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June 16, 2014
09:22 EDTMDT, COV, ABT, STJ, EW, HTWRCovidian acquisiton may signal increased sector M&A, says CRT Capital
CRT Capital believes Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) may signal an increase in sector M&A. The analyst believes potential combinations that make strategic sense are Abbott (ABT) or St. Jude Medical (STJ) for Edwards Lifesciences (EW) or a takeover of HeartWare (HTWR).
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October 22, 2014
07:34 EDTABTAbbott reports Q3 EPS 62c, consensus 59c
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07:21 EDTMDT, STJU.S. DHS investigates medical gear for potential cyber defects, Reuters says
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October 21, 2014
15:35 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:00 EDTHTWRUpdate suggests HeartWare CE mark trial on track, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo said the clinicaltrials.gov posting for HeartWare's MVAD CE Mark trial, which had not been changed since April 2013, was updated on October 16 and now indicates the trial is scheduled to start in April 2015. Wells expects HeartWare to update on MVAD on its Q3 call next week, but the firm said that it does not expect any major surprises based on the updated posting. Wells Fargo maintains its Market Perform rating on HeartWare.
12:37 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:52 EDTCOV, MDTCovidien rises after Medtronic maintains merger date language
Shares of Covidien (COV) are rising in early trading after Medtronic (MDT), in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of the Irish drugmaker, left its language regarding the expected closing date unchanged. WHAT'S NEW: In its most recent filing, Medtronic again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived." ANALYST REACTION: Research firm BTIG says Medtronic's amended regulatory filing on the Covidien transaction increases the firm's confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. WHAT'S NOTABLE: AbbVie (ABBV) last night confirmed that the company and Shire (SHPG), another Irish domiciled drugmaker, agreed to terminate their proposed merger. AbbVie said its decision was based upon its assessment of the September 22 notice issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which re-interpreted longstanding tax principles in a "uniquely selective manner designed specifically to destroy the financial benefits of these types of transactions." AbbVie continued that the Treasury notice "introduced an unacceptable level of risk and uncertainty given the magnitude of the proposed changes" and the stated intention of the department to continue to revise tax principles to further impact such "tax inversion" transactions. AbbVie noted that it has agreed to pay Shire a break fee of approximately $1.64B due to the deal falling through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, shares of Covidien trading in New York rose 4% to $88.86, Medtronic advanced 1% to $64.57, Shires gained 0.7% to $185.82 and AbbVie added 1.4% to $55.16.
09:43 EDTCOV, MDTAmended filing increases confidence in Covidien deal at BTIG
BTIG says Medtronic's (MDT) amended regulatory filing on the Covidien (COV) transaction increases its confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. Shares of Covidien are up 3% to $88.11 in early trading.
09:11 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic keeps language unchanged on merger closing date
Medtronic in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of Covidien (COV) left the language unchanged around the expected closing date. The company again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived."
07:44 EDTABTAbbott volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 20, 2014
13:40 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:20 EDTMDTInternational Continence Society to hold annual meeting
ICS Annual Meeting 2014 is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 20-24.
07:12 EDTMDT, STJ, COVCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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October 17, 2014
12:35 EDTCOVCovidien puts active on wide price movement
Covidien October 82, December 70 and January 75 puts are active on total put volume of 8K contracts (1K calls). November put option implied volatility is at 60, January is at 40, April is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:02 EDTCOVCovidien granted preliminary injunction against Ethicon's Harmonic ACE+7
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October 16, 2014
11:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:08 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical well-positioned heading into 2015, says Wedbush
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08:53 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical weakness a buying opportunity, says CRT Capital
CRT Capital would use St. Jude Medical weakness as a buying opportunity based on accelerating EPS growth and expects CardioMEMS to be a $1B revenue opportunity over the next few years. Shares are Buy rated with a $80 price target.
07:45 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical price target lowered to $66 from $75 at Stifel
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06:17 EDTCOV, MDTJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
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