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Ionis Pharmaceuticals

$36.38

0.72 (2.02%)

06:34
10/06/16
10/06
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10/06/16
06:34

Ionis Pharmaceuticals upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital

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IONS Ionis Pharmaceuticals
$36.38

0.72 (2.02%)

09/26/16
PIPR
09/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $46
PIPR
Overweight
Ionis nusinersen program advancing faster than expected, says Piper Jaffray
After Biogen (BIIB) and Ionis (IONS) announced that Biogen has completed the rolling submission of a New Drug Application to the U.S. FDA for the approval of nusinersen, an investigational treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said that the nusinersen program is advancing faster than many have expected. Nusinersen may launch before AveXis (AVXS) starts its next Phase 3 trial, added Schimmer, who believes nusinersen will emerge as a multi-billion dollar product. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating and $46 price target on Ionis shares.
09/28/16
JEFF
09/28/16
NO CHANGE
Target $50
JEFF
Buy
Jefferies parent survey shows interest in AveXis pivotal trial
Jefferies analyst Biren Amin conducted a survey of parents of spinal muscular atrophy patients amid investor questions surrounding AveXis' (AVXS) ability to enroll a pivotal trial with AVXS-101 given the open access program with nusinersen, the investigational drug being developed by Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) and Biogen (BIIB). Parents value the option of nusinersen treatment but are also willing to enroll in clinical trials of AVXS-101, Amin tells investors in a research note, citing his survey of seven parents. A single arm trial of AVXS-101 was the most preferred clinical trial design for the upcoming Phase 3 of AVXS-101, he added. The analyst believes his parent responses suggest excitement over nusinersen but also a willingness to enroll into the AVXS-101 trials, especially if it is a single-arm trial. Parents were also attracted to AVXS-101 intravenous delivery, which could be a "meaningful advantage," Amin contends. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on AveXis with a $50 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 88c to $41.00. Amin caused a rally in AveXis shares on September 19 when writing about finding a video online of a spinal muscular atrophy baby walking that he believed to be a patient in the company's trial of AVXS-101.
09/28/16
JANY
09/28/16
INITIATION
Target $47
JANY
Buy
Ionis Pharmaceuticals initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital analyst Roy Buchanan initiated Ionis Pharmaceuticals with a Buy and a $47 fair value estimate. Buchanan believes the late stage pipeline, including wholly-owned volanesorsen, and the base technology can add meaningful value to Ionis. 1H 2017 is particularly rich with 3 phase 3 readouts, with potential for another early, interim look at SMA.
10/04/16
RBCM
10/04/16
NO CHANGE
Target $375
RBCM
Outperform
Biogen could rise $20 or more per share on SMA success, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee expects the first presentation of data from Biogen's (BIIB) Phase III ENDEAR trial studying nusinersen, an investigational treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, this week, potentially during the late breaker session at the WMS Congress on October 8. Biogen and partner Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) already announced in August that the study in Type I infants hit the interim analysis and stopped early for positive data. The much larger opportunity in older children has data expected to read out in Spring 2017, noted Yee, who thinks Biogen can have upside from $10 to over $20 per share based on its SMA opportunity. Yee keeps an Outperform rating and $375 price target on Biogen shares.

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