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May 14, 2014
04:55 EDTXLRN, XLRN, XLRN, AGIO, AGIO, AGIO, ALKS, ALKS, ALKS, ALNY, ALNY, ALNY, ARIA, ARIA, ARIA, EPZM, EPZM, EPZM, IMGN, IMGN, IMGN, TSRO, TSRO, TSROLeerink to hold a bus tour
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News For XLRN;AGIO;ALKS;ALNY;ARIA;EPZM;IMGN;TSRO From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
10:02 EDTTSROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... CBS (CBS) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... LHC Group (LHCG) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Marriott Vacations (VAC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prestige Brands (PBH) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... TESARO (TSRO) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Time Warner (TWX) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Wyndham (WYN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.
08:36 EDTTSROTESARO initiated with a Buy at Lake Street
Lake Street analyst Carl Byrnes started TESARO with a Buy rating and $61 price target. The risk/reward is "highly compelling" at current valuation levels, Byrnes tells investors in a research note.
07:51 EDTALKSWoodford calls Alkermes, Prothena selloffs 'greatly overdone'
British businessman Neil Woodford's Woodford Investment Management said it added to Alkermes (ALKS) and Prothena (PRTA) positions at what it considers to be "extremely attractive valuation levels." In its January letter to investors, the fund says the recent share price moves "look greatly overdone." Woodford also sold its position in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and initiated a new stake in Theravance Biopharma (TBPH). The company "retains a valuable economic interest in the future commercial potential of the respiratory franchise being developed in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline," the fund wrote. It also has "some very interesting, albeit earlier-stage, assets in therapeutic areas such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular & renal disease," it added. Woodford made no mention of Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO) in the letter, a company he invested in last year. Woodford Investment Management, established in 2014, describes itself as the "the opportunity for Neil Woodford, one of the UK's most highly-regarded fund managers, to distil his 30 years of experience and learning into a business founded on his own principles." Reference Link
February 4, 2016
08:09 EDTIMGNImmunoGen, Merck establish collaboration for Mirvetuximab Soravtansine, Keytruda
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February 2, 2016
08:59 EDTALKSLeerink views doc checks as positive for ACADIA, Neurocrine
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08:36 EDTALNYPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:15 EDTEPZMCanaccord to hold a conference
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February 1, 2016
12:13 EDTIMGNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
08:03 EDTALNYAlnylam completes enrollment in APOLLO Phase 3 study with Patisiran
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07:37 EDTARIAARIAD announces FDA clearance to begin development of AP32788
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07:27 EDTXLRNAcceleron coverage assumed with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
January 29, 2016
07:59 EDTALKSAlkermes management to meet with JPMorgan
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06:32 EDTIMGNImmunoGen backs FY16 revenue $70M-$80M, consensus $75.14M
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06:31 EDTIMGNImmunoGen reports Q2 EPS (38c), consensus (36c)
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January 28, 2016
14:29 EDTIMGNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:13 EDTALKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 26, 2016
10:06 EDTALKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT GNC ALKS CALM NFLX CREE FFIV COH ISRG IBM
06:33 EDTIMGNImmunoGen earns milestone payment from Bayer related to BAY 94-9343
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January 25, 2016
07:01 EDTALKSAlkermes announces initiation of Phase 1 ALKS 7119 study
Alkermes announced the initiation of a phase 1 clinical study of ALKS 7119, an oral, investigational drug candidate being developed for the treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease and other central nervous system indications. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of single ascending doses of ALKS 7119 in approximately 60 healthy subjects. ALKS 7119 is a novel small molecule that acts on multiple key receptor systems in the brain. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-cohort, phase 1 study will investigate the safety and tolerability of single ascending doses of ALKS 7119 following oral administration in approximately 60 healthy male adults. The study will also include a battery of psychometric assessments, which are intended to provide preliminary insight into the potential human pharmacodynamic response. Results from this phase 1 study are expected in the second half of 2016.
January 24, 2016
11:02 EDTALKSStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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