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GILD

Gilead

$69.06

0.52 (0.76%)

, ICPT

Intercept

$125.23

0.03 (0.02%)

09:45
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Citigroup biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call

Biotech Analysts discuss the Gilead vs Intercept NASH debate, which company has the better Farnesoid X Receptor (FXR) program and better development strategy, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 10 am.

GILD

Gilead

$69.06

0.52 (0.76%)

ICPT

Intercept

$125.23

0.03 (0.02%)

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GILD Gilead
$69.06

0.52 (0.76%)

03/13/17
FBCO
03/13/17
NO CHANGE
Target $174
FBCO
Outperform
Incyte price target raised to $174 from $136 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Kennen MacKay raised his price target for Incyte (INCY) to $174 upon shifting to an M&A discounted cash flow net present value methodology. Incyte rallied late in the day on Friday amid speculation of a takeover by Gilead Sciences (GILD). Incyte could provide an attractive entry into immuno-oncology for an acquirer, MacKay tells investors in a research note. The company's epacadostat could be a "scarce immuno-oncology backbone blockbuster," the analyst contends. He anticipates "significant interest" in Incyte for this reason. MacKay keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
03/09/17
UBSW
03/09/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $72
UBSW
Neutral
Gilead transferred with a Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Gilead Sciences to Neutral after transferring coverage to Carter Gould. The company's hepatitis C sales have declined steadily since 2015 on decreased patient volume and pricing pressure, Gould told investors last night in a research note. The analyst believes Gilead's HCV sales need to stabilize before the stock moves higher. He cut his firm's price target for the shares to $72 from $118.
03/06/17
FBCO
03/06/17
NO CHANGE
FBCO
Near-Term acquisition of Bristol-Myers unlikely, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Vamil Divan says there is increasing investor focus on strategic actions and opportunities around Bristol-Myers (BMY) following the company's recent stumbles and the increased stake activist investors have taken in the stock. The analyst notes that "the big question" remains whether any of its peers may be interested in an outright acquisition, with Pfizer (PFE), Novartis (NVS) and Gilead (GILD) among the possible acquirers. While the numbers may make sense, Divan sees an acquisition in the next 9-12 months as unlikely as he needs more clarity on some of the large unknowns in the lung cancer market and macro issues such as corporate tax reform.
02/24/17
LEER
02/24/17
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LEER
Merck write-down suggests 'rest of Idenix' is now 'very small,' says Leerink
Leerink analyst Geoffrey Porges notes that Merck (MRK) announced that it is taking a $2.9B impairment charge against the value of uprifosbuvir, or MK3682, which is the most important of the Hepatitis C nucleotide polymerase inhibitors it acquired from Idenix. The analyst believes this write-down suggests that the remaining value of the "rest of Idenix" is now very small. In addition to the delay for Merck's triple regimen, this impairment has "significant competitive implications" for Gilead (GILD) and AbbVie (ABBV), which are the most likely remaining participants in the HCV market, he adds.
ICPT Intercept
$125.23

0.03 (0.02%)

02/28/17
SBSH
02/28/17
NO CHANGE
Target $240
SBSH
Buy
Intercept price target lowered to $240 from $275 at Citi
Citi analyst Joel Beatty lowered his price target for Intercept Pharmaceuticals to $240 citing less upside potential over the next year with REGENERATE trial results still likely at least two years away. The analyst reiterates a Buy rating on Intercept, however, saying investors should get more comfortable that NASH is a "sizeable drug opportunity" as development of OCA and other NASH drugs advance.
02/24/17
BMOC
02/24/17
NO CHANGE
BMOC
Intercept price target raised to $221 from $198 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst M. Ian Somaiya raised his price target on Intercept as he believes that updated launch metrics on the company's Ocaliva drug suggest that 2017 sales of the product will exceed expectations. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
02/23/17
FBCO
02/23/17
NO CHANGE
FBCO
Intercept shares defended at Credit Suisse
02/10/17
MSCO
02/10/17
NO CHANGE
Target $75
MSCO
Underweight
Intercept price target lowered ot $75 from $80 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Andrew Berens said the changes to the RENGENERATE trial lower the bar and increase the probability of success but also reduce the prospect of a differentiated label. Berens said the amended trial design reduces the likelihood of Ocaliva emerging with a best-in-class status of fibrosis benefit and the slow enrollment suggests larger issues with NASH market development and challenges cultivating the NASH market commercially. The analyst lowered his price target on Intercept to $75 and reiterated his Underweight rating on Intercept shares.

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