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Novartis Ends Up With Positive Trend In Late-Stage Breast Cancer Study

News: Recently, Novartis (NYSE:NVS) announced that it had met the primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS) for a study treating patients with breast cancer. More specifically, these are patients with HR+/HER2- advanced breast cancer with PIK3CA mutations who progressed on or following treatment with an aromatase inhibitor with or without CDK4/6 inhibitors. This was a phase 3 study known as SOLAR-1 which was looking to see if BY719, also known as alpelisib, could achieve the primary endpoint of PFS. That is, to see if the combination of alpelisib and fulvestrant could improve in PFS over fulvestrant alone. The study achieved its endpoint as noted above, but the actual numbers for it won’t be released until a later time at a medical presentation.

Analysis: With these results on hand, Novartis anticipates that it will meet with regulatory authorities worldwide to get alpelisib in combination with fulvestrant approved to treat these advanced breast cancer patients. There are two items that are highly noteworthy about this study. The first being that this could end up being the first approved PI3K drug used to treat HR+ advanced breast cancer. Secondly, it is the first PI3K inhibitor to show an increased benefit and acceptable tolerability for patients. Why is the tolerabilty issue an important finding for this study? That’s because a majority of PI3K inhibitor drugs in the past have shown positive results but with a weak safety profile. Still, some believe that alpelisib could reach peak sales of $1.9 billion.

Best Biotech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ALNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) looked to be in a two-horse race to develop TTR amyloidosis (ATTR) drugs. Alnylam recently got its drug Onpattro approved, while Ionis Pharmaceuticals and its marketing partner Akcea Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKCA) should hear about Tegsedi by Oct. 6. Tegsedi was approved in the EU last month.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Onpattro, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:ALNY) first drug to treat hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR), the biotech held a conference call to go over the plan for launch. Here are three things management wants investors to know:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Alnylam’s (NASDAQ:ALNY) Onpattro is the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved RNAi therapy. However, competition is fast approaching and could make it difficult for Alnylam to pocket profits. Can Onpattro carve out significant sales as a treatment for polyneuropathy in hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis?

Best Biotech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    A distillery in a small Spanish town has claimed it invented the original Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) recipe and now wants recognition: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    Initial Jobless Claims For Week Ended May 25 221K vs 225K Economist Estimate, Down From 234K In Prior Week
    Personal Income Apr. Up 0.3%, Personal Spending Up 0.6%
    The Chicago PMI for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
    The pending home sales index for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
    The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on petroleum inventories will be released at 11:00 a.m. ET.
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic is set to speak at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    Fed Governor Lael Brainard will speak at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan is set to speak at 8:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Canaccord upgrades Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) from Hold to Buy
    Morgan Stanley upgrades Corning (NYSE: GLW) from Equal-Weight to Overweight
    Morgan Stanley downgrades Micron (NASDAQ: MU) from Overweight to Equal-Weight
    Cantor downgrades HealthEquity (NASDAQ: HQY) from Overweight to Neutral

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. cut its stake in shares of Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) by 16.9% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 8,962 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after selling 1,817 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.’s holdings in Biogen were worth $2,453,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) decreased slightly to 3.09 million shares from the previous 3.15 million. The stock recently traded at $344.57, within a 52-week range of $249.17 to $388.67.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB lifted its holdings in shares of Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) by 130.8% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 30,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 17,000 shares during the quarter. Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB’s holdings in Biogen were worth $10,599,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) decreased to 3.35 million shares from the previous 4.00 million. The stock recently traded at $342.33, within a 52-week range of $249.17 to $388.67.

Best Biotech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Hammer Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm purchased 16,988 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,136,000. Amgen makes up 2.7% of Hammer Asset Management LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 13th largest holding.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    The market for complex therapies that train living cells to attack cancer is taking baby steps, but there’s still a lot of enthusiasm for experimental drugs coming through the pipeline from bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) and it’s big biotech partner Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG). That enthusiasm fell a notch after Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) released exciting data from a handful of patients that suggests it’s found a much easier way to achieve the same goal. 

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The way to determine where a puck is going to be requires evaluating its direction and speed. I used a similar approach to identify five stocks with fast-growing dividends: Boeing (NYSE:BA), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN), and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV). Here’s why these stocks could be great picks for dividend-seeking investors.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    There’s a lot for investors to like about Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB). Both of these biotech stocks have produced tremendous returns over the past couple of decades, and the businesses they represent still generate enormous profits. 

Best Biotech Stocks To Buy Right Now: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Arqule Inc  (NASDAQ:ARQL)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 07, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) were down 5.4% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $4.71 and last traded at $4.73. Approximately 3,358,864 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 289% from the average daily volume of 863,008 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.00.

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