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April 25, 2014
06:01 EDTCOVCovidien reports Q2 adjusted EPS 96c, consensus 95c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.60B, consensus $2.61B
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August 20, 2014
07:18 EDTCOVMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
August 19, 2014
08:22 EDTCOVMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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August 18, 2014
16:10 EDTCOVCovidien says study shows directional atherectomy safe, effective
Covidien announced that directional atherectomy is "safe and effective as a frontline therapy for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease," according to a Covidien study published online today in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Interventions. Results from the DEFINITIVE LE study using Covidienís TurboHawk and/or SilverHawk directional atherectomy systems demonstrated 95% limb salvage in patients with critical limb ischemia and 78% overall patency in claudicant patients at 12 months.
August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTCOVPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:27 EDTCOVJPMorgan a buyer of Medtronic at current levels
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06:15 EDTCOVCovidien risk/reward very favorable, says Citigroup
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTCOVMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
10:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:01 EDTCOVHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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August 7, 2014
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:58 EDTCOVMedtronic receives request of additional info from FTC for Covidien acquisition
On August 6, 2014, in connection with the FTC review of the pending acquisition by Medtronic (MDT) of Covidien (COV), which will result in both Medtronic and Covidien becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of Medtronic, Medtronic received a request for additional information and documentary material from the FTC. Issuance of the second request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Medtronic and Covidien have substantially complied with the second request, unless the waiting period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated earlier by the FTC. Medtronic and Covidien intend to cooperate fully with the FTC and continue to expect the Transaction to be completed in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015.
06:42 EDTCOVObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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August 6, 2014
13:42 EDTCOVMedtronic says approval for Covidien deal 'progressing'
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13:39 EDTCOVMedtronic CEO says Covidien deal should close end of year, early next
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13:38 EDTCOVMedtronic CEO says 'progressing' in Covidien deal approval process
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12:59 EDTCOVCovidien 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.
12:20 EDTCOVMedtronic remains committed to Covidien deal, says Wells Fargo
Following recent conversations with the company, Wells Fargo believes Medtronic (MDT) remains committed to the acquisition Covidien (COV), even if the deal can't be structured as an inversion. The firm notes that at its conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis stated that "from Medtronic's perspective, we would do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion." Wells adds, however, that Medtronic would likely try to renegotiate the terms of the deal if an inversion is not possible.
06:41 EDTCOVObama administration may restrict inversion tax benefits, NY Times says
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