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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTACTMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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13:31 EDTCOVCovidien announces mailing of definitive joint proxy statement, prospectus
Covidien (COV) announced, for purposes of the Irish Takeover Rules, that the definitive joint proxy statement of Covidien and Medtronic (MDT), which also serves as a prospectus of Medtronic Holdings Limited and comprises Covidienís scheme circular required under Irish law is being sent today to Covidien and Medtronic shareholders. As previously announced, on June 15, Covidien and Medtronic entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Medtronic Holdings Limited, a new holding company incorporated in Ireland that will be renamed Medtronic plc, will acquire Covidien and Medtronic. The joint proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about the transaction for shareholders of both companies, as well as notices of the shareholder meetings and instructions on voting online, by mail, by telephone or in person.
08:34 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $310 from $285 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Actavis (ACT) after the company agreed to buy Allergan (AGN). The firm thinks the deal will create a strong competitor in the pharmaceutical industry. It keeps a Buy rating on Actavis.
November 20, 2014
10:28 EDTTEVASenate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging holds a hearing entitled, "Why Are Some Generic Drugs Skyrocketing In Price?" with President & CEO Vigodman of Teva Pharmaceutical and President & CEO Bedrosian of Lannett Company on November 20 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
07:42 EDTTEVAIntellipharmaceutics notes launch of 5mg strength Focalin XR by Teva
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07:33 EDTENDPEndo launches generic version of Hoffmann-La Roche's Valcyte
Endo's Qualitest subsidiary has launched a generic version of Hoffmann-La Roche's Valcyte. For the 12 months ending September 30, Valcyte had total U.S. sales of approximately $440M, according to IMS Health data.
07:22 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $323 from $291 at RBC Capital
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07:11 EDTACTBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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05:14 EDTCOVCovidien achieves CE Mark for Nellcor Bedside SpO2 Patient Monitoring System
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November 19, 2014
10:21 EDTENDPHigh option volume stocks
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08:15 EDTCOVMedtronic reported solid Q2 results, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that Medtronic's (MDT) sales growth accelerated to 5%, and the firm thinks the company's market share of the ICD market is poised to increase next quarter. Bernstein views Medtronic as "a strong buy" into the close of its acquisition of Covidien (COV). The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on Medtronic.
07:33 EDTENDPEndo, Auxilium receive early termination of HSR waiting period for deal
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06:54 EDTCOVMedtronic reiterated as a top pick at JPMorgan
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November 18, 2014
16:26 EDTACTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:34 EDTACTActavis rallies after analysts push targets north of $300
Shares of drug maker Actavis (ACT) are climbing after a number of analysts cheered the company's acquisition of Allergan (AGN), and activist investor Bill Ackman said he supported the transaction, according to CNBC. WHAT'S NEW: Piper Jaffray analyst David Amsellem responded to Actavis' acquisition of Allergan by hiking his price target on the name to $338 from $280. The combined company has durable assets, a cost-efficient infrastructure, and the willingness to maintain a strong R&D infrastructure, contended Amsellem. Actavis' price-to-earnings ratio is likely to increase, since it has durable assets, while it his very likely to sustain growth of at least 10%, the analyst added. He kept an Overweight rating on the shares. Also extremely upbeat on Actavis following the deal was UBS analyst Marc Goodman. Actavis provides "the best value in the sector" following the deal, as the transaction should accelerate the company's revenue and profit growth, Goodman believes. That growth, in turn, should propel Actavis' price-to-earnings multiple higher, the analyst predicted. He hiked his price target on Actavis to $333 from $278 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Pershing Square's Bill Ackman said that he supported Actavis' takeover of Allergan, CNBC reported this morning. The owner of a large stake in Allergan, Ackman had been trying to get the drug maker to sell itself to Valeant (VRX). The activist investor said today that he would no longer push Allergan to hold a special meeting on December 18, CNBC noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Actavis surged 7.5% to $266.50, while Allergan gained 2% to $214.
12:08 EDTCOVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:22 EDTTEVATeva patent victory over Warner Chilcott, Roche affirmed
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a district court was correct to grant summary judgment to Teva (TEVA) in a patent dispute with Warner Chilcott and Roche (RHHBY) over patents related to osteoporosis drug risedronate.
