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April 14, 2014
10:51 EDTMDT, EWEdwards 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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March 30, 2015
09:04 EDTMDTMedtronic announces Japanese approval of CoreValue System
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March 25, 2015
16:05 EDTMDTMedtronic highlights data on patients undergoing laparoscopic colon resections
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March 24, 2015
10:08 EDTEWSenate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Continuing America’s Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients" with Chairman & CEO Mussallem of Edwards Lifesciences on March 24 at 10 am. Webcast Link
March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTEWStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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March 18, 2015
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 16, 2015
16:28 EDTEWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:16 EDTMDT, EWAnalysts 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.
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07:30 EDTEW, MDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTMDT, EWMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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