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St. Jude stock rises on takeover rumors

  • September 11, 2007 - 8:44 PM

Shares of St. Jude Medical Inc., the third-largest U.S. maker of electronic heart devices, gained the most in almost two months today on speculation that the company may receive a takeover bid, Bloomberg News reported.

St. Jude rose $1.82, or 4.1 percent, to $46.06 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The increase is the biggest since 5.5 percent on July 18, when the Little Canada-based company reported earnings that beat estimates.

Johnson & Johnson is the rumored suitor, said Marc Weinberger, head trader at W. Quillen Securities in New York. J&J, of New Brunswick, N.J., lost to Boston Scientific Corp. in a bidding war for Guidant Corp., a maker of electronic heart devices.

Boston Scientific, the second-largest heart-device maker behind Medtronic Inc., bought Guidant for $27.5 billion last year.

"This is a rumor that has been around before, and I think that's because it makes a lot of sense," Weinberger said.

Kathleen Janasz, a spokeswoman at St. Jude Medical, and Jeff Leebaw, a spokesman at J&J, declined to comment.

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