10:26 EDTACTAckman to withdraw Allergan special meeting request, CNBC reports
Bill Ackman said he will withdraw his request for an Allergan (AGN) special meeting and that he supports the company's planned transaction with Actavis (ACT), according to CNBC's Scott Wapner. Reference Link
10:08 EDTTEVATeva calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Teva November 57 and 58 calls are active on total call volume of 21K contracts (2K puts) following renewed takeover chatter. November call option implied volatility is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:47 EDTTEVARumor: Teva moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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09:08 EDTCOVMedtronic says regulatory processes for Covidien deal 'all on track'
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08:59 EDTACTActavis deal positive, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee believes that the friendly nature of Actavis' (ACT) takeover of Allergan (AGN) will enable the combined companies to achieve greater revenue growth. The firm thinks the deal will enable the companies to integrate seamlessly, and it thinks that CEO Brent Saunders' experience at Forest and Bausch & Lomb will help him manage Allergan's leading ophthalmology franchises. Sterne keeps a Buy rating on Actavis.
08:00 EDTTEVATeva launches liquid formulation of TREANDA injection in the U.S.
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07:48 EDTACTValeant not likely to raise bid for Allergan, says Canaccord
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07:41 EDTACTActavis provides best value in pharmaceutical sector, says UBS
UBS believes Actavis (ACT) provides the best value in the pharmaceutical sector following its deal to acquire Allergan (AGN). The firm pointed to the double digit accretion to earnings, synergies, and very attractive current valuation. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Acatvis and raised its price target to $333 from $278.
07:20 EDTCOVMedtronic confirms commitment to Covidien transaction
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06:40 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $338 from $280 at Piper Jaffray
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06:18 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $310 from $290 at Leerink
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06:15 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $310 from $250 at Citigroup
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November 17, 2014
16:24 EDTACTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were quiet and traded in a fairly narrow range for their sixth straight session, despite a "merger Monday" that saw over $100B in deals announced. The Dow and S&P, which began the week near record levels, passed back and forth across the flat line several times during the day, though the Nasdaq weakened early in the session and never really recovered. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production fell 0.1% in October, missing expectations for it to have risen 0.2% from the prior month. October capacity utilization came in at 78.9%, which fell short of the expected 79.3% rate. The Empire State manufacturing index, which reflects manufacturing activity in the New York region, rose 4 points to 10.2 in November, which was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. In Asia, Japan's GDP unexpectedly shrank an annualized 1.6% last quarter, missing projections for a 2.2% gain and sinking its economy into a recession. COMPANY NEWS: Actavis (ACT) gained $4.17, or 1.71%, to $247.94 after confirming that it agreed to acquire Allergan (AGN) for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares valued at approximately $66B, or $219 per Allergan share. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), which had been in a contentious fight to buy Allergan, commented that it "cannot justify to its own shareholders" paying a price of $219 or more per share for the Botox maker, whose stock rose $10.55, or 5.31%, to $209.20... Halliburton (HAL), conversely, fell $5.85, or 10.62%, to $49.23 after it agreed to acquire Baker Hughes (BHI) in a stock and cash transaction valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an enterprise value of $38B. When the deal talks were first reported by The Wall Street Journal last week, antitrust concerns were highlighted by analysts, but Halliburton said it had agreed to divest businesses that generate up to $7.5B in revenues, if required by regulators, and agreed to pay a fee of $3.5B if the transaction terminates due to a failure to obtain required approvals. Baker Hughes rose $5.34, or 8.92%, to $65.23 after the deal was announced. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX), which advanced $4.09, or 28.88%, to $18.25 after the company reported it saw a statistically significant overall survival benefit, along with an increase in clinically meaningful tumor shrinkage, in a sub-group of its study of a drug to treat a specific type of brain tumor. Also higher was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $1.01, or 17.75%, to $6.70 after the company announced additional data on secondary endpoints from its second Phase 3 study of its treatment for Fabry disease. Among the noteworthy losers was William Lyon Homes (WLH), which fell $3.52, or 15.53%, to $19.14 after the company announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, 1M tangible equity units, which will consist of a prepaid stock purchase contract and an amortizing note. Also lower were shares of DreamWorks (DWA), which dropped $3.71, or 14.26%, to $22.31 after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. INDEXES: The Dow gained 13.01, or 0.07%, to 17,647.75, the Nasdaq lost 17.54, or 0.37%, to 4,671.00, and the S&P 500 added 1.50, or 0.07%, to 2,041.32.
15:40 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $286 from $227 at BMO Capital
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12:27 EDTACTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTACTActavis, Allergan deal 'great' for both companies, says BMO Capital
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11:14 EDTACTActavis says 2017 EPS goal of $25 does not include 'transformational' M&A
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09:39 EDTACTActavis CEO says 'aspirational goal' is to grow EPS to $25 by 2017
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09:34 EDTACTCombined Actavis-Allergan to be led by Actavis CEO Saunders
Actavis (ACT) and Allergan (AGN) said The combined company will be led by Brent Saunders, CEO and President of Actavis, and Paul Bisaro will remain Executive Chairman of the Board. The integration of the two companies will be led by the senior management teams of both companies, with integration planning to begin immediately in order to transition rapidly to a single company. Additionally, two members of the Allergan board of directors will be invited to join the Actavis Board of Directors following the completion of the transaction.
