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April 14, 2014
06:21 EDTMDT, EWEdwards Lifesciences upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Edwards Lifesciences to Neutral after a U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the United States. The firm raised its price target for shares to $78 from $60.
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September 18, 2014
12:18 EDTMDTNY AG announces national settlement with Medtronic for Medicaid violations
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that 46 states and the District of Columbia have reach a settlement agreement with Minnesota-based company Medtronic to resolve claims under the False Claims Act that Medtronic improperly induced physicians to recommend Medtronic devices to treat cardiac rhythmic disease. New York led a national team composed of members from Oregon, Texas and California to negotiate the settlement. The federal government settled its matter in May of this year...The agreement requires Medtronic to pay the settling states $362,362, which will go to those states’ Medicaid programs. The matter was brought by a whistleblower, Adolfo Schroeder, and was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Attorney General would like to thank Mr. Schroeder for bringing this matter to the government’s attention. Under the terms of the agreement, the New York Medicaid Program will receive $67,369.31. Reference Link
09:19 EDTEWGeneration Investment reports 5.2% passive stake in Edwards Lifesciences
September 17, 2014
09:08 EDTMDTMedtronic launches new Balloon Kyphoplasty Platform
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07:43 EDTMDTBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTMDTIntegra LifeSciences to acquire Medtronic instrumentation lines for $60M
Integra LifeSciences (IART) and Medtronic (MDT) announced an agreement in which Integra will acquire Medtronic's MicroFrance and Xomed manual ENT and laparoscopy instrumentation lines for approximately $60M in cash. Integra expects the transaction to close in Q4. Integra will acquire a portfolio of approximately 4,000 MicroFrance and Xomed manual ENT and laparoscopic surgical instruments, as well as the St. Aubin le Monial, France manufacturing facility. Sales from the products being acquired totaled approximately $30M, two-thirds of which were generated outside the U.S. Integra expects to record approximately $27M-$30M in revenue and approximately 10c of adjusted EPS in calendar 2015 from this acquisition. The earnings accretion should rise after the first year once certain sales transitions are complete. The company expects the acquisition to contribute less than $5M in revenue and be neutral to earnings in Q4. The transition and integration is expected to be completed by 2H15.
September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTMDTOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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08:07 EDTMDTMedtronic drug-coated baloon shows strong clinical, economic benefit
Presented for the first time at the 2014 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics, or TCT, conference, the latest clinical and economic data on the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon, or DCB, from Medtronic augments an already robust body of evidence that continues to drive a reconsideration of the standard of care for peripheral artery disease, or PAD, in leg arteries above the knee. The IN.PACT Admiral DCB remains an investigational medical device in the United States. No drug-coated balloon has yet received approval from the FDA. The new data come from the real-world IN.PACT Global study, the largest and most rigorous post-market evaluation of its kind for any peripheral artery intervention, and from an ongoing economic outcomes analysis of the U.S. phase of the landmark IN.PACT SFA trial. Together, the results show that the IN.PACT Admiral DCB is not only clinically superior, but also cost-effective for the treatment of atherosclerotic lesions in the superficial femoral artery, or SFA, or proximal popliteal artery, or PPA, at 12 months compared to standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, or PTA.
07:31 EDTMDTEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:27 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences price target raised to $114 from $103 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Edwards Lifesciences to $114 from $103 following positive updates on the SAPIEM franchise and on the heels of several positive trends and upside surprises across the businesses during the quarter. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on the stock.
September 15, 2014
08:06 EDTMDTMedtronic announces SEEQ wearable cardiac monitoring system in U.S.
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07:45 EDTEW, MDTCardiovascular Research Foundation to hold a conference
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics: TCT 2014 to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 13-17 with some presentations being webcasted. Webcast Link
07:21 EDTMDTHeart Failure Society of America to hold annual meeting
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September 14, 2014
13:18 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences presents five-year clinical outcomes of PARTNER trial
Edwards Lifesciences announced the presentation of five-year clinical outcomes for inoperable patients treated in The PARTNER Trial, the world's only prospective randomized trial for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, in patients deemed too sick for open-heart surgery. The data were presented as part of the late-breaking clinical trials session at the 26th Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics, TCT, the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation."These longer term results from PARTNER's inoperable cohort indicated that TAVR was associated with a continued significant mortality benefit, persistent symptom benefit and a statistically significant reduction in rehospitalizations," said Michael J. Mack, M.D., chair, cardiovascular service line, Baylor Scott & White Health. "It is reassuring now five years later that in this very ill and elderly patient group facing a high likelihood of mortality, more patients treated with SAPIEN experienced sustained improvements in functional heart status and fewer repeat hospitalizations – two measures that signify an improvement in quality of life." "This was the first study of its kind for transcatheter heart valves," said Mack. "The PARTNER Trial has historical significance in the development of TAVR and continues to provide the clinical community with important information about the durability and performance of the Edwards SAPIEN valves."
September 13, 2014
16:47 EDTMDTMedtronic CoreValve provides positive outcomes out two years in risky patients
Medtronic announced new data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, with the CoreValve System continued to provide safe and effective treatment, while maintaining exceptional rates of survival out to two years for patients who were considered too ill or frail to have their aortic valves replaced through traditional open-heart surgery. Without treatment, these patients had a 50% chance of death at one year.
September 12, 2014
15:03 EDTMDT, EWSt. Jude Medical pausing Portico sales, implants, says Wells Fargo
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September 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMDT, EWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Airgas (ARG) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... CME Group (CME) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Colfax (CFX) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Overweight at Capital One... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... GreenHunter Resources (GRH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Live Nation (LYV) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Medtronic (MDT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NASDAQ (NDAQ) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Iberia... Newpark Resources (NR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nuverra Environmental (NES) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Petrobras (PBR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sensata (ST) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Stage Stores (SSI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... TE Connectivity (TEL) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Walter Investment (WAC) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Washington REIT (WRE) initiated with an Equalweight at Capital One... Yandex (YNDX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Yara International (YARIY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.
08:11 EDTMDTMedtronic Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter receives FDA clearance
Medtronic announced the FDA 510(k) clearance and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter. Following drug-eluting stent implantation to reopen a narrowed artery, a noncompliant balloon is inflated with high pressure to ensure that the stent is fully apposed in order to facilitate transfer of the drug to the artery wall. Stent under-expansion has been defined as a major risk factor for both artery re-narrowing, or restenosis, and the potential formation of blood clots, known as stent thrombosis. Postdilatation with noncompliant balloons has been recommended to overcome these complications and provide optimal stent expansion after stent placement.
September 10, 2014
16:09 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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16:09 EDTMDTMedtronic initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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09:32 EDTMDTMedtronic announces first U.S. implants in CoreValve Evolut R study
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