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January 9, 2014
10:01 EDTWSM, INSM, ANGI, LLL, DHI, DAN, CACI, FRX, M, HAL, STI, MPW, JCP, AZN, VAL, RVBD, MCD, DD, ALB, TS, PSA, JNJ, D, AETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aetna (AET) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Albemarle (ALB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Dominion (D) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Riverbed (RVBD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Valspar (VAL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Forest Labs (FRX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Insmed (INSM) upgraded at JMP Securities... CACI International (CACI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... H&R Block (HRB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Dana Holding (DAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded at Raymond James... Macy's (M) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
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April 7, 2015
16:12 EDTAZNRegulus RG-125 selected as clinical candidate by AstraZeneca
Regulus Therapeutics (RGLS) announced the selection of RG-12, a GalNAc-conjugated anti-miR targeting microRNA-103/107, or miR-103/107, for the treatment of Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, or NASH, in patients with type 2 diabetes/pre-diabetes, as a clinical candidate by AstraZeneca (AZN) under the companies' strategic alliance to discover, develop and commercialize microRNA therapeutics. RG-125 is the first compound from the alliance to be selected for clinical development by AstraZeneca. In connection with the candidate selection, AstraZeneca will pay Regulus $2.5M and will assume development of the program following acceptance of an Investigational New Drug application. In the near term, Regulus and AstraZeneca plan to submit key preclinical data on the RG-125 program to be presented at a scientific meeting later this year and expect to initiate a Phase I study of RG-125 in humans by the end of 2015.
14:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's to introduce three new, large burgers, AP says
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10:23 EDTAETMedicare Advantage 2016 rates set above expectations
The U.S. yesterday announced higher than expected 2016 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates. The news is seen as benefiting managed care companies with large exposure to the Medicare Advantage program. WHAT'S NEW: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, yesterday afternoon announced that Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates would rise 1.25% in 2016 from 2015 levels. In February, CMS proposed a 0.95% reduction in Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates for 2016. This year, reimbursement rates have fallen 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Humana (HUM) said this morning in a regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, the company expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation, the company explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Scott Fidel wrote that this is the first time in seven years that CMS has implemented an increase in Medicare Advantage rates. However, noting that CMS said it had raised its estimates for Medicare costs, Fidel added that this forecast tempered the positive outlook created by the reimbursement increase. The analyst kept Buy ratings on the following stocks in the sector: Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Cigna (CI), Magellan Health (MGLN), and UnitedHealth (UNH). Stifel analysts said that the results were modestly better than expected, except for the agency's decision not to make a Star rating adjustment for plans with certain higher acuity populations. The firm thinks that more diversified managed care companies with Medicare Advantage products could be boosted by CMS' decision, identifying Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth as being among the companies in that category. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna was little changed at $107.40, Anthem was flat near $155 per share, Cigna slipped 0.4% to $131.34, Magellan was flat at $71, UnitedHealth added 0.5% to $118.31 and Humana gained fractionally to $178.54.
08:20 EDTAETCowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
08:04 EDTCACICACI awarded $86M contract to support U.S. Army's CECOM SEC
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07:44 EDTAETSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTAET2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
07:14 EDTAZNEyeforpharma to hold a summit
Philadelphia 2015 Commercial Pharma Summit is being held in Philadelphia on April 7-8.
07:01 EDTALBAlbemarle to increase prices on all shipments of Ethacure 100 products
Albemarle announced that it will increase prices on all shipments globally of Ethacure 100 products by a minimum of 25%, effective immediately, or as contracts allow.
07:00 EDTDDDuPont, proxy advisory firm to meet this month, Reuters reports
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06:56 EDTAETAetna CEO sees 'groundswell' of wage increases in coming months, WSJ reports
Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, says he believes there will be a "groundswell" of pay increases for the lowest-paid employees at big companies in the next few months, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bertolini commented at a Peterson Institute for International Economics event that he believes "there are a number of CEOs that will come out in the next six months with wage increases that will matter." Reference Link
April 6, 2015
18:15 EDTDDDuPont says cost of Trian breakup proposal approximately $4B, WSJ reports
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14:48 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
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14:34 EDTJNJDepomed price target raised to $30 from $27 at Roth Capital
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09:36 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTDDDuPont expects annual run rate savings of $1B by end of 2015
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07:57 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
07:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's valuation still attractive, says RBC Capital
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06:21 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson CEO comments on Asia expansion, WSJ reports
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April 5, 2015
08:43 EDTMCDAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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