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April 14, 2014
10:51 EDTEW, MDTEdwards up after court limits sale of Medtronic's CoreValve in U.S.
Shares of cardiovascular technology company Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising today after a U.S. district court granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the U.S. Shares of Medtronic, meanwhile, are falling following the news. WHAT'S NEW: On April 12, Edwards said a U.S. district court in Delaware granted a preliminary injunction, to go into effect in seven days, limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValue system in the U.S. In addition, the court ordered Medtronic and Edwards to enter into immediate talks to agree on a mechanism that will enable physicians at facilities currently trained on CoreValve to make a clinical judgment as to which device to implant, free from the limitations of the injunction. Medtronic responded on April 13 by saying that the ruling has no impact on the sale or marketing of CoreValue outside of the U.S. or the use of CoreValue in the current U.S. clinical trials. Medtronic is appealing the court's injunction and intends to ask the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent it from going into effect until it determines if the injunction was properly issued. ANALYST REACTION: JPMorgan upgraded Edwards Lifesciences to Neutral from Underweight following the news and raised its price target for shares to $78 from $60. JPMorgan also downgraded Medtronic to Neutral and lowered its price target on that stock to $64 from $69. Another firm, CRT Capital, also upgraded Edwards Lifesciences in response to the news. CRT Capital analyst Shagun Chadha feels that the court decision to grant a preliminary injunction against MDT’s CoreValve focuses the market balance in favor of Edwards and took the stock up to Buy from Fair Value with a price target of $87. Canaccord Genuity analyst Jason Mills said that Edwards achieved a "surprising" and noteworthy win in the courts. Mills noted, however, that he still foresees Edwards to cash in via other forms of equitable relief in lieu of a final injunction. The firm is maintaining its 12-month price target of $84 on Edwards Lifesciences shares. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Edwards Lifesciences were up $10.01 or 13.72% to $82.98. Shares of Medtronic fell $1.28 or 2.16% to $57.92.
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September 18, 2014
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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September 5, 2014
06:11 EDTMDTMedtronic Linq device being underappreciated, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the Street is underestimating the near-term potential of Medtronic's recently released Reveal Linq insertable cardiac monitor. Citi thinks the combination of the U.S. Corevalve rollout and Linq contribution will drive sales to the high end of the company's 3%-5% guidance. The firm raised its price target for shares to $74 from $73 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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