Posts tagged Stephen Willey
Stifel ups Tetraphase to buy

Stifel upgraded Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TTPH) to “buy” from “hold” and raised its price target to $15 from $8 after the company reported positive top-line results of the IGNITE4 clinical trial evaluating its eravacycline in patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI). The stock closed at $6.90 on July 25.

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Stifel downgrades Ocera Therapeutics to hold

Stifel downgraded Ocera Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OCRX) to “hold” from “buy” and slashed its price target to $1 from $9 after the company reported top-line results from a Phase 2b study evaluating ornithine phenylacetate (OCR-002) in hospitalized patients with hepatic encephalopathy (HE).

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Stifel starts Xenon Pharma at buy

Stifel initiated coverage of Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE) with a “buy” rating and $18 price target. The stock closed at $8.35 on Oct. 20.

Analyst Stephen Willey writes that Xenon has successfully leveraged its Extreme Genetics drug discovery platform, which identifies single-gene defects responsible for severe human phenotypes, into a maturing pipeline of both partnered and wholly-owned product candidates on the precipice of achieving proof-of-concept inflection points.

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Stifel downgrades Keryx to hold

Stifel downgraded Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX) to “hold” from “buy” and removed its price target after the company announced an imminent supply disruption with its Auryxia product. The stock closed at $4.72 on Monday.

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Stifel starts Celator Pharma at buy

Stifel has initiated coverage of Celator Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CPXX) with a “buy” rating and a 12-month target price of $23. The stock closed at $15.52 on Thursday.

Analyst Stephen Willey writes that recently-announced Phase 3 data, demonstrating Vyxeos confers a statistically-significant improvement in overall survival versus traditional cytarabine/daunorubicin chemotherapy (“7+3”) in patients aged 60-to-75 with high-risk/secondary acute myeloid leukemia (AML), represents the first meaningful therapeutic advancement in AML since conventional “7+3” chemotherapy became the backbone of intensive induction therapy more than 40 years ago.

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