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August 4, 2014
15:32 EDTLF, OTTR, MWA, TXRH, Y, MRO, TNET, MDU, THC, PXD, MDR, CAR, VNO, AIGNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American International Group (AIG), consensus $1.05; Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), consensus $1.28; Marathon Oil (MRO), consensus 75c; Vornado Realty Trust (VNO), consensus $1.12; Tenet Healthcare (THC), consensus 1c; Alleghany (Y), consensus $8.00; Avis Budget (CAR), consensus 61c; MDU Resources (MDU), consensus 29c; Texas Roadhouse (TXRH), consensus 33c; McDermott International (MDR), consensus (17c); TriNet Group (TNET), consensus 22c; Mueller Water Products (MWA), consensus 11c; Otter Tail (OTTR), consensus 23c; LeapFrog (LF), consensus (21c).
News For AIG;PXD;MRO;VNO;THC;Y;CAR;MDU;TXRH;MDR;TNET;MWA;OTTR;LF From The Last 14 Days
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June 26, 2015
07:37 EDTTHCLargest overhang removed from hospitals, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says that the Supreme Court's Smith versus Burwell decision removed the largest overhang facing the hospitals. The firm says that the group has a "clear outlook and strong fundamentals." It recommends that investors continue to buy Community Health and HCA (HCA). Oppenheimer raised its price target on Community Health to $82 from $60 and on HCA to $102 from $87.
07:22 EDTTHCHospital multiples should go higher, says Jefferies
Jefferies expects the multiples of Hospital stocks to go higher following yesterday’s Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act subsidies. The firm expects the gap between Hospital valuations and those of its healthcare services peers to now narrow. It raised its price target for Community Health (CYH) to $79 from $65, for HCA Holdings (HCA) to $108 from $95 and for Tenet (THC) to $70 from $63. Jefferies keeps Buy ratings on all three names. Wells Fargo this morning upgraded all three stocks to Outperform.
05:31 EDTTHCWells Fargo upgrades three hospitals following high court ruling
Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman upgraded HCA Holdings (HCA), Tenet (Tenet) and Community Health (CYH) to Outperform from Market citing improved long-term visibility into financial results following the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case. Lieberman believes the case is likely the final challenge to the Affordable Care Act and he expects hospitals to close some of the EBITDA multiple gap which exists between them and the broader market. The analyst keeps Market Perform ratings on LifePoint (LPNT) and Universal Health (UHS).
05:27 EDTTHCTenet upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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June 25, 2015
16:23 EDTTHC, CAROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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12:51 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher but quickly gave up most of their gains as investors awaited news of a deal being reached between Greece and its creditors. The averages bounced back when the Supreme Court issued its ruling upholding ACA subsidies, sending a number of healthcare linked stocks higher. The market remained in positive ground near noon, but well off its best levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.5% in May, matching the consensus expectation, while spending rose 0.9%, topping the expected 0.7% increase. Initial jobless claims were 271,000 in the week ended June 20, versus expectations for 273,000 first-time claims. Markit's services index fell to 54.8 for the flash June reading, versus expectations for a rise to 56.5 from the 56.2 May reading. The Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for June came in at -9, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of hospital operators and health insurers rose after the Supreme Court upheld the legality of subsidies provided under the framework of the Affordable Care Act. The 6 to 3 decision in the Burwell versus King case means that the government can continue to offer subsidies to low income people who purchase health insurance plans on the federal exchange. The plaintiffs in the case had asked the court to strike down such subsidies, saying that the ACA had only allowed the government to subsidize insurance bought on exchanges created by states. In the wake of the ruling, which has been eagerly anticipated, Tenet Healthcare (THC) and Community Health (CYH) both rose more than 14%, while HCA Holdings (HCA) advanced nearly 9%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), which advanced 5% after announcing that its board has approved the pursuit of an initial public offering for The Match Group, which includes dating website Match.com and mobile dating app Tinder. IAC expects Match Group to issue less than 20% of its common stock in the IPO, which is seen being completed during the fourth quarter of this year. Also higher was Magnum Hunter (MHR), which gained 5% after disclosing that it has now determined to pursue the sale by the company of 100% of its current equity ownership interest in Eureka Hunter Holdings. Among the noteworthy losers was World Acceptance (WRLD), which dropped 19% after the company entered into an amendment with its lenders on its revolving credit agreement. FBR Capital downgraded the stock to Market Perform and cut its price target for shares to $73 from $98 afterward, saying restrictive covenants in the latest amendment means free cash flow will now be used to pay down debt rather than buy back stock. Also lower were shares of Cree (CREE), which fell about 11% after the company announced last night that it has decided to restructure its LED Products business to reduce excess capacity and overhead following recent market trends that have resulted in higher LED average selling price erosion than previously forecast. Cree also lowered its Q4 revenue view and issued FY16 revenue guidance that was below the consensus expectation. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.88, or 0.11%, to 17,984.95, the Nasdaq was up 5.87, or 0.11%, to 5,128.29, and the S&P 500 was up 2.18, or 0.1%, to 2,110.76.
11:35 EDTCARAvis, Hertz slide after Credit Suisse notes pricing challenges
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11:31 EDTCARAvis Budget and Southwest sign multi-year partnership marketing agreement
Avis Budget (CAR) announced that it has entered into an expanded, new multi-year partnership marketing agreement with Southwest Airlines (LUV) which will enable the company to promote Avis Car Rental, Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental offers, products and services to Southwest customers. As part of the new agreement, Avis, Budget and Payless will have advertising placement on the Southwest Airlines website as well as merchandising placement throughout the airline reservation process. The car rental brands will also be featured on airline confirmation pages and pre-trip emails to customers.
11:06 EDTTHCHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:39 EDTTHCUniversal Health, HCA have most potential upside after ACA ruling, says Leerink
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10:14 EDTTHCTenet volatility up on Obamacare subsidies upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
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10:14 EDTTHCHospital stocks jump after Supreme Court upholds 'Obamacare' subsidies
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10:11 EDTTHCACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
10:00 EDTMROOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Buy, added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Greenhill & Co. (GHL) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Goldman... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Capital One... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Office Depot (ODP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Quanex (NX) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... NRG Yield upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale.
07:21 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with JPMorgan
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05:59 EDTMROMarathon Oil upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst William Featherston upgraded Marathon Oil to Buy after his firm raised its 2015 Brent and WTI oil price forecasts for 2015 and 2016. Marathon is an inexpensive way to play rising oil prices, Featherston tells investors in a recent note. He has a $32 price target for the stock.
05:56 EDTMROChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst William Featherston downgraded Chesapeake Energy (CHK) to Sell after his firm cut its long-term normalized natural gas price forecast to $4.00 from $4.50. Featherston thinks Chesapeake carries "far too much financial leverage" and he views the shares as expensive relative to peers. The analyst cut his price target for the stock to $11 from $16. Shares of the natural gas producer closed yesterday down 22c to $11.56. Featherston coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Marathon Oil (MRO) to Buy.
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTAIGWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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15:58 EDTOTTR, MDUMDU Resources, Otter Tail enter project ownership agreement
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05:57 EDTTHCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA THC
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA (XOMA) 169, Tenet (THC) 51 according to iVolatility.
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