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January 27, 2014
08:31 EDTCOVCovidien CFO Charles Dockendorff to retire at end of year
Covidien announced that Charles J. Dockendorff, executive vice president and CFO, has decided to retire from the company at the end of this year. The company anticipates naming Dockendorff’s successor following a review of candidates, both internal and external. Dockendorff will assist with the search process and plans to serve as an advisor to the company through at least the end of calendar year 2014.
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October 21, 2014
12:37 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:52 EDTCOVCovidien rises after Medtronic maintains merger date language
Shares of Covidien (COV) are rising in early trading after Medtronic (MDT), in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of the Irish drugmaker, left its language regarding the expected closing date unchanged. WHAT'S NEW: In its most recent filing, Medtronic again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived." ANALYST REACTION: Research firm BTIG says Medtronic's amended regulatory filing on the Covidien transaction increases the firm's confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. WHAT'S NOTABLE: AbbVie (ABBV) last night confirmed that the company and Shire (SHPG), another Irish domiciled drugmaker, agreed to terminate their proposed merger. AbbVie said its decision was based upon its assessment of the September 22 notice issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which re-interpreted longstanding tax principles in a "uniquely selective manner designed specifically to destroy the financial benefits of these types of transactions." AbbVie continued that the Treasury notice "introduced an unacceptable level of risk and uncertainty given the magnitude of the proposed changes" and the stated intention of the department to continue to revise tax principles to further impact such "tax inversion" transactions. AbbVie noted that it has agreed to pay Shire a break fee of approximately $1.64B due to the deal falling through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, shares of Covidien trading in New York rose 4% to $88.86, Medtronic advanced 1% to $64.57, Shires gained 0.7% to $185.82 and AbbVie added 1.4% to $55.16.
09:43 EDTCOVAmended filing increases confidence in Covidien deal at BTIG
BTIG says Medtronic's (MDT) amended regulatory filing on the Covidien (COV) transaction increases its confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. Shares of Covidien are up 3% to $88.11 in early trading.
09:11 EDTCOVMedtronic keeps language unchanged on merger closing date
Medtronic in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of Covidien (COV) left the language unchanged around the expected closing date. The company again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived."
October 20, 2014
13:40 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTCOVCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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October 17, 2014
12:35 EDTCOVCovidien puts active on wide price movement
Covidien October 82, December 70 and January 75 puts are active on total put volume of 8K contracts (1K calls). November put option implied volatility is at 60, January is at 40, April is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:02 EDTCOVCovidien granted preliminary injunction against Ethicon's Harmonic ACE+7
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October 16, 2014
11:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:17 EDTCOVJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTCOVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
15:03 EDTCOVMedtronic management affirms commitment to Covidien deal, says Deutsche Bank
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10:48 EDTCOVShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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07:32 EDTCOVUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
October 13, 2014
07:37 EDTCOVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:25 EDTCOVEuropean Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
28th EACTS Annual Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy on October 11-15.
October 10, 2014
07:16 EDTCOVAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
07:04 EDTCOVMedtronic announces Omar Ishrak will remain CEO of new company
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October 9, 2014
16:37 EDTCOVCovidien receives FDA 510k clearance for Nellcor Portable SpO2 system
Covidien announced FDA 510k clearance for the Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System. The system is the only commercially available portable oximeter that is equipped with home care and sleep study modes and complies with IEC 60601-1-11 standards for devices used in the home health care environment.

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