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Stryker wants to buy Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific headquarters in Massachusetts.
Boston Scientific is known for making heart devices. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Stryker has made an offer to buy Boston Scientific, a deal that would create one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Boston Scientific's stock shot up on the news, giving it a market cap of about $48 billion.

The big picture: It's still too early to say whether Stryker's takeover aspirations will lead to a final deal, the WSJ said. But a consolidation would give considerably more pricing power to companies that create many widely used devices, like pacemakers and hip surgery implants.