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July 16, 2014
07:59 EDTPFE, MDT, PRGO, VRX, AGN, ABBV, SHPG, ABT, MYL, AZN, COVTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and others, urged Congress to take action to address the "urgent issue" of tax inversions, which Lew said "function to hollow out the U.S. corporate income tax base." Lew noted that President Obama proposes to ensure that companies cannot change their tax domicile without a change in control of the company. According to Lew, several senators have "put companies on notice that any transaction that takes place after early May will not have the desired effect of lowering future U.S. tax liabilities." Tax inversions are a particularly significant issue in the pharmaceutical industry. Companies that have recently proposed transactions that involve an inversion component or have been linked to potential transactions include Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN), Mylan (MYL), Abbott (ABT), Shire (SHPG), AbbVie (ABBV), Allergan (AGN), Valeant (VRX), Perrigo (PRGO), Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV). Reference Link
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August 20, 2014
09:46 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan merger deal not imminent, CNBC's Faber reports
An acquisition by Allergan (AGN) is not imminent, CNBC's David Faber reports. Salix (SLXP) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) are said to be potential targets of the company, Faber adds. Valeant (VRX) could announce over the next few days that it has enough votes to call for a special meeting, the reported said.
08:47 EDTMDTMedtronic valuation attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Medtronic's (MDT) valuation is attractive given pipeline execution, margin growth and shareholder returns, and expectations for the Covidien (COV) deal to go through. Shares are Overweight rated
08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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07:19 EDTAGNPossible Allergan Salix deal could be 8% accretive in '15-'16, says Wells Fargo
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) had approached Salix (SLXP) and other companies about a potential acquisition, Wells Fargo thinks that a largely debt financed purchase of Salix could be 8% accretive for Allergan in 2015-2016, reaching 12% accretion in 2018.
07:18 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
07:07 EDTAGN, VRXSome Valeant shareholders express uncertainty over Allergan deal, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTAGNSalix buyout price could be near $192 per share, says William Blair
William Blair believes a combined Allergan (AGN) and Salix (SLXP) would be very attractive. The firm estimates a potential takeover price for Salix towards the high end of its $176-$192 per share range. Salix rose 16% yesterday to $160.80 after Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan approached the company and at least one other about a takeover.
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAGN, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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14:40 EDTAGNSterne Agee says Allergan could pay up to $190 for Salix and still be accretive
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13:13 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:06 EDTAGNSalix jumps 6% to $147.85 after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:05 EDTAGNAllergan approached Salix about takeover, WSJ reports
11:44 EDTMYLMylan launches generic Precedex Injection
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08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic sees FY15 gross margin of 74.5%-75%, with Q2 on lower end of range
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08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic: Negative factors in Spine segment in Q1 werre temporary
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08:22 EDTMDT, COVMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.04
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07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 92c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.27B, consensus $4.25B.
07:01 EDTAZNDOJ closes investigation into PLATO Brilinta clinical trial, plans no action
AstraZeneca today announced that it has received confirmation from the United States Department of Justice that it is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with BRILINTA tablets. The government is not planning any further action. Pascal Soriot, CEO, said: “We welcome the Department of Justice’s decision not to pursue further action. We have always had absolute confidence in the integrity of the PLATO trial and we are proud of the important benefit BRILINTA offers to patients around the world suffering from acute coronary syndrome. As one of AstraZeneca’s growth platforms, we remain committed to delivering the full potential of this important medicine.” As part of our continued commitment to advancing the science behind cardiovascular medicine, AstraZeneca has initiated a clinical trial program for BRILINTA, its largest program involving more than 80,000 patients worldwide.
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