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News For AKR;MCD;MPEL;SYT;RHHBY;TSM;DST;AET;ATHN From The Last 14 Days
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April 20, 2015
10:11 EDTTSMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTTSMApplied Materials added to Franchise Picks list at Jefferies
Jefferies added Applied Materials (AMAT) to its Franchise Picks list with the stock down 14% year-to-date. The firm attributes the pullback to concerns around tool reuse, and notes it still expects foundry capital spending to increase amid "increased process complexity and competition." Jefferies' work indicates TSMC's (TSM) and Intel's (INTC) capex cuts were driven by market share losses rather than innovation in tool reuse. It keeps a Buy rating on AMAT with a $29 price target.
05:44 EDTTSMTSMC to open new fab for 10nm manufacturing in 2016, DigiTimes reports
TSMC Chairman Morris Chang said the company will break ground for a new fab at its 12-inch wafer plant in Taiwan in June 2016, reports DigiTimes. Chang said TSMC never competes directly with its fabless clients and treats them as partners. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
13:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
McDonald's April weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, May is at 20, June is at 18, September is at 16; compared to 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
09:17 EDTAKRUrban Edge names Herbert Eilberg as Chief Investment Officer
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05:32 EDTRHHBYAccelerate Diagnostics appoints Pete Bantock to Chief Culture Officer
Accelerate Diagnostics (AXDX) appointed Pete Bantock to the newly created position of Chief Culture Officer and Head of Human Resources. Bantock was most recently the SVP and Head of commercial Operations for the Americas. He will be replaced by Ron Price, who joins the company from Roche (RHHBY) where he held the position of VP of Point of Care and Commercial Operations.
April 16, 2015
11:07 EDTTSMTSMC capex cut not worrisome for semi equipment makers, says Summit Research
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11:00 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue impact from 'customers’ business loss'
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10:55 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue NT$204B-NT$207B
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10:50 EDTTSMTSMC reports Q1 net income NT$78.99B vs.NT$47.9B in 1Q14
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10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:04 EDTRHHBYRoche granted orphan status for lymphoma treatment
The FDA granted Roche's Genentech unit orphan status for Gazyva, its treatment of follicular lymphoma.
07:44 EDTTSMApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
05:50 EDTTSMTSMC to lag behind UMC, Powerchip to build 12-inch fab in China, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
17:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTMPELOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:49 EDTMPELMelco Crown downgraded to Reduce from Hold at BNP Paribas
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06:41 EDTTSMCiti recommends Applied Materials, Lam after Intel capex cut
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06:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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05:37 EDTMPELMelco Crown downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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April 14, 2015
11:07 EDTATHNathenahealth volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
athenahealth April call option implied volatility is at 62, April weekly is at 41, May is at 47, June is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 1.
06:30 EDTRHHBYRoche to seek to have cancer drug tested in 11 trials in 2015, Reuters says
Roche said it would seek to have its immunotherapy cancer drug, MPDL3280A, in 11 late stage trials by the end of 2015, aaccording to Reuters. The drug is being tested in melanoma, as well as lung, bladder, kidney, bowel and blood cancers, the news service noted. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
14:42 EDTATHNathenahealth volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
athenahealth April call option implied volatility is at 66, April is at 45, May is at 53, June is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 1.
10:58 EDTAETCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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10:54 EDTATHNathenahealth deal with Trinity should ease concerns, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes Trinity Health's selection of athenaOne as its EHR, practice management and patient engagement platform will ease concerns over a "dry spell" for athenahealth's enterprise unit. Piper points out athenahealth also announced its latest app, athenaText for Apple Watch, to expand care coordination for providers on its platform. It notes Trinity Health is one of the nation's largest health systems and reiterates an Overweight rating on athenahealth with a $210 price target.
10:50 EDTATHNTrinity Health to implement athenahealth's athenaOne
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10:01 EDTRHHBYRoche acquires CAPP Medical
Roche announced it has acquired CAPP Medical, a genomics research company founded by Stanford University oncologists and industry veterans, to advance the development of technology for cancer screening and monitoring through the detection of circulating tumor DNA in blood.
07:33 EDTAETJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
07:31 EDTATHNHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
07:29 EDTATHNLeerink to hold booth tours at HIMSS
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April 10, 2015
11:13 EDTATHNLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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05:54 EDTTSMTSMC to begin Phase 5 construction of Fab 15 facility in May, DigiTimes says
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April 9, 2015
12:27 EDTDSTDST Systems unit to acquire Red Rocks Capital for up to $65M
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April 8, 2015
15:19 EDTRHHBYRoche says receives European approval for Avastin plus chemotherapy
Roche announced that the European Commission approved Avastin -- bevacizumab -- in combination with standard chemotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with persistent, recurrent or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix. The EU approval was based on the significant survival benefit in the pivotal GOG-0240 study, which showed that women who received Avastin plus chemotherapy had a statistically significant 26% reduction in the risk of death, representing a median improvement in survival of nearly four months, compared to women who received chemotherapy alone.
April 7, 2015
14:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's to introduce three new, large burgers, AP says
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12:58 EDTATHNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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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.
10:19 EDTATHNHigh option volume stocks
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10:17 EDTATHNathenahealth April volatility increases on wide price movement
athenahealth April weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, April is at 45, May is at 35, June is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
09:52 EDTATHNEinhorn reiterates short thesis on athenahealth at conference
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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).
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 EDTRHHBYEyeforpharma to hold a summit
Philadelphia 2015 Commercial Pharma Summit is being held in Philadelphia on April 7-8.
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
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