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April 28, 2014
04:55 EDTSI, SI, SI, THOR, THOR, THOR, STJ, STJ, STJ, ATRC, ATRC, ATRC, CADX, CADX, CADX, COV, COV, COV, CRY, CRY, CRY, EW, EW, EW, HTWR, HTWR, HTWR, ISRG, ISRG, ISRG, MDT, MDT, MDT, MYGN, MYGN, MYGN, RTIX, RTIX, RTIX, WTKWY, WTKWY, WTKWYAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
94th Annual Meeting of AATS is being held in Toronto on April 26-30.
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March 25, 2015
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07:49 EDTATRCAtriCure remains a favorite small-cap stock for 2015, says Canaccord
Canaccord said AtriCure remains one of its favorite small-cap stock picks for 2015 following its inaugural analyst day. The firm sees accelerating growth and expanding gross margins. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $28 from $26 on AtriCure shares.
07:12 EDTRTIXAmerican Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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March 24, 2015
10:40 EDTISRGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:08 EDTEWSenate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Continuing America’s Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients" with Chairman & CEO Mussallem of Edwards Lifesciences on March 24 at 10 am. Webcast Link
March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTEWStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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09:21 EDTATRCAtriCure to host analyst/investor meeting
Analyst/Investor Meeting to be held in New York on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:41 EDTMYGNAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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05:17 EDTMYGNMyriad EMPATHY-P clinical study results to be highlighted at annual congress
Myriad Genetics announced that results from the EMPATHY-P clinical study of Prolaris in patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer will be highlighted at the 30th Annual Congress of the European Association of Urology. The EMPATHY-P study evaluated the Prolaris test on 525 patient biopsy samples to determine the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in these newly diagnosed patients from five European countries including: Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. The patients' biopsy samples also were evaluated using standard clinical pathology methods, which were then compared to the Prolaris test results. The EMPATHY-P data showed, overall, that the Prolaris test found 42% of the European men evaluated had a risk profile that was either lower or higher than would be expected using clinical pathology. Interestingly, this finding is consistent with the previously published U.S. Prostate Biopsy Research study, which found 51% of U.S. patients had a risk profile that differed from clinical pathology.
March 18, 2015
10:00 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:39 EDTMDT, STJSt. Jude Medical downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded St. Jude Medical (STJ) to Market Perform saying competitive pressures will drive 2015 market share losses in the company's cardiac rhythm management business, which represents 50% of total sales. Wells believes the launch of CardioMEMS will not be strong enough to offset the headwinds in CRM unit. The firm thinks Boston Scientific's (BSX) earlier than expected approval for its next generation subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator called Emblem will drive share gains against St. Jude and Medtronic (MDT) in the single chamber ICD market. Wells cut its price target range for St. Jude shares to $69-$70 from $73-$74. The medical technology company closed yesterday down $2.01 to $65.45.
March 17, 2015
07:18 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics announces collaboration expansion with BioMarin
Myriad Genetics (MYGN) announced an expansion of the company's collaboration with BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN). Under the expanded collaboration, BioMarin will use Myriad's myChoice HRD companion diagnostic test to prospectively identify patients with metastatic breast, ovarian and potentially other tumor types that may be sensitive to talazoparib. Financial terms were not disclosed.
March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTEWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:16 EDTMDT, STJ, EWAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
12:43 EDTEWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
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08:05 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical data 'impressive,' says BMO Capital
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07:30 EDTEW, MDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTEW, MDTMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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