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July 23, 2014
06:45 EDTMYL, ABT, COV, VRX, AGNLawmakers divided on inversion deals, NY Times says
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrat Ron Wyden, called tax inversion deals a "plague" yesterday, and advocated retroactive legislation that would eliminate substantial tax benefits of many of the inversion deals announced over the last year. However, the top Republican on the panel, Orrin Hatch, said he opposed retroactive legislation, the newspaper noted. Another Democratic senator, Charles Schumer, called for legislation that would target the ability of companies that carry out inversion deals to deduct their interest expenses, and predicted that Congress would pass a law targeting ivnesions, the newspaper stated. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott’s (ABT), Medtronic's acquisition of Covidien (COV)and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Alletgan (AGN). Reference Link
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October 16, 2014
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08:58 EDTAGNAllergan was pressured by AbbVie news, says BMO Capital
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07:23 EDTAGNIBF Conferences to hold a summit
Ophthalmology Innovation Summit is being held in Chicago on October 16.
06:17 EDTCOVJefferies 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).
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTCOVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
15:03 EDTCOVMedtronic management affirms commitment to Covidien deal, says Deutsche Bank
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15:00 EDTAGNShire-Allergan, AbbVie-Pfizer deals possible if merger scrapped, Bloomberg says
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13:07 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan seeing arb-related selling pressure, says BMO Capital
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10:48 EDTABT, COVShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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07:32 EDTCOVUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
October 14, 2014
06:03 EDTAGNMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
07:37 EDTCOVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:25 EDTCOVEuropean Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
28th EACTS Annual Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy on October 11-15.
06:39 EDTAGNAllergan takeout value at or above $210 per share, says Leerink
Leerink believes Allergan's takeover value is now at or above $210 per share given the company's recent execution. After speaking with management, the firm says Allergan's upside in Q3 was driving by fundamentals, not cost cuts. It continues to view the "most likely and straightforward outcome" for Allergan as being an outright sale of the company. Leerink raised its price target for shares to $215 from $184 and keeps an Outperform rating on Allergan.
October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAGNMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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10:20 EDTAGNFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:37 EDTAGN, VRXActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:35 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $224-$225, from $198-$199 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Allergan after the company pre-released better-than-expected revenue and EPS, and raised its 2014-2016 EPS guidance. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:16 EDTCOV, AGN, VRXAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
07:04 EDTCOVMedtronic announces Omar Ishrak will remain CEO of new company
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