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  • July 24- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by cost controls and strong sales of its Eliquis blood clot preventer and Yervoy treatment for melanoma. Sales of Eliquis, which Bristol-Myers co-markets with Pfizer Inc, rose to $171 million.

  • July 24- Eli Lilly and Co's quarterly revenue plunged due to generic competition for its Cymbalta depression drug and its Evista osteoporosis treatment, but cost controls helped earnings beat forecasts.

  • Bristol 2Q net drops on lower drug sales, charges Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.' s exit from the diabetes business, plus higher taxes and research spending, combined to slash the drugmaker's second-quarter profit by 38 percent, but the company handily beat Wall Street's muted profit expectations.

  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. "I don't care if it's legal," Obama declared.

  • LONDON, July 23- GlaxoSmithKline cut its 2014 earnings outlook after sales fell by a worse-than-expected 13 percent in the second quarter as its all-important lung drugs struggled in the United States and a strong pound took a bite out of growth.

  • UPDATE 2-GSK warns on profits as weak lung drug sales hit Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:12 AM ET

    LONDON, July 23- GlaxoSmithKline cut its 2014 earnings outlook after sales fell by a worse-than-expected 13 percent in the second quarter as its all-important lung drugs struggled in the United States and a strong pound took a bite out of growth.

  • LONDON, July 22- European shares bounced back on Tuesday on some strong earnings reports and after signs of cooperation between Russia and other nations in investigating the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

  • European shares bounce back as Ukraine tension ease Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    LONDON, July 22- European shares rose on Tuesday on some strong earnings reports and signs of improved cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels over the Malaysian Airlines plane shot down four days ago.

  • Dems press blocks on corporate tax inversions plans Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    Democrats, searching for campaign issues before November's congressional elections, have jumped on inversions, and several of them have offered bills that would curb the deals.

  • *ARM Holdings surges after strong results. LONDON, July 22- European equities bounced back on Tuesday partly in response to signs of improved cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels who have agreed to hand over the black boxes from the Malaysian plane downed in Ukraine last week.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress on Wednesday to take steps quickly to discourage U.S. companies from moving their tax domiciles abroad to avoid federal taxes. "Congress should enact legislation immediately," Lew told a business conference in New York hosted by cable television channel CNBC.

  • *Three ex-GSK staff seek labour arbitration in Shanghai. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, July 16- Three former Chinese employees of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which is embroiled in a long-running corruption probe in China, are seeking compensation for illegal dismissal from their jobs, a lawyer representing them told Reuters.

  • *Sanofi mulls fate of 200 older drugs including Plavix. *Sanofi also held talks with TPG and Warburg Pincus. PARIS, July 16- Sanofi has held talks with Abbott Laboratories, Mylan and private equity firms over the possible sale of a 6.3 billion euro portfolio of mature drugs, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.

  • *Three ex-GSK staff seek labour arbitration in Shanghai. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, July 16- Three former Chinese employees of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which is embroiled in a long-running corruption probe in China, are seeking compensation for illegal dismissal from their jobs, a lawyer representing them told Reuters.

  • FACTBOX-M&A frenzy transforming global pharma Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    July 14- Several multi-billion dollar deals and bids have made 2014 a busy year for healthcare acquisitions, despite Pfizer pulling its $118 billion offer for AstraZeneca.

  • *AbbVie raises bid to 53.20/ share from 51.15. *Bid comprises 24.44 stg cash and 0.8960 new AbbVie shares. LONDON, July 14- London- listed drugmaker Shire Plc succumbed to an increased 31 billion pounds takeover offer from Abbvie Inc on Monday, signaling the conclusion to a long-running courtship largely motivated by tax.

  • NEW YORK, July 12- Shire Plc is seeking a higher takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc that would value the company at about 31 billion pounds, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Allergan to shareholders: Ignore Pershing Square Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 6:31 PM ET
    A vial of Allergan’s Botox is arranged next to boxes for a photograph at a doctor's office in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    Allergan told its stockholders not to respond to Pershing Square Capital Management's proposal to replace a majority of the board.