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August 7, 2014
10:00 EDTUNH, ESYJY, VOD, PERI, MNTX, ATML, FUEL, NUS, XXIA, AET, THOR, RLOC, NSPH, CPA, ANAD, SDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ANADIGICS (ANAD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Copa Holdings (CPA) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Ixia (XXIA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Manitex (MNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter... Nanosphere (NSPH) downgraded at Craig-Hallum... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Perion Network (PERI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... ReachLocal (RLOC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Thoratec (THOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... easyJet (ESYJY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
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April 9, 2015
07:29 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 25, June is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
05:46 EDTSDStocks with implied volatility movement; SF FXI
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April 8, 2015
11:44 EDTSDStocks with call strike movement; BTU SD
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06:10 EDTPERIPerion disputes amount of milestone payments in SweetIM acquisition, Globes says
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05:50 EDTSDStocks with implied volatility movement; SD DHI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; SandRidge Energy (SD) 91, D.R. Horton (DHI) 37 according to iVolatility.
April 7, 2015
11:56 EDTNSPHNanosphere announces reverse split of common stock
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11:42 EDTNSPHNanosphere solicited by Navy for Verigene RV+ test contract
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10:48 EDTTHORLeerink medical supplies & devices analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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10:28 EDTVODMavenir announces VoLTE launch with Vodafone Germany
Mavenir Systems (MVNR) announced its VoLTE application solution was launched by Vodafone Germany (VOD), who announced during CEBIT 2015 the first commercially available VoLTE service in the European market. Mavenir’s virtualized VoLTE application solution consists of its IMS Telephony Application Server, Application Gateway and Media Resource Function.
10:23 EDTUNH, AETMedicare 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).
07:57 EDTUNHManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:44 EDTAET, UNHSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTAET, UNH2016 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.
07:01 EDTPERIPerion Network names Michael Waxman-Lenz as Chief Strategy Officer
Perion Network announced the appointment of Michael Waxman-Lenz as Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately. Waxman-Lenz will be responsible for developing and executing global strategy, corporate development and marketing for Perion, and he will report directly to CEO Josef Mandelbaum. Waxman-Lenz joins Perion after co-founding and serving as CEO of INTEAD, an education marketing and technology company specializing in creating universities’ strategies for attracting international students as well as developing their mobile and digital assets.
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
05:48 EDTUNHCatamaran downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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April 6, 2015
13:12 EDTUNHCatamaran purchase expected to clear antitrust hurdles, CT Financial News says
Optum, a unit of UnitedHealth (UNH), is expected to face close scrutiny by regulators over its proposed acquisition of Catamaran (CTRX) and its pharmacy benefits management unit, but the deal is likely to be approved by regulators, CT Financial News reports, adding that the prospective deal could start a wave of consolidation among PBMs. Norm Smith, president and founder of health care research firm Viewpoint Consulting, believes the ultimate beneficiaries of the OptumRx/Catamaran deal will be consumers and health insurers. Reference Link
07:57 EDTAET, UNHLeerink 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.
April 5, 2015
09:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth looks expensive, Barron's says
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