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ACHN

Achillion

$4.21

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Achillion Pharmaceuticals attracts put buyers as implied volatility moves higher

Achillion Pharmaceuticals attracts put buyers as implied volatility moves higher. The stock down 6c to $4.15 and small lots of Aug 4 puts trade for 25 and 30c per contract. 4.4K trade total and the new positions capture earnings 8/8. 30-day implied volatility is moving up 6.5% to 52-week highs of 88 ahead of the results. IV in the August term now exceeds 100%.

ACHN Achillion
$4.21

0.09 (2.18%)

04/24/17
BARD
04/24/17
NO CHANGE
Target $5
BARD
Outperform
Achillion price target lowered to $5 from $10 at Baird
Baird analyst Brian Skorney lowered his price target on Achillion (ACHN) to $5 from $10 on its disappointing Hep-C results, which indicated a weakness when it comes to genotype 3 patients. Although he expects partner Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to push the trial into Phase 3, he think it makes the regimen a more difficult sell with other drugs offering genotype 3 efficacy. Skorney maintained his Outperform rating on Achillion shares.
04/25/17
JMPS
04/25/17
NO CHANGE
JMPS
Johsnson &Johnson data positive for Achillion, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities analyst Liisa Bayko says that data on a triple combination HCV treatment presented by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) yesterday is positive for Achillion (ACHN). The analyst noted that the triple combination includes Achillion's odalasvir and that the six week treatment regimen is shorter than the eight weeks required for Gilead's (GILD) Harvoni. The analyst says that Achillion's stock dropped sharply yesterday because there was disappointment over the combination's efficacy in genotype 3 patients. However, she says that such patients only represent 10% of the total, and she says that Achillion can "conservatively" obtain peak royalty revenue of about $100M from its drug. Bayko keeps a $13 price target and an Outperform rating on the shares.
04/25/17
MAXM
04/25/17
NO CHANGE
Target $5
MAXM
Buy
Achillion price target lowered to $5 from $8 at Maxim
Maxim analyst Jason Kolbert said phase 2 trial results demonstrated that Achillion's (ACHN) triple combination of simeprevir, odalasvir and AL-335 has the ability to shorten treatment duration, be generally well tolerated and offer high efficacy for hepatitis C virus genotype 1 patients. While Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is likely to move forward with this regimen, allowing Achillion to realize milestones, Kolbert has removed any royalties from his model as he expects others to dominate the landscape with "near perfect" regimens. Kolbert lowered his price target on Achillion to $5 from $8 but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
05/18/17
LEER
05/18/17
UPGRADE
Target $6
LEER
Outperform
Achillion upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Leerink analyst Joseph Schwartz upgraded Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and raised his price target for the shares to $6 from $4. The analyst sees limited downside from current share levels even if the complement study fails, assuming the hepatitis C virus partnership with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) remains intact. Schwartz assigned a "conservative" 33% probability of success to Achillion's complement program due to the lack of precedent for an oral small molecule inhibitor of complement factor D that is selective enough to avoid off target effects. He believes risks to successful ACH-4471 development are fully discounted in Achillion's current stock price.

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