Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of ICU Medical  -- a medical device maker in the fields of infusion therapy, oncology, and critical care -- soared as much as 17% on a report that the company could be exploring a sale.

So what: According to a Bloomberg News report that cites people familiar with the matter, ICU Medical has employed JPMorgan Chase to help it explore a sale that could yield a buy price of greater than $1 billion. As you might expect, neither ICU Medical nor JPMorgan Chase could be reached for comment.


Now what: Almost two years ago to the day that I included ICU Medical as one of my 10 small caps to rule them all because of its history of consistent growth, the opportunity that an aging population would present in terms of future growth, its large cash pile, and the potential that it may attract a buyer. Thus far that prognostication has been spot on with the share price having doubled and rumors swirling that it may indeed be looking to be purchased. This is a win-win for shareholders either way, because they either get the immediate pop of a buyout, or -- as I predicted -- ICU will continue higher over the long run as an aging population requires greater medical device usage.

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