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February 25, 2013
04:55 EDTAET, AET, AET, SGYP, SGYP, SGYP, SYK, SYK, SYK, EW, EW, EW, CCXI, CCXI, CCXI, INFI, INFI, INFI, QSII, QSII, QSII, SIAL, SIAL, SIALCitigroup to host a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on February 25-27.
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March 20, 2015
16:22 EDTQSIIQuality Systems CFO Paul Holt resigns, John Stumpf named as interim CFO
On March 18, Paul Holt informed the board the he will resign as CFO of the company, effective April 12. Holt has served the company for over 15 years and is leaving to join NantHealth as its CFO. On March 19, the board appointed John Stumpf as the company's interim CFO, effective immediately upon Holt's departure from the company.
08:18 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
10:02 EDTQSIIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTCCXIChemoCentryx has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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08:20 EDTAETAetna upgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee upgraded Aetna to Buy from Neutral. The firm says that the company is the best-positioned name within the large-cap health plan space , a defensive sector that has little exposure to Europe and reasonable growth prospects, according to the firm.
07:02 EDTSIALSigma-Aldrich signs exclusive distribution agreement with Roche
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06:19 EDTAETAetna upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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March 18, 2015
16:07 EDTQSIIQuality Systems downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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12:46 EDTAETAetna, HackensackAlliance ACO announce collaboration
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March 17, 2015
09:00 EDTAETAetna management to meet with JPMorgan
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March 16, 2015
18:21 EDTSGYPSynergy Pharmaceuticals reports Q4 EPS (32c), consensus (28c)
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16:28 EDTEWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:16 EDTEWAnalysts 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.
12:43 EDTEWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
10:07 EDTEWHigh option volume stocks
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07:30 EDTEWAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTEWMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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March 15, 2015
14:10 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces data on Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve
Edwards Lifesciences announced that 30-day outcomes for high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with the Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve demonstrated the lowest all-cause mortality rates of any of the PARTNER studies, as well as excellent clinical outcomes on the other components of the primary endpoint measures of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation. This first report of Sapien 3 data in the United States, and first report on intermediate risk transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, patients, was presented as part of the late-breaking clinical trials at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.
14:04 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces clinical data for high-risk Sapien patients
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