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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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July 24, 2015
10:05 EDTABBVAbbVie says has not reached a decision yet on celiac disease
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09:54 EDTABBVAbbVie backs FY15 Humira sales forecast
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09:53 EDTABBVAbbVie CEO says 'probably will' narrow guidance range
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09:37 EDTABBVAbbVie sees Q3 operating revenue growth of about 20%, excluding forex
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09:36 EDTABBVAbbVie sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.05-$1.07, consensus $1.08
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09:33 EDTABBVAbbVie sees FY15 Lupron sales roughly in line with 2014
AbbVie sees "modest growth" for Synthroid in FY15. Sees AndroGel sales "somewhat above" $500M for 2015.
09:21 EDTABBVAbbVie sees IMBRUVICA U.S. sales of about $1B for 2015
AbbVie Chairman and CEO Richard Gonzalez said the company continues to expect IMBRUVICA to drive U.S. sales of approximately $1B for the full calendar year 2015. Since the company completed the Pharmacyclics transaction, it has seen "additional positive data" and progress on its regulatory objectives, including readouts from two Phase 3 studies, HELIOS and RESONATE-2, noted Gonzalez during the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
07:56 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 Viekira sales $385M, Q2 Imbruvica sales $234M
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07:55 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 Global Humira sales up 16.4% to $3.54B
Strong U.S. HUMIRA growth continued, driven by double-digit growth across all three major market categories, rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology. Reported international HUMIRA sales growth in the quarter was reduced by nearly 18 percent due to unfavorable foreign exchange. First-half 2015 international HUMIRA sales grew nearly 9 percent on an operational basis, consistent with planning expectations and the full year forecast for international HUMIRA sales growth of 9 to 10 percent on an operational basis. As noted last quarter, the first-quarter international operational growth rate of nearly 15 percent was favorably impacted by the timing of shipments in select markets. Consequently, sales growth in the second quarter was negatively impacted by shipment timing.
07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie backs FY15 adjusted EPS $4.10-$4.30, consensus $4.24
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07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.08, consensus $1.06
Reports Q2 revenue $5.48B, consensus $5.62B
July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTABBVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
14:55 EDTABBVAbbVie technical comments before earnings news
The stock is trading close to its life high at $71.60 ahead of earnings news. On a 2-year chart basis recent high price and the near-matching high from December of last year indicates shares are at major resistance. If the news is a bearish surprise, these two peaks in price could be construed as potential double top. Next supports below $70 would be at $68.50, $66.52, and $64.81. If the news is a bullish surprise, the life high could easily be taken out. An extension of the current bullish price channel in time yields a potential target at $75. Without overhead resistance, that level could be exceeded depending on the nature of the news.
14:01 EDTSHPGShire receives 'positive opinion' on Intuniv from CHMP
Shire announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion recommending the approval of the once-daily, non-stimulant Intuniv, or guanfacine hydrochloride extended release, for the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. The positive opinion is based on results from three Phase 3 pivotal studies investigating the short- and long-term safety and efficacy of Intuniv in children and adolescents. The European Commission will now consider the CHMP positive opinion in its decision of whether to grant marketing authorisation for Intuniv in Europe, said Shire.
13:56 EDTABBVEarnings Watch: AbbVie sees Q2 EPS $1.04-$1.06
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07:25 EDTSHPGShire raises FY15 EPADS growth view to mid-to-high single digit percentage
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07:22 EDTSHPGShire reports Q2 EPS $2.63, consensus $2.81
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July 22, 2015
10:15 EDTMDTThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland
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10:01 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:04 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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