Wells Fargo
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12:24 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
12:06 EDTAZNFDA panel accepts Onglyza's safety profile in 13-1 vote
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09:35 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
09:17 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says capital allocation strategy remains the same
The company says it continues to view dividends as its first priority in returning capital to shareholders. The company said it is still looking at portfolio for potential exits.
09:16 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says FY15 guidance doesn't include biosimilar compeition
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09:16 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 EPS constant currency $6.64-46.79
Sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.04-6.19. The company had previously announced FY15 adjusted EPS $6.12-$6.27. FY15 EPS consensus $6.16
09:13 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), up 1%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up marginally... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM), up 4.2%... Fastenal (FAST), up 5%. ALSO HIGHER: Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics (BCLI), up 13.5% after announcing that it will present NurOwn Phase 2a clinical data at the Academy of Neurology annual meeting... Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 7.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Solazyme (SZYM), up 7.5% after announcing a strategic agreement with Flotek (FTK)... Cleveland BioLabs (CBLI), up 6.8% after receiving funding recommendation from the Department of Defense... Nordic American Tanker (NAT), up 3.2% after raising quarterly dividend to 38c from 22c... Ocwen (OCN), up 3.8% after reporting preliminary fiscal 2014 results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down just under 1%. ALSO LOWER: Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 5.8% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII), down 14.3% after filing to sell $20M of common stock and warrants... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
08:57 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson backs FY15 sales $75B-$76B
Including foreign exchange, sees reported sales $70B-$71B. Consensus is $71.16B. Backs FY15 net interest expense $450M-$550M. Raises FY15 net other income expense to $2B-$2.1B from $1.5B-$1.6B. Expects R&D tax credit will be renewed by Congress. Raises FY15 effective tax rate to 21%-22% from 20%-21%. If the tax credit is not approved, it will negatively impact the tax rate by 0.5%. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 Worldwide Consumer sales $3.4B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson cuts FY15 adjusted EPS to $6.04-$6.19 from $6.12-$6.27
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 domestic sales up 5.9% to $8.69B
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07:45 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.56, consensus $1.54
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07:15 EDTAZNFDA Endocrinologic & Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee holds a meeting
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07:10 EDTVVUSVIVUS says CVOT 'unlikely to initiate' in 2015
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April 13, 2015
17:10 EDTJNJIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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16:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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15:38 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:12 EDTPFEMylan enters settlement, license agreement with Pfizer regarding Viagra
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiaries Mylan Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals have entered into a settlement and license agreement with Pfizer (PFE), Pfizer Limited and Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals to settle patent litigation relating to Mylan's Abbreviated New Drug Application filed with the U.S. FDA for Sildenafil Citrate Tablets 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. This product is the generic version of Viagra, which is indicated to treat erectile dysfunction. Under the terms of the agreement, Mylan will be able to launch its ANDA products pursuant to a royalty-bearing license as early as December 11, 2017, or sooner under certain conditions, subject to FDA approval. All other terms and conditions of the settlement and license agreement are confidential, and the agreement itself is subject to review by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. For the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2014, Viagra had U.S. sales of approximately $1.3B, according to IMS Health.
15:08 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson April 100 straddle priced for 2.2% movement into Q1
14:07 EDTJNJEarnings Watch: Johnson & Johnson shares down slightly since last earnings
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13:28 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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11:12 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
Leading up to earnings, the shares have been trading in a narrow range largely bound by $98 at the low and $103 at the high. This trading range was preceded by a decline from the 52-week high set back in the fall of 2014. In a longer time frame, the current trading action is part of a larger potential topping process, with $95 as the midpoint. On worse than expected news, the low bound at $98 would be first important support. A breakdown below $98 would see next support at $95. A move below $95 would confirm the topping process and break the long-term uptrend. Support below $95 would be at $93.94. If results and outlook are better than expected, first resistance would be at the top of the range at $103. Next resistance would then be at $105.36. A move above that level would see $107.10, and then 52-week high and life high at $109.49 as next potential upside objectives.
08:58 EDTAZNMerck may have positive read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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08:54 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has negative read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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