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November 7, 2012
10:41 EDTESRX, THS, HUM, EOG, QLTY, FNF, WLP, MIPS, DRH, AOL, DRLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AOL (AOL) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Doral Financial (DRL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... EOG Resources (EOG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Express Scripts (ESRX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fidelity National (FNF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Humana (HUM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... MIPS Technologies (MIPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... MPG Office Trust (MPG) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Quality Distribution (QLTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... TreeHouse Foods (THS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
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April 17, 2015
10:00 EDTEOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:58 EDTEOG, EOGEOG Resources downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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07:05 EDTAOLAOL initiated with a Buy at Axiom
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April 16, 2015
09:15 EDTDRHEvercore ISI to hold a tour
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April 15, 2015
11:51 EDTESRXExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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April 14, 2015
07:02 EDTAOLAOL launches ONE by AOL
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April 13, 2015
10:58 EDTHUMCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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07:33 EDTHUMJefferies 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).
April 10, 2015
10:12 EDTAOLAOL says ‘CONNECTED’ tops 1M views in first week
AOL’s first long-form series for AOL Originals, CONNECTED, received over one million views in its first week, and more than 15% of views of the series’ first episode were on over-the-top devices, the company announced.
April 9, 2015
14:15 EDTESRXExpress Scripts calls active on elevated volatility on sharp rally
Express Scripts April weekly 87 and April 90 calls are active on total call volume of 20K (2K puts). April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 26, May is at 30, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:11 EDTAOLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: TLM WETF GRPN TRIP GMCR MYL AOL WB WFM EA
April 8, 2015
11:29 EDTAOLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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April 7, 2015
12:36 EDTAOLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:23 EDTHUMMedicare 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.
08:57 EDTHUMHumana sees average Medicare Advantage funding from CMS up 0.8% for 2016
Humana noted that on Monday, April 6, after the market close, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, announced final 2016 Medicare benchmark payment rates and related technical factors impacting the bid benchmark premiums, as expected, following the February 20 release of the preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates. Humana said in its regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, Humana 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. The Final Rate Notice from CMS estimates an average funding increase of 1.25% for the MA program, versus its estimate of a funding decline of 0.95% per 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 is completing more detailed analyses of the Final Rate Notice and the commensurate impacts on its 2016 Medicare benefit offerings, including geographic-specific impacts, and anticipates further discussion in its Q1 earnings call on April 29. Bid designs for the company’s 2016 Medicare Advantage offerings are due to CMS on June 1, the company noted.
08:20 EDTHUMCowen 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 EDTHUMManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:44 EDTHUMSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTHUM2016 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.
April 6, 2015
07:57 EDTHUM, ESRXLeerink 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.
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