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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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November 28, 2014
07:45 EDTMDTEurope conditionally approves Covidien takeover by Medtronic
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November 26, 2014
15:21 EDTMDTMedtronic acquisition of Covidien receives U.S. FTC clearance
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14:28 EDTMDTMedtronic agrees to divest Covidien drug-coated balloon catheter business
Medtronic (MDT) has agreed to divest the drug-coated balloon catheter business of Covidien (COV) in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its $42.9B acquisition of Covidien would likely be anticompetitive. Under the FTC’s proposed settlement, Medtronic will sell the drug-coated balloon catheter business to medical device company Spectranetics (SPNC), the FTC announced. According to the FTC’s complaint both Medtronic and Covidien are developing drug-coated balloon catheters to compete with C.R. Bard (BCR), which currently is the only company that supplies these products, used to treat peripheral artery disease, in the U.S. market. Medtronic and Covidien are the only companies with products in clinical trials in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process, which makes it unlikely that other competitors could enter the market in time to counteract the effects of the merger, the FTC alleges. The Commission vote to accept the proposed consent order for public comment was 5-0. The FTC will publish the consent agreement package in the Federal Register shortly. The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days, beginning today and continuing through December 29, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final.
November 21, 2014
13:31 EDTMDTCovidien announces mailing of definitive joint proxy statement, prospectus
Covidien (COV) announced, for purposes of the Irish Takeover Rules, that the definitive joint proxy statement of Covidien and Medtronic (MDT), which also serves as a prospectus of Medtronic Holdings Limited and comprises Covidien’s scheme circular required under Irish law is being sent today to Covidien and Medtronic shareholders. As previously announced, on June 15, Covidien and Medtronic entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Medtronic Holdings Limited, a new holding company incorporated in Ireland that will be renamed Medtronic plc, will acquire Covidien and Medtronic. The joint proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about the transaction for shareholders of both companies, as well as notices of the shareholder meetings and instructions on voting online, by mail, by telephone or in person.
November 19, 2014
08:15 EDTMDTMedtronic reported solid Q2 results, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that Medtronic's (MDT) sales growth accelerated to 5%, and the firm thinks the company's market share of the ICD market is poised to increase next quarter. Bernstein views Medtronic as "a strong buy" into the close of its acquisition of Covidien (COV). The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on Medtronic.
06:54 EDTMDTMedtronic reiterated as a top pick at JPMorgan
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November 18, 2014
12:08 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:08 EDTMDTMedtronic says regulatory processes for Covidien deal 'all on track'
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08:39 EDTMDTMedtronic says 'would not be surprised' to be at high end of FY15 guidance range
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08:39 EDTMDTMedtronic sees 2H15 gross margin 74.5%
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08:34 EDTMDTMedtronic sees Diabetes operations to have difficult comparison in Q3
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08:28 EDTMDTMedtronic sees U.S. approval for IMPACT Admiral balloon in Q1
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07:20 EDTMDTMedtronic confirms commitment to Covidien transaction
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.05
Narrows FY15 revenue guidance to up 4%-5% from 3%-5%.
07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q2 EPS 96c, consensus 96c
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November 17, 2014
15:16 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:57 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 21, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
November 16, 2014
14:08 EDTMDTDaVita announces collaboration with Medtronic
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) and leading provider of kidney care services, announced a collaboration with Medtronic (MDT) to better understand cardiovascular health in end stage renal disease, ESRD patients. The collaboration will focus on developing a pilot program using Medtronic's Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring system to identify cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving dialysis. "Medtronic recently announced data at the American Society of Nephrology meeting that showed a higher incidence of arrhythmias in patients receiving hemodialysis," said Ven Manda, vice president, Renal Care Solutions at Medtronic. "We are pleased to pursue this collaboration with DaVita to monitor more patients and gather additional data that will further our understanding of the relationship between dialysis and cardiac events in ESRD patients." "Given the high incidence rate of cardiovascular disease and events in ESRD patients, we believe that by collaborating with Medtronic, we can gain knowledge to help improve the lives of ESRD patients," said Mahesh Krishnan, vice president for clinical innovation and public policy for DaVita HealthCare Partners. "Through the collaboration we expect to utilize innovative monitoring technology and data from our DaVita Kidney Care information systems across the country. This effort is poised to improve the lives of patients by proactively detecting and preventing cardiac complications."
November 14, 2014
12:43 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, WSJ reports
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11:50 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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