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March 18, 2015
07:30 EDTDVADeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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05:39 EDTMDTSt. Jude Medical downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded St. Jude Medical (STJ) to Market Perform saying competitive pressures will drive 2015 market share losses in the company's cardiac rhythm management business, which represents 50% of total sales. Wells believes the launch of CardioMEMS will not be strong enough to offset the headwinds in CRM unit. The firm thinks Boston Scientific's (BSX) earlier than expected approval for its next generation subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator called Emblem will drive share gains against St. Jude and Medtronic (MDT) in the single chamber ICD market. Wells cut its price target range for St. Jude shares to $69-$70 from $73-$74. The medical technology company closed yesterday down $2.01 to $65.45.
March 17, 2015
09:13 EDTAGNActavis says Allergan CEO not joining combined company board
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09:03 EDTBDXBecton Dickinson completes acquisition of CareFusion
Becton Dickinson (BDX) announced that it completed its acquisition of CareFusion (CFN) pursuant to the terms of its previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 5, 2014. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, upon completion of the acquisition, CareFusion became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BD. Excluding transaction-related expenses relating to the closing, BD expects the acquisition to have an immaterial impact on the company's results of operations in the second fiscal quarter, which ends on March 31, 2015.
09:00 EDTAETAetna management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:58 EDTAGNActavis sees double digit accretion to adjusted EPS within first 12 months
08:58 EDTAGNActavis says will 'immediately begin implementing' integration plans
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08:57 EDTAGNActavis completes acquisition of Allergan
Actavis plc (ACT) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Allergan (AGN) in a cash and equity transaction valued at approximately $70.5B. The combination creates one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies by sales revenue, with combined annual pro forma revenues of more than $23B anticipated in 2015. Actavis continues to expect the transaction to generate double-digit accretion to non-GAAP earnings within the first 12 months, including approximately $1.8B in operating and financial synergies to be realized within one year following the close. These synergies exclude any additional revenue or manufacturing synergies, and are in addition to the $475M of annual savings previously announced by Allergan in connection with Project Endurance. Actavis further expects to generate strong operating cash flow in excess of $8B in 2016, which would enable the company to rapidly de-lever the balance sheet.
08:56 EDTAGNActavis completes Allergan acquisition valued at $70.5B
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March 16, 2015
18:38 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
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17:19 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
13:16 EDTMDTAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
10:22 EDTAGNEuropean Commission clears Actavis' pending acquisition of Allergan
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09:04 EDTHUMHumana announcse completion of $500M accelerated share repurchase program
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07:30 EDTMDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTMDTMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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March 15, 2015
15:27 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils data from high risk study of the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial
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15:23 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils preclinical outcomes of its novel Drug-Filled Stent
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15:20 EDTMDTMedtronic announces outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced initial clinical outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System. At 30-days, the new recapturable, self-expanding valve showed no incidents of all-cause mortality or stroke in a high and extreme risk patient population. Data from the Evolut R Study, which enrolled 60 patients from six centers in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, were unveiled today at the 64th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology. The CoreValve Evolut R System is not approved for commercial use in the United States where it is currently undergoing clinical trials. "Initial clinical experience with the Evolut R system is remarkable and ushers in a new era of TAVR technology that provides increased confidence with recapturability, excellent procedural results, and impressive clinical outcomes," said Ian Meredith, M.D., of Monash Heart - Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia, who is one of the investigators of the study. "The 14 French equivalent delivery system allowed transfemoral access for most patients and the recapturable technology enabled implanters to optimize valve placement for improved annular sealing and reduced conduction disturbances without compromise on mortality or stroke."
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