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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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May 27, 2015
05:49 EDTMRKStocks with implied volatility movement; MRK EFA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Merck (MRK) 19, iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA) 16 according to iVolatility.
May 26, 2015
16:01 EDTMRKOptions Update; May 26, 2015
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06:36 EDTMRKMerck announces Simponi received CHMP positive opinion
MSD, known as Merck & Co., in the U.S. and Canada, announced that SIMPONI has received CHMP positive opinion for the treatment of adult patients with severe, active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis with objective signs of inflammation as indicated by elevated C-reactive protein, or CRP, and/or magnetic resonance imaging evidence, who have had an inadequate response to, or are intolerant to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Once the EU commission issues their EC decision, and if approved, nr-axial SpA patients can be considered for the once-monthly subcutaneous injection with SIMPONI.
May 22, 2015
10:52 EDTMRKJPMorgan says Actavis shares cheap compared to peers
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07:22 EDTMRKMerck receives positive CHMP opinion for Pembrolizumab in advanced melanoma
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07:15 EDTMRKMerck receives positive CHMP opinion for KEYTRUDA in advanced melanoma
Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of advanced melanoma, as both first-line therapy and in previously treated patients. The CHMP positive opinion for KEYTRUDA, which is based on data in more than 1,500 adult patients with advanced melanoma, will now be reviewed by the European Commission for central marketing authorization in the European Union.
May 19, 2015
07:28 EDTMRKUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:55 EDTMRKGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
May 14, 2015
09:22 EDTMRKLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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