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August 6, 2014
12:59 EDTMDT, ABBV, COV, SHPGCovidien 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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December 21, 2014
12:42 EDTABBVEnanta says FDA approval of AbbVie's VIEKIRA PAK triggers $75M milestone payment
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December 19, 2014
17:46 EDTABBVAbbVie confirms FDA approval of VIEKIRA PAK
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14:40 EDTABBVFDA approves Viekira Pak to treat hepatitis C
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11:02 EDTABBVAbbVie receives orphan status for brain metastases treatment
The FDA granted AbbVie orphan status for veliparib, its treatment of brain metastases when used in combination with DNA-damaging agents.
December 17, 2014
11:28 EDTSHPGNPS Pharmaceuticals calls active on Shire considering bid report
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11:13 EDTSHPGShire considering bid for NPS Pharmaceuticals, Bloomberg reports
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10:49 EDTSHPGNPS Pharmaceuticals jumps 12%, halted after report of potential Shire bid
Shire (SHPG) has NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) on the top of its list of potential takeover targets, but is also said to be considering other targets, according to Bloomberg.
10:47 EDTSHPGNPS Pharmaceuticals said to be on top of Shire takeover list, Bloommberg says
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10:47 EDTSHPGNPS halted for volatility after Bloomberg says Shire considers bid
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December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
09:05 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval for Attain Performa LV quadripolar leads
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08:57 EDTSHPGLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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08:34 EDTABBVAbbVie downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:54 EDTABBVGilead shares poised to continue to advance, says RBC Capital
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06:29 EDTSHPG, ABBVShire CEO sees no immediate need to spend break-up fee, Reuters reports
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06:20 EDTABBVAbbVie downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
December 9, 2014
12:22 EDTSHPGPiper Jaffray biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Senior Research Analyst Schimmer, along with Biopharmaceuticals Analyst Breazzano, discuss gene therapy for hemophilia on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 11 at 10 am.
10:23 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:44 EDTABBVAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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05:38 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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