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Why Mallinckrodt and Endo International Shares Jumped Today

By Brian Orelli, PhD - Updated Aug 19, 2019 at 4:37PM

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Investors appear to have some confidence that the companies will settle their opioid lawsuits.

What happened

Shares of Mallinckrodt (MNK) closed up 12% on Monday while Endo International (ENDP -19.52%) jumped almost 13%, without either company releasing any news.

It could just be a coincidence, but it seems likely that investors have more confidence that the opioid lawsuits that both companies face will be settled sooner rather than later.

So what

A decision in an opioid lawsuit between Johnson & Johnson (JNJ 1.75%) and the State of Oklahoma is expected in the coming weeks, so opioid companies have an incentive to settle their cases rather than let the Johnson & Johnson ruling set the bar for what others might have to pay.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that drug distributors McKesson (MCK 1.17%), Cardinal Health (CAH -0.05%), and AmerisourceBergen (ABC 0.54%) were in talks with a group of state attorneys general to settle their lawsuits. The companies reportedly wanted to pay $10 billion and the states wanted $45 billion, which seems like a fairly large gap to find a compromise.

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Now what

While a settlement would be great news for Mallinckrodt and Endo International -- assuming it didn't send either company into bankruptcy -- without any additional information, it's hard to see why now is a good time to invest in the companies. Mallinckrodt hasn't been able to spin off its specialty generics business, and Endo International continues to struggle, with second-quarter revenue down 2% year over year.

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