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June 3, 2014
06:34 EDTHUM, MDTHumana claims Medtronic conspired with physicians, WSJ reports
Humana (HUM) is claiming that Medtronic (MDT) has violated the federal racketeering statute by conspiring with physicians to promote unapproved uses of its bone-growth drug, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to a lawsuit Humana filed in court last week, Medtronic may have paid $210M to prominent physicians to advocate for the drug's use in certain neck and spine surgeries. Reference Link
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August 14, 2014
08:06 EDTHUMHumana management to meet with Oppenheimer
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08:05 EDTHUMHumana management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Denver/Minneapolis on August 14 hosted by UBS.
07:27 EDTMDTJPMorgan a buyer of Medtronic at current levels
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06:15 EDTMDTCovidien risk/reward very favorable, says Citigroup
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August 13, 2014
08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic August weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Medtronic August weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, September is at 19, November 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 Q1 results on August 19.
August 12, 2014
06:35 EDTHUMManged Care recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTMDTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
07:01 EDTMDTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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August 7, 2014
13:23 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:31 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval for Attain Performa quadripolar lead
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08:58 EDTMDTMedtronic receives request of additional info from FTC for Covidien acquisition
On August 6, 2014, in connection with the FTC review of the pending acquisition by Medtronic (MDT) of Covidien (COV), which will result in both Medtronic and Covidien becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of Medtronic, Medtronic received a request for additional information and documentary material from the FTC. Issuance of the second request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Medtronic and Covidien have substantially complied with the second request, unless the waiting period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated earlier by the FTC. Medtronic and Covidien intend to cooperate fully with the FTC and continue to expect the Transaction to be completed in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015.
08:26 EDTMDTMedtronic risk/reward attractive, says Morgan Stanley
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06:42 EDTMDTObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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August 6, 2014
13:42 EDTMDTMedtronic says approval for Covidien deal 'progressing'
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13:39 EDTMDTMedtronic CEO says Covidien deal should close end of year, early next
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13:38 EDTMDTMedtronic CEO says 'progressing' in Covidien deal approval process
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12:59 EDTMDTCovidien drops as Treasury explores ways to stymie inversions
Shares of medical device and drug maker Covidien (COV) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that the Treasury Department is looking into ways of curtailing tax inversion deals. Covidien has agreed to be acquired by Medtronic (MDT) in a tax inversion deal. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. WHAT'S NEW: The Treasury Department is looking at options that would enable the Obama administration to curtail inversion deals without authorization from Congress, multiple media outlets reported last night and today. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that he believes that Medtronic would buy Covidien even if the transaction cannot be done as an inversion. At a conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis said that his company would "do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion," Biegelsen stated. If no inversion is possible, Medtronic would respond by using less of its stock and more debt to fund the transaction, the analyst believes. Such a change would actually cause Medtronic's cash earnings per share to be higher in the first and second year after the deal than under the current structure, the analyst indicated. He kept an Outperform rating on Medtronic. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Covidien dropped 2% to $84.50 and Medtronic fell 1% to $61.50. Meanwhile, drug maker Shire (SHPG), which has agreed to merge with its peer AbbVie (ABBV) in a tax inversion deal, is falling 4% to $236.
12:20 EDTMDTMedtronic remains committed to Covidien deal, says Wells Fargo
Following recent conversations with the company, Wells Fargo believes Medtronic (MDT) remains committed to the acquisition Covidien (COV), even if the deal can't be structured as an inversion. The firm notes that at its conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis stated that "from Medtronic's perspective, we would do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion." Wells adds, however, that Medtronic would likely try to renegotiate the terms of the deal if an inversion is not possible.
06:41 EDTMDTObama administration may restrict inversion tax benefits, NY Times says
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06:21 EDTMDTPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
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