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August 6, 2014
12:59 EDTSHPG, MDT, ABBV, COVCovidien drops as Treasury explores ways to stymie inversions
Shares of medical device and drug maker Covidien (COV) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that the Treasury Department is looking into ways of curtailing tax inversion deals. Covidien has agreed to be acquired by Medtronic (MDT) in a tax inversion deal. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. WHAT'S NEW: The Treasury Department is looking at options that would enable the Obama administration to curtail inversion deals without authorization from Congress, multiple media outlets reported last night and today. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that he believes that Medtronic would buy Covidien even if the transaction cannot be done as an inversion. At a conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis said that his company would "do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion," Biegelsen stated. If no inversion is possible, Medtronic would respond by using less of its stock and more debt to fund the transaction, the analyst believes. Such a change would actually cause Medtronic's cash earnings per share to be higher in the first and second year after the deal than under the current structure, the analyst indicated. He kept an Outperform rating on Medtronic. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Covidien dropped 2% to $84.50 and Medtronic fell 1% to $61.50. Meanwhile, drug maker Shire (SHPG), which has agreed to merge with its peer AbbVie (ABBV) in a tax inversion deal, is falling 4% to $236.
News For COV;MDT;SHPG;ABBV From The Last 14 Days
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September 2, 2015
11:39 EDTABBV, SHPGBass denied request for review of Biogen multiple sclerosis drug patent
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07:05 EDTSHPGSangamo and Shire restructure collaboration to accelerate development of ZFP
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September 1, 2015
07:31 EDTABBVBristol-Myers, AbbVie say FDA accepts BLA for Empliciti for priority review
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August 31, 2015
18:02 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Medina Medical for $150M in cash
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18:01 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Medina Medical for $150M in cash
14:28 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Medtronic September call option implied volatility is at 49, September and October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 38, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on September 3.
14:00 EDTABBVAbbVie September calls active
AbbVie September 65 and 67.5 calls are active on total call volume of 37K contracts (9K puts). September weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, September is at 36, October is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 36. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
07:10 EDTMDTMedtronic study detects gene associated with sudden cardiac death
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August 28, 2015
16:29 EDTSHPGStocks end volatile week higher as China whipsaws U.S. market
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16:17 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks slipped at the open as the futures once again were influenced by the volatile overnight trading session in China. The averages began to recover shortly after the open and turned mixed by midday. Comments from Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fisher about the central bank being open to a possible rate hike in September took some momentum out of the market. As the volume slowed and the news flow went silent, the volatility increased and the averages headed lower only to rebound before the close, but the trading was still remarkably calm when compared to the wide swings seen in the market in the earlier sessions of this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.4% in July, as expected, with consumer spending up 0.3%, which was below the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for August was revised down to 91.9 from the 92.9 preliminary reading, versus expectations for it to be bumped up to 93.0. Baker Hughes reported the U.S. rig count is down 8 rigs from last week to 877. WTI crude oil prices added another 6% today to yesterday's 10% rally, closing at $45.22 a barrel on Friday. U.S. crude closed with a weekly gain of 11.8%, marking its first advance in 10 weeks and best week in six years. The Federal Reserve may still raise its benchmark interest rate in September, Fed vice chairman Stanley Fischer said in an interview with CNBC, noting that Fed committee members "haven't made a decision yet" and have "time to wait and see," because the next policy-making meeting won't happen until the middle of next month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of cancer drug maker ARIAD (ARIA) surged $2.91, or 41.69%, to $9.89 after Bloomberg reported that industry peer Baxalta (BXLT) is in takeover talks with the smaller company to boost its oncology pipeline. Baxalta, which had recently turned down a merger offer from Shire (SHPG), fell $1.18, or 3.24%, to $35.25 following the report... In other pharmaceutical industry M&A news, Mylan (MYL) shareholders voted to approve the company's proposed acquisition of Perrigo (PRGO) and the related issuance of Mylan ordinary shares. Afterward, Perrigo CEO Joseph Papa said he was confident that most of his company's shareholders believe that Mylan's offer substantially undervalues Perrigo and would dilute its "growth profile and superior valuation"... Video game maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and airline owner United Continental (UAL) both advanced sharply, rising 4.62% and 6.93%, respectively, after each had their shares selected to join the S&P 500. Activision will replace Pall Corp. (PLL) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading tonight, while United will replace Hospira (HSP) in the index after the close of trading on Wednesday, September 2. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Big Lots (BIG), which advanced $6.58, or 15.67%, to $48.58 after the discount retailer reported better than expected quarterly results and lifted its fiscal year guidance. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were video game retailer GameStop (GME), which slid $3.71, or 8.03%, to $42.49, and design software and services company Autodesk (ADSK), which fell $2.48, or 4.96%, to $47.52. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.76, or 0.07%, to 16,643.01, the Nasdaq gained 15.62, or 0.32%, to 4,828.33, and the S&P 500 advanced 1.21, or 0.06%, to 1,988.87.
14:40 EDTSHPGBaxalta in talks to acquire ARIAD, Bloomberg reports
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13:43 EDTSHPGBlood cancer drug makers rise amid speculation of Baxalta talks
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12:36 EDTSHPGARIAD jumps 15% after report on Baxalta pursuit of oncology drug maker
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August 25, 2015
19:34 EDTABBVExperts tell White House to expand use of Hepatitis C drugs, NYT says
Health care experts from the Public Health Service and the Advisory Council on H.I.V./AIDS have recommended that Medicaid officials expand the use of costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni, reports the New York Times, citing correspondence sent to the White House. The advisory council said current usage limitations on the drugs are "unreasonable," but it also suggested that manufacturers disclose drug development costs in the face of the significant price tags on modern Hepatitis C treatments. Reference Link
16:43 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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09:07 EDTMDTMedtronic to acquire Twelve for $458M
In support of the company's therapy innovation strategy, Medtronic announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Twelve, a medical device company focused on the development of a transcatheter mitral valve replacement, or TMVR device. Twelve is the twelfth company spun out from the premier medical device incubator The Foundry. Medtronic has agreed to pay up to $458M for Twelve including $408M at closing and $50M on achievement of CE Marking. The cash- and debt-free transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in October 2015.
09:03 EDTSHPG, ABBVAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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07:06 EDTSHPGShire reaches CINRYZE agreement with Sanquin Blood Supply
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August 24, 2015
18:55 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:52 EDTSHPGJazz, Celgene, Shire up after USPTO rejects Acorda patent challenge
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