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November 26, 2012
10:23 EDTBSX, MDT, STJBoston Scientific rises after Citi sees Durata coming off market
Boston Scientific (BSX) is climbing after Citigroup analyst Matthew Dodds upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. Durata cables made by St. Jude (STJ), a Boston Scientific competitor, will likely be taken off the market within six months, Dodds believes. Earlier this year a study found that Durata cables can fray when they rub against another object. Boston Scientific will benefit significantly from the withdrawal of St. Jude's cables, which are used to connect defibrillators to the heart, Dodds wrote. If Durata cables are removed from the market, Boston Scientific would obtain 41% of the $338M in revenue that St. Jude would lose, the analyst predicted. Medtronic (MDT) will garner 29% of St. Jude's lost sales, adds Dodds. The analyst increased his price target on Boston Scientific to $7.30 from $5.30. In mid-morning trading, Boston Scientific climbed 19c, or 3.40%, to $5.78, while St. Jude fell 35c, or 1.09%, to $31.68.
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July 22, 2015
07:02 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical to acquire Thoratec for $63.50 per share, deal valued at $3.4B
St. Jude Medical (STJ) and Thoratec (THOR) announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which St. Jude Medical will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec for $63.50 per share in a cash transaction valued at approximately $3.4B, net of cash acquired. The all-cash transaction represents a premium of 40.1 percent compared to $45.34, Thoratec's volume-weighted average trading price for the 30 trading day period ending July 17, 2015, and a 35.4 percent premium to the closing price on Thoratec's last unaffected trading date on July 17, 2015 of $46.89. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Thoratec shareholders will receive $63.50 in cash, without interest, for each share of Thoratec common stock they own. The transaction is conditioned upon, among other things, Thoratec shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is not conditioned on financing. St. Jude Medical intends to fund the transaction through proceeds from additional bank term loan debt and senior unsecured notes. St. Jude Medical is committed to maintaining a strong investment grade rating. The merger agreement includes a “go-shop” period, during which Thoratec will actively solicit alternative proposals from third parties for the next 30 days continuing through August 20, 2015. The merger agreement provides for Thoratec to pay a termination fee of approximately $30 million to St. Jude Medical if Thoratec terminates the merger agreement in connection with a superior proposal that arose during the go-shop period and a termination fee of approximately $111 million if Thoratec terminates the merger agreement in connection with a superior proposal that arose following the go-shop period. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior proposal. Thoratec does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until its Board of Directors has made a decision with respect to any potential superior proposal. This transaction is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in 2016. St. Jude Medical also expects the combined company to capture revenue and technology synergies following the completion of this transaction. This acquisition positions St. Jude Medical to enter new markets totaling more than $1 billion that are expected to grow approximately 10 percent annually, benefitting St. Jude Medical’s sales growth profile beginning in 2016. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor to St. Jude Medical and has also provided fully committed financing. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is serving as legal counsel to St. Jude Medical. Guggenheim Securities is acting as financial advisor to Thoratec, and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal counsel. Centerview Partners provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Thoratec in connection with the transaction.
07:00 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical to acquire Thoratec for $63.50 per share, deal valued at $3.4B
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July 21, 2015
16:28 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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15:08 EDTSTJThoratec reaches all-time high after report of St. Jude takeover
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15:02 EDTSTJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
13:56 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical bid for Thoratec makes strategic sense, says JPMorgan
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12:40 EDTSTJSt. Jude in talks to acquire Thoratec, Bloomberg reports
St. Jude Medical (STJ) is in talks to acquire Thoratec (THOR), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the situation. Talks are ongoing and could still fall apart as no deal has been reached, Bloomberg adds. Thoratec shares spiked early in today's session, but a catalyst for the move was unclear before the Bloomberg report. Shares of the medical device maker focused on advanced heart failure patients are up $9.52 to $58.33 in midday trading. Its close competitor HeartWare (HTWR) is now up $5.53 to $84.70. Shares of St. Jude are up 4 to $76.61. Reference Link
12:33 EDTSTJThoratec jumps after Bloomberg report of St. Jude buyout talks
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12:29 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical in talks to acquire Thoratec, Bloomberg reports
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12:21 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:20 EDTSTJCatalyst behind Thoratec spike higher unclear
The catalyst behind the spike higher in shares of Thoratec (THOR) is unclear to traders and investors. The medical device maker focused on advanced heart failure patients rose as high $62.05 in early trading and its shares remain up 11%, or $5.48, to $54.29. Some vague takeover chatter surfaced, with St. Jude Medical (STJ) as the speculated buyer, but buyout rumors are often the "go-to" reason when stocks spike. Often the moves on rumors are less substantial than Thoratec's spike today. The company's close competitor HeartWare (HTWR) is not seeing any unusual trading thus far today, falling 36c to $78.81 in early trading.
07:22 EDTBSXBoston Scientific should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Boston Scientific to report slightly higher than expected Q2 EPS and in-line revenue. The firm expects the company's results to be boosted by strength in ICDs and OUS DES stents. RBC is confident that the company's EPS can grow by low teen percentage levels over the long-term and recommends buying the shares on pullbacks.
July 20, 2015
09:08 EDTBSXBoston Scientific begins study of resorbable drug-eluting scaffold system
Boston Scientific has initiated a study of the company's first fully resorbable drug-eluting scaffold system. The Fully Absorbable Scaffold Feasibility Study, or FAST, is a prospective, single arm study designed to assess the safety and performance of this next generation scaffold for the treatment of atherosclerotic coronary lesions.
08:32 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical receives FDA approval for MR-conditional 5-column paddle lead
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July 17, 2015
08:07 EDTMDTMedtronic shares undervalued, says Wells Fargo
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July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
08:34 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical receives FDA approval for spinal cord stimulation trial system
St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced it received FDA approval of the Invisible Trial System. The system, which received CE Mark in June 2015, is fully wireless and leverages Apple (AAPL) technology for both the patient and physician controllers. The system is designed to provide patients a more improved and discreet spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, trial experience. "Patients undergoing SCS trials consistently tell us about challenges they find in navigating the SCS trial system, from programming the device, to discomfort from the programming cables, to management of both issues. These hindrances may impede the integration of the technology into their daily activities, which shifts their focus away from evaluating the effectiveness of SCS therapy,” said pain specialist Dr. Jason E. Pope, president of Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa, California. “By providing a discreet trial system, St. Jude Medical will help patients focus more on their potential pain relief and functional improvements, and less about the burdens common to traditional trial systems.”
07:42 EDTMDTMedtronic upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
BTIG upgraded Medtronic to Buy with a $89 price target. The firm believes the recent pullback has provided a buying opportunity and views the company as well positioned for growth with revenue upside, strong cash deployment, and more Covidien synergies than some expect.
05:54 EDTMDTMedtronic recalls Shiley neonatal, pediatric tracheostomy tubes
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July 15, 2015
07:29 EDTMDTAmerican Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society to hold annual meeting
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