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April 23, 2014
11:11 EDTAZNOptions with increasing implied volatility: DLLR AZN RL
07:00 EDTPFETerrapinn to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTPFECambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTPFE, JNJ, AZNGlobal Technology Community to hold a summit
7th Annual Diabetes Summit is being held in Cambridge, MA on April 23-25.
06:53 EDTJNJ, PFEFood & Drug Law Institute to hold a conference
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06:16 EDTPFE, AZN, JNJPharmaceutical companies narrowing focus, WSJ reports
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April 22, 2014
14:47 EDTAZNOnglyza, Kombiglyze XR get Paragraph IV patent challenges
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12:39 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid a number of big deals and a much talked about proposed deal in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as another wave of earnings reports. The market opened quietly but on the positive side of the ledger as investors pored over the multitude of quarterly reports issued after the close last night and earlier today. Near noon the market stood near its session highs and is pointing toward its sixth consecutive positive close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales slipped 0.2% to a 4.59M rate in March, versus expectation for them to have fallen 1% to a 4.56M rate. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey for April had a reading of 7, beating the consensus forecast for a reading of 2. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) teamed with Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square to make a hostile takeover offer for Allergan (AGN), sending shares of both companies higher. Allergan confirmed it received the offer of $48.30 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant stock for each of its own shares, which it said it will evaluate with the help of its advisers. Analysts' opinion on the fallout varied, with one firm suggesting Allergan could pursue its own takeover of Shire (SHPG) or Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) as a defense, and another saying a rival big pharma company, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), could launch a competing bid for Allergan. Shares of Allergan led all gainers on the S&P 500, rising 16%, while Valeant shares gained more than 6%... A number of other big drug makers made news with a string of deals, as Novartis (NVS) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) both reshaped their companies via a trio of agreements. Novartis will acquire GSK's oncology products for a $14.5B payment and up to $1.5B contingent future payments, Novartis will sells its Vaccines business, excluding flu, to GSK for $7.1B plus royalties, and the two agreed to tie-up their consumer healthcare businesses through a joint venture. In a separate transaction, Novartis agreed to divest its Animal Health Division to Eli Lilly (LLY) for about $5.4B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were streaming video service Netflix (NFLX), which advanced almost 6%, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which rose 8%. Companies that slid following their earnings reports included printer maker Lexmark (LXK), which fell over 11%, and Pentair (PNR), which dropped almost 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 106.77, or 0.65%, to 16,556.02, the Nasdaq was up 45.95, or 1.11%, to 4,167.50, and the S&P 500 was up 11.59, or 0.62%, to 1,883.48.
11:22 EDTJNJAnalysts think Valeant bid for Allergan could spur higher offer, rival deal
After Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) teamed with hedge fund Pershing Square to make a hostile takeover offer for Allergan (AGN), analysts' opinion on the fallout varied, with one firm suggesting Allergan could pursue its own takeover as a defense and another believing Valeant will be pushed to raise its offer. WHAT'S NEW: Valeant, in partnership with Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, offered to combine with Allergan for $48.30 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant stock for each share of Allergan. Allergan has confirmed it received the offer and said that it would evaluate the proposal. ANALYST OPINION: In a note to investors, Wells Fargo stated that it believes that Valeant's low tax rate will enable it to raise its bid. Moreover, one or more big pharmaceutical companies, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), could launch a competing bid for Allergan, added Wells. The firm believes that Allergan could ultimately be purchased for $165 per share. Research firm Jefferies said it expects Allergan's board to oppose Valeant's takeover attempt. The firm suggested that Allergan could seek to fend off Valeant's takeover attempt by acquiring Shire (SHPG) or Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ). Jefferies kept a Hold rating on Allergan. BMO Capital similarly believes that Valeant will have to overcome significant hurdles in order to complete the deal. The management teams of the two companies have different views and Allergan's business could be damaged by significant cost cutting following the deal, according to the firm. Nonetheless, it kept an Outperform rating on the Botox maker. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Allergan rallied 15.5% to $164, Valeant gained 4.4% to $133, Jazz shares rose 6.4% to $147.18 and Shire added 4.8% to $158.62.
11:02 EDTAZNOptions with increasing implied volatility: AZN RL
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10:00 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca Pfizer deal is doable, says Bernstein
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08:03 EDTPFEPfizer says OPT Pivotal #1 and #2 programs meet primary endpoints in study
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07:16 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca cancer pipeline viewed as possible draw for Pfizer, Reuters says
Pfizer (PFE) could come back to make an offer to AstraZeneca (AZN) after its reported $101B takeover approach was declined, since an agreement could benefit the U.S. pharmaceutical company as it aims to improve its cancer pipeline, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:11 EDTJNJWells says big pharma bidders could emerge for Allergan
Wells Fargo believes Allergan (AGN) wants to remain independent and says the "hurdle to convince the company to sell could be pretty high." Wells thinks Valeant's (VRX) low tax rate gives it room to raise its bid for Allergan, and it sees the potential for one or more big pharma bidders, such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Merck (MRK), emerging due to Allergan's "attractive eye care and aesthetics portfolio and pipeline." Wells believes a purchase price for Allergan of $50B or $165 per share could be justified.
