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February 3, 2014
12:25 EDTGMED, COV, WMGI, SNN, SYK, NUVA, ARTC, ZMH, JNJAnother bidder may emerge for ArthroCare, says William Blair
William Blair says it would not be surprised to see another bidder emerge for ArthroCare (ARTC). The firm lists Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Stryker (SYK)) as the most likely to submit a competing bid to Smith & Nephew's (SNN), and notes Biomet, Zimmer (ZMH) and Covidien (COV) could also have interest in the company. Should the deal for ArthroCare close as currently contemplated, William Blair thinks peers Globus Medical (GMED), NuVasive (NUVA) and Wright Medical (WMGI) could be takeover targets.
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July 15, 2014
08:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says innovation sustaining long-term growth
Says MD&D progressing well towards 30 major filings by 2017. In Pharmaceuticals, sees 10 new products and 25 significant line extensions planned by 2017. Sees ~4.5% CAGR expected for WW prescription drug sales through 2017, despite potential headwinds. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $8.5B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Domestic sales up 14.9% to $9.13B
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 EPS excluding items $1.66, consensus $1.55
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July 14, 2014
15:24 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTJNJ Johnson & Johnson July 105 straddle priced for 1.6% move into Q2
14:27 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J pharmaceutical sales expected to drive Q2
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $18.94B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.61 on revenue of $18.55B-$19.30B. LAST QUARTER: Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter EPS of $1.54 against estimates of $1.48 on revenue of $18.1B against estimates of $18B. The drug maker raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.80-$5.90 against a consensus estimate of $5.83. J&J noted a 3.2% decrease in worldwide consumer sales in Q1 but saw a 10.8% increase in worldwide pharmaceutical sales. Primary contributors to operational sales growth in Q1 pharmaceutical sales were Stelara, Invega, Sustenna/Xeplion, Prezista, Velcade and sales of new products. Pharmaceutical sales results were negatively impacted by loss of exclusivity for Aciphex, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrointestinal disorders and Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STREET RESEARCH: On July 14, RBC Capital raised its Q2 estimates for Johnson & Johnson to reflect the firm's outlook for higher pharmaceutical sales by the company. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $110 from $106 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are up approximately 8.5% since its last earnings report, and are trading near flat in afternoon trading.
12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
10:00 EDTCOVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:12 EDTCOVCovidien downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:31 EDTCOVCovidien downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
July 11, 2014
13:06 EDTWMGIWright Medical August volatility elevated into expect FDA decision
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07:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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07:19 EDTWMGIWright Medical risk/reward favorable ahead of FDA decision, says JPMorgan
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July 10, 2014
09:06 EDTZMHBofA/Merrill remains bullish on Zimmer
BofA/Merrill said BMET reported solid Q4 results, which bode well for Zimmer (ZMH). The firm rates ZImmer a Buy with a $125 price target and a best idea.
06:42 EDTZMH, SYK, SNNBiomet reports Q4 net sales up 7.7% to $844.5M
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July 8, 2014
09:34 EDTSNNSmith & Nephew cited by FDA in warning letter following inspection
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07:04 EDTCOVCovidien added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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