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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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January 23, 2015
15:46 EDTMDTPiper Jaffray's medtech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:36 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval for for the Medtronic Enterra II System
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January 22, 2015
08:10 EDTCOVCovidien reports Q1 Medical Devices operational sales growth of 6%
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08:08 EDTCOVCovidien reports Q1 adjusted EPS ms $1.11, consensus $1.05
Reports Q1 revenue $2.69B, consensus $2.72B. Operational sales growth in the quarter was 6%, as foreign exchange rate movement lowered the quarterly sales growth rate by four percentage points.
05:27 EDTSHPGShire reports positive response from European DCP for Elvanse Adult
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January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTCOVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
18:06 EDTMDT, COVS&P announces changes to the S&P 500, MidCap 400, SmallCap 600 indices
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17:18 EDTCOVEndo to replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close
15:27 EDTCOVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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January 20, 2015
14:06 EDTSHPGCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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08:10 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $247 from $228 at Jefferies
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTSHPGMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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10:10 EDTABBVAbbVie announces FDA approval of DUOPA enteral suspension
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07:04 EDTABBVEnanta says EU grants marketing authorizations for AbbVie's Viekirax
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05:05 EDTABBVAbbVie granted marketing authorization by EC for VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA
AbbVie announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorizations for its all-oral, short-course, interferon-free treatment of VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA. The treatment has been approved with or without ribavirin for patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection, including those with compensated liver cirrhosis, HIV-1 co-infection, patients on opioid substitution therapy and liver transplant recipients.1,2 Additionally, VIEKIRAX has been approved for use with RBV in genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C patients.
January 15, 2015
11:20 EDTABBVGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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January 14, 2015
12:25 EDTABBVAbbVie says pipeline is 'most robust it's ever been'
12:09 EDTABBVAbbVie says 'strongly' committed to dividend, returning cash to shareholders
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12:00 EDTABBVAbbVie says guidance to be further refined as HCV launch progresses
11:59 EDTABBVAbbVie repeats FY15 adjusted EPS view $4.25-$4.45, consensus $4.30
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