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News For MDT;CRDC;GE;SYK;AET From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
12:59 EDTMDTAppeals court ruling a positive for NuVasive, says Wells Fargo
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12:54 EDTMDTNuVasive gets mixed appeals court ruling in patent fight with Medtronic
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08:55 EDTMDTEdwards Lifesciences Medtronic likely to get positive catalyst, says Wells Fargo
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February 27, 2015
12:50 EDTSYKSmith & Nephew, Stryker seen as potential headliners of 2015 M&A, TheDeal says
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09:02 EDTMDTMedtronic announces Irish High Court approval of share premium reduction
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February 25, 2015
05:22 EDTGEGE Healthcare selected as strategic partner by Kenyan Ministry of Health
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February 24, 2015
18:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric director purchases $20M of company stock
According to regulatory filings, GE director William G. Beattie purchased 800,000 shares of GE for $20,096,000 on February 18 and 19.
13:23 EDTAETAetna, Virtua Medical Group expand relationship
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13:02 EDTMDTMedtronic confirms FDA approval of VenaSeal closure system
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:21 EDTAETOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:07 EDTGEEU opens probe in GE's proposed acquisition of Alstom's energy business
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether General Electric's (GE) proposed acquisition of the Thermal Power, Renewable Power & Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY) is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commissionís preliminary investigation indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines which are mainly used in gas-fired power plants. The transaction would bring together the activities of GE, the world's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty gas turbines, with those of Alstom, eliminating one of the three main global competitors to GE in this market. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 8 July, to take a final decision. Reference Link
11:10 EDTAETHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:03 EDTAETAetna sees preliminary CMS rates to lower funding for MA business 1% in 2016
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08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions, terms not disclosed
Medtronic announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition agreement, which closed in December 2014, were not disclosed.
08:05 EDTAETCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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February 20, 2015
12:19 EDTMDTFDA approves closure system to permanently treat varicose veins
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08:41 EDTAETInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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08:27 EDTSYKStryker has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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08:26 EDTGEArc Logistics to acquire all membership interests Joliet Bulk for $216M
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