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Fly News Breaks for February 26, 2020
Feb 26, 2020 | 05:04 EDT
Baird analyst Brian Skorney downgraded Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) to Neutral from Outperform with an unchanged price target of $410. The stock closed Tuesday up 4% to $442.35. The analyst appreciates the "tailwind granted by safety concerns" related to Eylea competitor, Novartis' (NVS) Beovu, he notes the shares are up 50% since his August 2019 upgrade. While the fall of Beovu certainly near-term pressure on Eylea market share, this has now been accounted for in the share price, Skorney tells investors in a research note. Skorney adds that while Dupixent and Regeneron's pipeline "continue to look good," he prefers to take a "wait and see approach."
News For REGN;NVS From the Last 2 Days
Jun 5, 2020 | 14:11 EDT
Preliminary research involving 19 patients shows signs that AstraZeneca's (AZN) blood cancer drug Calquence may help hospitalized COVID-19 patients get through the worst of the disease, Reuters reported, citing results in a paper co-authored by the drugmaker's head of oncology research. The executive, Jose Baselga, told Reuters: "These patients were in a very unstable situation, they would have had a dire prognosis ... Within one to three days the majority of these patients got better in terms of ventilation and oxygen needs." Other autoimmune disease drugs that are being tested for their ability to combat the over-reaction of the immune system, known as "cytokine storm," that is seen in severe COVID-19 cases include Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi's (SNY) Kevzara, Roche's (RHHBY) Actemra and Morphosys (MOR) and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) otilimab, the report noted. Reference Link
Jun 3, 2020 | 08:08 EDT
Genmab's (GMAB) partner Novartis (NVS) announced yesterday that the Prescription Drug User Fee Act approval decision date on ofatumumab for treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis had been pushed back three months to September 20, H.C. Wainwright analyst Raghuram Selvaraju tells investors in a research note. Since the analyst always assumed that royalty-based revenues from ofatumumab sales in the U.S. would only begin accruing to Genmab starting in early 2021, he does not view the delay as impactful and is not making any changes to forecasts. Selvaraju, who notes that Novartis continues to expect ofatumumab approval for the MS indication in Europe during Q2 of 2021, reiterates a Buy rating on Genmab with a $34 price target.