05:27 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded AstraZeneca (AZN) to Buy calling a takeover by Pfizer (PFE) a "high probability event." Citi believes AstraZeneca's oncology pipeline is undervalued at current share levels.
April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTPFE, AZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
12:47 EDTAZN, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:08 EDTJNJAllergan recent rally due to several factors, says BMO Capital
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10:18 EDTPFE, AZNAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
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09:21 EDTPFE, AZNOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
09:00 EDTAZNAstraZeneca rises 7.1%
AstraZeneca is up 7.1%, or $4.49, to $67.98
07:47 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer unlikely to have been interested in AstraZeneca, says Bernstein
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07:21 EDTPFE, JNJFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews including MDT's Activa Dystonia Therapy, (BAX's Advate and Tisseel, NVS' Famvir, Tibotec's (JNJ subsidiary) Intelence, UCB Pharma's Keppra, MRK's Maxalt, BAYRY's Natazia, Digestive Care's Pertzye, JNJ's Prezista, BMY's Reyataz, SNY's Sklice, PFE's Torisel, Aptalis' Ultresa, and GILD's Viread in a meeting being held in Bethesda, Maryland on April 21 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer bid for AstraZeneca 'looks highly probable,' says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Pfizer's (PFE) reported takeover interest in AstraZeneca (AZN) "looks highly probable." Citi thinks a deal would fit Pfizer's strategic goals for immunotherapy and autoimmune disease and would also be financially attractive. The firm expects Pfizer to "aggressively" approach AstraZeneca a second time.
06:47 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca volatility elevated, said to have been approached by Pfizer – report
AstraZeneca (AZN) implied volatility is expected is to move on Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached to propose a $101B takeover, says the Sunday Times. Overall option implied volatility of 20 is above its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
06:40 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer volatility flat said to be considering bid for AstraZeneca – report
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April 20, 2014
20:37 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer said to be considering GBP60B bid for AstraZeneca, Sunday Times says
Drug giant Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached AstraZeneca (AZN) to propose a GBP60B takeover of the U.K company, says the Sunday Times. Informal discussions have recently taken place, say sources, but AstraZeneca is believed to be resisting Pfizer’s approach, added the Sunday Times. Reference Link
16:45 EDTPFEBiogen hemophilia drug Alprolix priced similar to older treatments, Reuters says
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April 19, 2014
11:12 EDTAZNLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 17, 2014
16:31 EDTJNJFDA alert on laparoscopic morcellation mixed for Hologic, says Piper Jaffray
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08:38 EDTPFETeva settles patent ligitigation with Pfizer on Celebrex
Teva (TEVA) announced that its subsidiary Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has entered into a settlement with Pfizer (PFE) related to Teva’s generic version of Celebrex 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules in the United States. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva may launch its generic versions in December 2014 or earlier under certain circumstances. Teva has received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all strengths and believes that it is first-to-file on at least the 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules. Sales of Celebrex were $2.2B in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December, 2013.
08:15 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson price target raised to $116 from $104 at Argus
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April 16, 2014
07:38 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reported very strong Q1 results, says Bernstein
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April 15, 2014
17:38 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson stock looks attractive, Barron's says
Johnson & Johnson stock looks attractive and there's still time to buy in, Barron's contends in its "Barron's Take" column. The company can still deliver strong returns, the paper adds. Reference Link
16:22 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:58 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:23 EDTJNJOptions with decreasing implied volatility: FDO JNJ FAST EPB
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09:16 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says has implemented some cost reductions in MD&D sector
Says has implemented some cost reductions, combined some businesses in the Medical Devices & Diagnostics sector to better compete in the current marketplace.
08:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY net interest expense $400M-$500M
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08:19 EDTAZNLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:19 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt closing mid-year
Sees sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) closing mid-year. Says offer from Carlyle Group (CG) to acquire Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics expected to close mid-year. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
08:04 EDTPFEWuXi PharmaTech names Steve Yang as COO and Executive VP
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07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 Domestic sales up 2.2%; Intl sales up 4.5%
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.80-$5.90, consensus $5.83
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.54, consensus $1.48
Reports Q1 revenue $18.1B, consensus $18.0B
06:32 EDTPFE, JNJ, AZNPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
15:17 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.48; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 44c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 22c; Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 78c; Comerica (CMA), consensus 72c; Westamerica (WABC), consensus 58c; Comverse (CNSI), consensus 49c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 5c.
13:25 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J looking for another strong performance in pharmaceuticals
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10:02 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics presents GMI-1070 data
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05:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Hold citing the recent outperformance of shares. The firm keeps a $105 price target for the stock.
April 11, 2014
18:44 EDTJNJJ&J halting development of Botox competitor, WSJ says
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07:19 EDTPFEAcura Pharma to host conference call
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07:06 EDTVVUSVIVUS announces avanafil clinical data presentation
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April 10, 2014
06:17 EDTPFEAcura Pharma announces return of product rights from Pfizer
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April 9, 2014
07:23 EDTJNJEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
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07:09 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson outlook positive into Q1 results, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Johnson & Johnson's Q1 EPS to come in slightly above the consensus estimate, with strength in pharmaceuticals more than offsetting lackluster Medical Devices & Diagnostics growth, according to the firm. Bernstein keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
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