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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
10:00 EDTSYKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTGEAs MetLife awaits SIFI decision, other non-banks get tough scrutiny, FT says
The Federal Reserve's scrutiny of AIG (AIG) and GE Capital (GE) since those non-banks were designated as systemic risks shows they are being regarded in the same manner as large banks, according Financial Times, citing people familiar with the process. Insurer Prudential Financial (PRU) was deemed a systemic risk last September and rival MetLife (MET) is waiting to see if it will be designated this year, the report noted. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAETManged Care recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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06:22 EDTSYKStryker upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
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August 11, 2014
17:44 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $311.49M government contract modification
General Electric is being awarded a $311.49M modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 75 Lot 14 F/A-18E/F F414-GE-400 engines and associated devices for U.S. Navy and for the government of Australia. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of after burner modules, fan modules, high pressure combustor modules, combustor modules, and high and low pressure turbine modules for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts; Hooksett, New Hampshire; Rutland, Vermont; and Madisonville, Kentucky, and is expected to be completed in September 2016. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
15:27 EDTCRDCWedbush to hold a conference
Life Sciences Management Conference to be held in New York on August 12-13.
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
17:33 EDTCRDCCardica reports Q4 EPS (8c), consensus (6c)
Reports Q4 revenue $1.02M, consensus $930.000.
14:06 EDTAETReinsurance Group names Tim Matson as Chief Investment Officer
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13:24 EDTSYKStryker upcoming analyst day may be catalyst for shares, says Argus
Argus believes Stryker is well positioned to post stronger sales and earnings in the second half of the year as new products launch and surgical volume rebounds. The firm thinks the company's analyst day on September 17 could be a catalyst for the shares and it maintains its Buy rating and $102 price target on the stock.
13:23 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:29 EDTAETHealth insurers fall after two downgrades from Goldman
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on one stock in the sector and removed another from its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman analyst Matthew Borsch downgraded his rating on Aetna (AET) to Neutral from Buy and removed UnitedHealth (UNH) from the firm's Conviction List, as he believes that other stocks in the healthcare sector are more attractive. Utilization of healthcare services by individuals who don't have the Affordable Care Act is likely to show signs of increasing by 2015, posing a "manageable" challenge to health insurers, Borsch wrote. However, the increase in the utilization of these services is likely to be "relatively gradual" compared with similar trends in the past, the analyst contended. Borsch based his forecast on healthcare spending trends during previous economic recoveries. He reduced his 2015 earnings estimate for Aetna to $7 from $7.10 and for United Health to $5.95 from $6. He reduced his 2015 EPS estimates for other companies in the sector, as his earnings outlook for WellPoint (WLP) declined to $9.20 from $9.35, while his estimate for Cigna (CI) for next year dropped to $7.90 from $8. The analyst kept Neutral ratings on both WellPoint and Cigna. Meanwhile, Borsch cut his price target on Aetna to $88 from $91 and on UnitedHealth to $91 from $96. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Aetna fell 3% to $76, UnitedHealth slumped 2.5% to $79.50, WellPoint declined 2.5% to $108, and Cigna retreated 2.5% to $89.
10:00 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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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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05:41 EDTAETAetna downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Aetna to Neutral citing less favorable sector trends. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $88 from $91.
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