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June 5, 2014
05:42 EDTJNJ, SYK, SNN, ZMH, MDTMedtronic offer for Smith & Nephew may bring bidding war, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes a Medtronic (MDT) takeover offer for Smith & Nephew (SNN) would make strategic and financial sense. However, Wells cautions that Smith & Nephew's "relatively small" share in hip and knee implants could put Medtronic at a competitive disadvantage to larger ortho players Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Zimmer (ZMH). The firm thinks a potential offer from Medtronic may prompt Stryker (SYK) to reconsider Smith & Nephew, potentially resulting in a bidding war.
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November 18, 2014
08:28 EDTMDTMedtronic sees U.S. approval for IMPACT Admiral balloon in Q1
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07:30 EDTZMHZimmer agrees with EC to extend deal review deadline by 'limited number of days'
Zimmer Holdings announced that it has agreed with the European Commission to extend the deadline for the EC's review of Zimmer's proposed acquisition of Biomet by a "limited number of days" in order to provide the EC with certain additional information. Under the previous timeline, the EC had until March 11, 2015 to make a final decision on the proposed transaction. As a result of this extension, the deadline for the EC's final decision will be extended by the limited amount of additional time that Zimmer has agreed to provide to the EC. "Deadline extensions are not uncommon in such in-depth investigations. Zimmer has been working closely with the regulatory authorities to facilitate their review of the pending transaction and is encouraged by the substantial progress that has been made to date in connection with the overall regulatory process. Zimmer continues to expect to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2015," the company said.
07:20 EDTMDTMedtronic confirms commitment to Covidien transaction
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.05
Narrows FY15 revenue guidance to up 4%-5% from 3%-5%.
07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q2 EPS 96c, consensus 96c
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November 17, 2014
15:16 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:57 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 21, January is at 19, February 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 Q2 results on November 18.
07:16 EDTJNJMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 16, 2014
14:08 EDTMDTDaVita announces collaboration with Medtronic
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) and leading provider of kidney care services, announced a collaboration with Medtronic (MDT) to better understand cardiovascular health in end stage renal disease, ESRD patients. The collaboration will focus on developing a pilot program using Medtronic's Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring system to identify cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving dialysis. "Medtronic recently announced data at the American Society of Nephrology meeting that showed a higher incidence of arrhythmias in patients receiving hemodialysis," said Ven Manda, vice president, Renal Care Solutions at Medtronic. "We are pleased to pursue this collaboration with DaVita to monitor more patients and gather additional data that will further our understanding of the relationship between dialysis and cardiac events in ESRD patients." "Given the high incidence rate of cardiovascular disease and events in ESRD patients, we believe that by collaborating with Medtronic, we can gain knowledge to help improve the lives of ESRD patients," said Mahesh Krishnan, vice president for clinical innovation and public policy for DaVita HealthCare Partners. "Through the collaboration we expect to utilize innovative monitoring technology and data from our DaVita Kidney Care information systems across the country. This effort is poised to improve the lives of patients by proactively detecting and preventing cardiac complications."
November 14, 2014
16:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:53 EDTJNJCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
12:43 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, WSJ reports
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11:50 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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November 13, 2014
16:35 EDTMDTMedtronic study reveals heart rhythm disorders in patients with ESRD
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16:28 EDTJNJGeron announces global strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech
Geron (GERN) announced that the company has entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, to develop and commercialize, imetelstat, Geron's telomerase inhibitor product candidate, for oncology, including hematologic malignancies, and other human therapeutics uses. Imetelstat is a modified oligonucleotide that is currently in early phase clinical development for myelofibrosis, or MF, and may have activity in other hematologic myeloid malignancies such as myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, and acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML. Under the terms of the agreement, Geron will receive an initial payment of $35M due after the applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act and is eligible to receive additional payments up to a potential total of $900M for the achievement of development, regulatory and commercial milestones, as well as royalties on worldwide net sales. Certain regulatory, development, manufacturing and promotional activities will be managed through a joint governance structure, with Janssen responsible for operational implementation of these activities. All sales will be booked by Janssen.
14:50 EDTMDTLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTMDTLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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13:27 EDTMDTMedtronic likely to continue to make new highs, Barron's says
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11:54 EDTJNJJanssen announces FDA approved sNDA for INVEGA SUSTENNA
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10:44 EDTJNJMallinckrodt news on generic Concerta positive for Actavis, says BMO Capital
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