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January 8, 2014
10:41 EDTAET, CVS, WMTAetna adds Wal-Mart to preferred pharmacy network of Aetna CVS plan
Aetna (AET) announced that Walmart (WMT) and Samís Club pharmacies will be added to the preferred pharmacy network of the Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan as of January 1. The Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan is available in 43 states and the District of Columbia.
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April 17, 2014
07:32 EDTWMTMoneyGram to host conference call
Conference call to discuss Walmart's announcement of new service offering will be held on April 17 at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Euronet to announce new service today
Walmart (WMT) and Euronet (EEFT) last night announced that they will hold a conference call today to announce a new service. "Walmart and Euronet are committed to providing innovative solutions to help customers reduce costs and better manage their money," the press release stated. Shares of Euronet rallied 77c to $41.56 in after-hours trading following the news.
06:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart and Euronet host conference call
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April 16, 2014
10:08 EDTAETUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTAETPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 11, 2014
10:05 EDTAETAetna, Tenet form accountable care collaboration in San Antonio
Aetna (AET), Tenetís (THC) Baptist Health System and HealthTexas Medical Group announced an accountable care collaboration and the introduction of the Aetna Whole Health product in the San Antonio area. The health plans, designed for fully insured customers with employees who live or work in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall counties, will be available on July 1.
07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
11:23 EDTCVSRite Aid hits 52-week high after results, sales view top estimates
Shares of retail drugstore Rite Aid (RAD) are rallying after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 revenue outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Rite Aid reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 10c and revenue of $6.6B, compared to expectations of 4c and $6.54B, respectively. Q4 same store sales increased 2.1%. Rite Aid forecast FY15 EPS of 31c-42c, compared to the consensus of 35c. FY15 revenue was seen at $26B-$26.5B, ahead of the consensus $25.75B. FY15 same-store sales are expected by the company to be up 2.5%-4.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Rite Aid also announced it has acquired RediClinic, which currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Rite Aid CEO John Standley said, ďOur recent acquisitions of Health Dialog and RediClinic, our expanded partnership with McKesson and our continued commitment to investing in our store base have positioned us to transition our strategy from turnaround to growth as we more aggressively pursue opportunities to become a growing retail healthcare company.Ē PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rite Aid rose 71c, or about 11%, to $7.11 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $7.39. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 300% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retail drugstore operators include Walgreen Company (WAG) and CVS Caremark (CVS).
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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April 9, 2014
09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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April 8, 2014
13:24 EDTCVSCVS confirms final SEC settlement, says will not be required to restate earnings
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13:08 EDTCVSCVS Caremark pays $20M to settle SEC accounting charges
The SEC announced that it charged CVS Caremark "with misleading investors about significant financial setbacks and using improper accounting that artificially boosted its financial performance." CVS has agreed to pay $20M to settle the charges, the agency said. Reference Link
10:18 EDTAETCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTAETLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTAETCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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07:24 EDTCVSCVS Caremark price target raised to $84-$89 from $75-$80 at Wells Fargo
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April 4, 2014
08:02 EDTWMTSam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
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