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As Covidien (NYSE:COV) closed its 4th recent acquisition, analysts speculated that there may be more deals on the near future.

The Mansfield, Mass.-based company may be looking to pick up some assets in hypertension treatment, or may keep its sights on additional acquisitions in Israel.

A report by MedCity News speculated that Covidien’s support for Maya Medical’s renal denervation systems may soon lead to a buyout.

An unnamed investor told Israel’s Globes business news that Covidien will likely be on the lookout for "activities in their existing areas or areas in which their major competitors are not operating."

That may include pulmonary devices, anesthetics intensive care and monitoring, the investor added.

Covidien picked up 3 Israeli device makers on its recent shopping spree. The company spent spent $300 million for patient monitoring device maker Oridion (SWF:ORIDN), $300 million plus possible earnouts for superDimension and an undisclosed amount for hernia mesh maker PolyTouch Medical Ltd.

Covidien this week also closed the $108 million acquisition of Newport Medical Instruments, a deal initially announced in March.

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 Analysts’ ups and downs

  • Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX): Deutsche cuts price target from $82 to $81 on low organic growth
  • Biogen Idec (NSDQ:BIIB): Jeffries raises price target from $137 to $154
  • Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW): Goldman Sachs maintains "buy" rating, raises price target from $90 to $97; Wells Fargo upgrades to "outperform" rating on Sapien sales and reimbursement outlook; Cannacord Genuity maintains "buy" rating, raises price target fro $86 to $93; Leerink Swann maintain "outperform" rating and $90 price target
  • Haemonetics (NYSE:HAE): Morgan Stanley raises to "equal weight" rating, maintains $55 price target
  • Hologic (NSDQ:HOLX): Cantor Fitzgerald maintains "hold" rating, boost price target from $18 to $20
  • Hospira (NYSE:HSP): Leerink Swann hand down "market perform" rating, $36 price target
  • Medidata NSDQ:MDSO): Jeffries maintains "buy" rating, increases price target from $31 to $34
  • NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA): Baird ups rating to "outperform," raises price target from $18 to $24; William Blair lifts rating to "outperform"; Cannacord Genuity maintains "buy" rating, increases price target from $21 to $27
  • Solta Medical (NSDQ:SLTM): Leerink Swann hands down "outperform" rating, raises price target from $4.12 to $4.95
  • Spectranetics (NSDQ:SPNC): Barrington Research maintains an "outperform" rating and $13 price target
  • Teleflex (NYSE:TFX): Jeffries raises price target to $64, maintains "hold" rating; Leerink Swann maintains "market perform" rating
  • Thoratec (NSDQ:THOR): Oppenheimer & Co. maintains "outperform rating," raises price target from $40 to $42; Leerink Swann maintains "outperform" rating and $45 price target
  • Wright Medical (NSDQ:WMGI): Jeffries raises price target to to $19, upgrades to "hold" rating

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