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Jefferies Downgrades ArthroCare (ARTC) to Hold, Cuts Numbers

February 17, 2012 7:01 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Jefferies downgraded ArthroCare (NASDAQ: ARTC) from Buy to Hold with a price target of $25 (down from $32).

The firm comments, "Our thesis on ARTC has been partially based on the eventual acquisition of the company. However, because of a new and entirely unexpected DOJ civil investigation, this outcome is not likely anytime soon. Given the underlying performance of the business, the valuation at current levels is unsupportable without the premium a potential acquisition provides. We are downgrading to Hold and lowering our price target to $25 from $32."

The firm cut Q1 EPS from $0.39 to $0.36 and FY12 from $1.62 to $1.45. FY13 was maintained at $1.60.

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Shares of ArthroCare closed at $30.77 yesterday.

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