09:32 EDTACTValeant says cannot justify paying $219 per share for Allergan
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) commented on the announcement that Allergan (AGN) and Actavis (ACT) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire all outstanding shares of Allergan stock: "We have seen the announcement that Allergan and Actavis have made, and while we will review any such agreement in determining our course of action, Valeant cannot justify to its own shareholders paying a price of $219 or more per share for Allergan. Our business is performing extremely well as evidenced by our third quarter results, our expected strong fourth quarter, and our robust outlook for 2015, and I am confident in our continued ability to generate exceptional shareholder value. We will remain focused on delivering strong organic results and evaluating acquisition opportunities as we always have: prudently, in a disciplined manner, and in the best interests of our shareholders."
09:29 EDTACTActavis to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the acquisition of Allergan will be held on November 17 at 10:30 am. Webcast Link
09:24 EDTACTAllergan up over 5% to $209 after agreeing to be acquired by Actavis
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09:22 EDTACTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:21 EDTACTActavis, Allergan transaction subject to approval of shareholders of both
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09:20 EDTACTActavis projects at least $1.8B in annual synergies from Allergan transaction
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09:18 EDTACTActavis sees free cash flow over $8B in 2016 following Allergan acquisition
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09:16 EDTACTActavis confirms deal to acquire Allergan for $219 in cash, stock
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09:15 EDTACTActavis confirms deal to acquire Allergan for $219 in cash and shares
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09:10 EDTACTActavis buying Allergan for $219 per share, CNBC reports
08:16 EDTABTZoetis to purchase assets of Abbott Animal Health for about $255M
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08:15 EDTABTZoetis to purchase assets of Abbott Animal Health for about $255M
08:02 EDTACTActavis completes Durata Therapeutics tender offer
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06:05 EDTACTActavis close to buying Allergan for over $64B, Bloomberg reports
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November 16, 2014
14:02 EDTACTAllergan, Actavis move closer to deal, WSJ reports
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTCOVPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTACTThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
12:53 EDTACTOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
12:43 EDTCOVMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, WSJ reports
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11:50 EDTCOVMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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09:38 EDTENDPJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
07:32 EDTACTHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 13, 2014
18:07 EDTCOVCovidien' VenaSeal closure system shows positive results
Covidien announced the six-month results of the VeClose pivotal study of the safety and effectiveness of the VenaSeal closure system in patients with chronic venous insufficiency having symptomatic reflux in the great saphenous vein. The VeClose randomized controlled non-inferiority study compared the safety and effectiveness of the VenaSeal system to that of the ClosureFast endovenous radiofrequency ablation catheter. Covidien's ClosureFast catheter is an endovenous radiofrequency ablation catheter designed to collapse and close enlarged leg veins. The VenaSeal system is not approved and currently limited to investigational use in the U.S. At three months, the complete closure of the great saphenous veins achieved in more than 98.9% of patients treated with the VenaSeal system compared to 95.6% of patients treated with the ClosureFast catheter. The closure rate at six months was 98.9% and 94.3%.
13:27 EDTCOVMedtronic likely to continue to make new highs, Barron's says
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10:44 EDTACTMallinckrodt news on generic Concerta positive for Actavis, says BMO Capital
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08:15 EDTACTActavis' sNDA for bipolar disorder candidate Saphris accepted by FDA
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07:23 EDTACTValeant wooing doctors ahead of hoped for Allergan acquisition, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
10:09 EDTACTActavis in talks to buy Allergan for over $200 per share, Bloomberg says
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10:01 EDTACTActavis in talks to buy Allergan for $60B, more than $200/share Bloomberg says
Actavis (ACT) is said to seek to pay about $200 per share, but Allergan (AGN) seeks about $210 per share, according to Bloomberg.
November 11, 2014
08:32 EDTACTValeant likely to raise offer for Allergan again, says Bernstein
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07:24 EDTCOVMedtronic submits commitments to EU related to Covidien merger
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November 10, 2014
16:34 EDTACTActavis appoints Maria Teresa Hilado as CFO
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15:54 EDTCOVAmerican Society of Nephrology to hold a conference
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08:36 EDTCOVBSD Medical names Clint Carnell as president and CEO
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08:17 EDTENDPEndo receives final approval for generic version of Valcyte
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