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April 3, 2014
12:40 EDTVVUS, ARNA, OREXVIVUS retreats after analyst cuts rating to sell equivalent
Shares of VIVUS (VVUS), which has developed an anti-obesity drug, are declining after research firm Piper Jaffray downgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Piper analyst Charles Duncan wrote that he was "increasingly wary" about the outlook for VIVUS' anti-obesity drug, Qsymia. Prescription trends for the drug are "underwhelming," while VIVUS has so far failed to find a U.S. marketing partner for the drug, the analyst explained. Moreover, a competing anti-obesity drug, Orexigen's (OREX) Contrave, is expected to be launched in the second half of this year, Duncan wrote. He now expects VIVUS to generate revenue of $53M for Qsymia, versus what he said was the consensus outlook of $92M. Duncan cut his rating on the stock to Underweight, the equivalent of a sell, from Neutral and slashed his price target on the shares to $3 from $8. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Despite the downgrade, Duncan wrote that he continues to believe the U.S. anti-obesity market outlook is improving. Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) has also developed an anti-obesity drug. Belviq. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, VIVUS fell 8% to $5.70, Orexigen dropped 4.3% to $6.20, and Arena fell 3.6% to $6.45.
News For VVUS;OREX;ARNA From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
08:21 EDTOREXOrexigen Contrave sales encouraging, says RBC Capital
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07:22 EDTOREXOrexigen Contrave off to strong start, says JMP Securities
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February 25, 2015
06:33 EDTOREXOrexigen reports Q4 EPS 0c, consensus 21c
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February 24, 2015
16:01 EDTVVUSVIVUS reports Q4 EPS (25c), consensus (25c)
Reports Q4 revenue $21.7M, consensus $20.01M.
09:03 EDTOREXUltragenyx adds Orexigen CEO to board
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE) announced the appointment of Michael Narachi to the company's board, effective February 20. Narachi, President and CEO and a director of Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX), will serve as an independent director to Ultragenyx.
08:10 EDTOREXOrexigen resumed with an Outperform at Leerink
Target $8.

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