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June 16, 2014
06:23 EDTMDT, COV, JNJMedtronic deal likely to get 'significant political attention,' says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) is likely to get "significant political attention" as the largest agreed upon tax inversion deal. Citi, however, believes both companies have thoroughly vetted the risk. The firm thinks that with annual sales of $27B, the combined company is now "within striking distance" of Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) MD&D division. Citi has a Buy rating on Medtronic with a $69 price target.
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August 18, 2014
16:10 EDTCOVCovidien says study shows directional atherectomy safe, effective
Covidien announced that directional atherectomy is "safe and effective as a frontline therapy for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease," according to a Covidien study published online today in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Interventions. Results from the DEFINITIVE LE study using Covidienís TurboHawk and/or SilverHawk directional atherectomy systems demonstrated 95% limb salvage in patients with critical limb ischemia and 78% overall patency in claudicant patients at 12 months.
15:26 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTMDTMedtronic technical comments before earnings
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13:59 EDTMDTMedtronic August weekly 63.5 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:41 EDTJNJCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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06:24 EDTMDTOptions expected to be active
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August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTCOVPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:27 EDTCOV, MDTJPMorgan a buyer of Medtronic at current levels
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06:15 EDTCOV, MDTCovidien 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
09:35 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTCOV, MDTMarket 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.
10:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson remains undervalued, says Cowen
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07:01 EDTCOV, MDTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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August 7, 2014
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:31 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval for Attain Performa quadripolar lead
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08:58 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic 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 EDTMDT, COVObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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