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Medtronic

$90.83

-0.04 (-0.04%)

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Medtronic begins pilot study of EV ICD system

Medtronic announced the start of a pilot study of its investigational Extravascular Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator system, in which a lead is placed outside of the heart and veins to deliver lifesaving defibrillation and antitachycardia pacing therapy all in one system, with a device size similar to transvenous ICDs. The first patient implant was performed at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand, representing the first intended long-term patient use of the Medtronic EV ICD system. The EV ICD system is investigational and not approved for sale or distribution. The pilot study will assess the Medtronic EV ICD system in 20 patients at four sites: Christchurch Hospital; Austin Health in Heidelberg, Australia; MonashHeart in Clayton, Australia; and The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. After implantation of the system, patients and their devices will be routinely checked to assess safety and device performance.

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MDT Medtronic
$90.83

-0.04 (-0.04%)

06/11/18
PIPR
06/11/18
NO CHANGE
Target $32.5
PIPR
Overweight
Piper doesn't see regulatory issues for possible Stryker, Boston Scientific deal
Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien believes regulatory constraints from Stryker's (SYK) potential acquisition of Boston Scientific (BSX) "should not be much of an issue" given the little overlap between the businesses. The deal structure would be the biggest issue facing Stryker as the company would likely have to lever up heavily to acquire Boston Scientific, O'Brien tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes a transaction could occur in the $52B-$54B range, assuming a typical medtech takeout premium of 20%-30%. Consequently, any transaction would either require a significant level of debt or dilution to Stryker shareholders, the analyst contends. He sees the potential deal as likely being dilutive until 2021. O'Brien has an Overweight rating on Boston Scientific with a $32.50 price target. The stock closed the trading day up 7% to $34.32 after the Wall Street Journal reported that Stryker approached the company regarding a takeover.
06/18/18
PIPR
06/18/18
NO CHANGE
Target $96
PIPR
Overweight
Piper continues to recommend Medtronic after management meeting
After meeting with management, Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien continues to recommend building positions in Medtronic (MDT). The analyst views management's 4% plus revenue outlook over the next several years as "readily achievable and likely conservative." Management noted that given the low penetration rates of surgery performed on robots, they did not see a reason to be aggressive on pricing of their system once they get it to market, O'Brien tells investors in a research note. He believes that is a positive comment for Intuitive Surgical (ISRG). The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on Medtronic with a $96 price target.
06/26/18
BMOC
06/26/18
NO CHANGE
Target $94
BMOC
Outperform
Medtronic Sugar IQ software 'underappreciated', says BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Joanne Wuensch kept her Outperform rating and $94 price target on Medtronic after its Diabetes Analyst Meeting at ADA yesterday. The analyst cites the company's message that it is investing in a comprehensive program to better treat diabetes patients while focusing on systems to reduce healthcare costs, having raised its market share and decreased preventable hospitalizations. Wuensch also believes that Medtronic's Sugar IQ software is underappreciated given its ability to start providing "customizable insights to patients after just five days of data collection".
06/27/18
BERN
06/27/18
INITIATION
Target $88
BERN
Market Perform
Medtronic initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Lee Hambright started Medtronic with a Market Perform rating and $88 price target as he believes the company is undergoing "something of an identity crisis." After ardent pursuit of economic value and globalization strategies over the past 7 years, Medtronic messaging has recently shifted, with greater emphasis on technology leadership, he contends. The analyst believes the new messaging is the right move for the company, but thinks the stock is unlikely to work until the company can demonstrate consistent performance on margin and cash conversion commitments.

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