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February 24, 2014
04:55 EDTAET, AET, AET, AET, LVLT, LVLT, LVLT, LVLT, HPQ, HPQ, HPQ, HPQ, INFA, INFA, INFA, INFA, IBM, IBM, IBM, IBM, JNPR, JNPR, JNPR, JNPR, EMC, EMC, EMC, EMC, CIEN, CIEN, CIEN, CIEN, CA, CA, CA, CA, T, T, T, T, WAG, WAG, WAG, WAG, VZ, VZ, VZ, VZ, MSFT, MSFT, MSFT, MSFT, IT, IT, IT, IT, SI, SI, SI, SI, ORCL, ORCL, ORCL, ORCLHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition is being held in Orlando, Florida on February 23-27.
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February 24, 2015
09:02 EDTJNPRJuniper adds 2 directors to board, announces agreement with Elliott
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07:14 EDTJNPRCantor to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTHPQTwo reshuffles in HP's cloud computing unit, Gigaom says
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06:36 EDTHPQHP obtains ten year outsourcing deal from Deutsche Bank, Reuters reports
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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14:24 EDTIBMIBM signs strategic teaming agreement with Tech Mahindra
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12:28 EDTT, VZGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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12:21 EDTAETOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTAETHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:03 EDTAETAetna sees preliminary CMS rates to lower funding for MA business 1% in 2016
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09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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08:55 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
HP February weekly call option implied volatility is at 61, March is 30, April is at 28, August is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 24.
08:05 EDTAETCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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07:40 EDTHPQHP Q1 results could beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that ivnestors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:38 EDTTComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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05:33 EDTTDirecTV downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTT, VZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
11:37 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into host investor day
IBM February weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, March is at 15, July is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing movement into a company hosted investor day to be held in New York on February 26.
08:41 EDTAETInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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07:27 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
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