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October 27, 2011
14:07 EDTMRKEarnings Preview: Merck trading up ahead of Q3 earnings
Merck (MRK) is expected to report Q3 earnings before the market open on Friday, October 28 with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of 91c on revenue of $11.61B. The consensus range is 83c-93c for EPS, and $11.47B-$11.95B for revenue, according to First Call. In Q2, Merck reported in-line EPS and better-than-expected revenue. It also reported sales growth for Singular, Remicade, and Animal Health, while raising the full-year EPS to $3.68-$3.76. In its previous conference call, the company announced plans to reduce the workforce by 12%-13% by 2015. The measure would save the company $3.5B by the end of FY12. To accelerate the goal, the Associated Press reported the company may speed up the layoffs to reach that goal. In the previous quarter, Merck announced positive clinical results for several drugs: Isentress, Delura, Odanacatib, and Gardasil. In fact, the CDC voted to expand the use of Gardasil. Investors will also look for updates on the progress of its new type 2 diabetes treatment Juvisync, which recently received FDA approval. Meanwhile, the company signed various research and colloboration agreements with AbD Serotec, Serum Institute of India, and BGI. The company may also mention its sale of its 50% interest in the Johnson & Johnson-Merck joint venture for $175M. Merck was upgraded to Buy at Jeffries, citing valuation and capital allocation. Barron's also said Merck was attractive for its dividend yield, restructuring savings, and expansion in emerging markets.
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February 26, 2015
15:20 EDTMRKMerck says GARDASIL 9 recommended by CDC advisory committee
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09:41 EDTMRKHospira launches generic Remicade, WSJ says
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February 25, 2015
08:08 EDTMRKMerck to present new data from IMPROVE-IT, TRA 2P studies
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February 24, 2015
05:17 EDTMRKMerck collaborates with Medicines Patent Pool to expand Raltegravir access
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February 23, 2015
08:27 EDTMRKNGM Biopharmaceuticals to hold a teleconference
NGM Biopharm discusses the strategic collaboration with Merck to discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapeutics on a teleconference to be held on February 23 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGMs most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGMs efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
February 20, 2015
07:08 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
February 13, 2015
08:19 EDTMRKAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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