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April 3, 2014
12:40 EDTARNA, OREX, VVUSVIVUS 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.
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October 6, 2015
06:51 EDTOREXOrexigen price target lowered to $11 from $21 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Charles Duncan cut his price target for Orexigen shares to $11 saying traction for Contrave, while good, is slightly below his expectations. He continues to view Contrave as a "novel asset" with large market potential of $700M in annual revenue, however. Duncan views the company's current market capitalization of $270M as a "market inefficiency" relative to the potential of the Contrave franchise. Duncan reiterates an Overweight rating on Orexigen.
October 5, 2015
18:56 EDTARNAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Regulus Therapeutics (RGLS), up 8.7% after the company announced that it will present new preclinical data on RG-012 for kidney disease... Palatin Technologies (PTN), up 9.6% after director Robert deVeer Jr. buys 10,000 shares of common stock... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 4.7% after CEO Jack Lief announced his retirement and Harry Hixson was named interim CEO... DuPont (DD), up 5.9% after CEO and chair Ellen Kullman retires... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), up 4.9% after joining the S&P 600... Starz (STRZA), up 10.1% after the LA Times reports that Lionsgate (LGF) is in advanced talks to merge with Starz. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Container Store (TCS), down 10.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 3.8% after filing to sell $125M of common stock... Haemonetics (HAE), down 12.2% after lowering its fiscal 2016 outlook... Energy XXI (EXXI), down 8.3% after filing a $500M mixed securities shelf... Mallinckrodt (MNK), down 1.6% after announcing that it will provide a business update and financial guidance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, on an investor call on October 6.
16:20 EDTARNAArena Pharmaceuticals CEO Jack Lief retires, Harry Hixson named interim CEO
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October 1, 2015
08:46 EDTOREXOrexigen announces submission of Contrave NDA in South Korea
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