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November 21, 2012
11:32 EDTTHOR, HTWRHeartWare falls, Thoratec rallies after Wells Fargo flips ratings
Heart pump maker HeartWare (HTWR) is sinking and its competitor, Thoratec (THOR), is climbing after Wells Fargo wrote that the high rate of strokes among patients who have used Heartware's HVAD pump is worrisome. In a trial of Heartware's HVAD pump, which is designed to draw blood from the left ventricle and propel it through an outflow graft connected to the patient's ascending aorta, 11.8% of patients who used the device developed strokes, versus just 4.3% of patients who used a similar product made by Thoratec, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors, citing interim data. As a result, HeartWare has placed a warning about strokes on the instructions for its HVAD pump. Wells Fargo believes that this warning may curtail sales of HeartWare's device in the U.S., and the firm downgraded the company's stock to Market Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. Wells Fargo also upgraded Thoratec to Outperform from Market Perform, as it expects the company to benefit from reduced demand for HeartWare's solution. Moreover, Wells predicts that HeartWare will report lower than expected 2013 revenue, while Thoratec is likely to beat 2013 revenue expectations. The firm also believes there is now a greater chance that HeartWare's device will not be approved as a destination therapy. In late morning trading, HeartWare fell $4.18, or 4.67%, to $85.36, while Thoratec climbed $1.91, or 5.46%, to $36.91.
News For HTWR;THOR From The Last 14 Days
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August 31, 2015
07:45 EDTTHORThoratec discloses HSR waiting period in St. Jude Medical expired
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August 27, 2015
13:42 EDTTHORAnalyst says Abbott-St. Jude deal looks unlikely
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12:41 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
07:51 EDTTHORThoratec volatility low into report Abbott prepping offer for St. Jude Medical
Thoratec (THOR) September call option implied volatility is at 10, October is at 6; compared to its 52-week range of 8 to 54 suggesting decreasing price movement into reports Abbott (ABT) is preparing a bid for St. Jude Medical (STJ). In July St. Jude Medical and Thoratec approved an agreement under which St. Jude Medical will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec for $63.50 per share in a cash. The deal is scheduled to close in Q4.
August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTTHORWilliam Blair to hold a field trip
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06:39 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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06:19 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
Leerink downgraded Thoratec (THOR) to Hold from Buy ahead of the closing of its merger transaction with St. Jude Medical (STJ), which is expected to close by year-end.
August 21, 2015
08:50 EDTTHORThoratec announces end of 'go shop' period in merger agreement with St. Jude
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