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November 7, 2012
10:41 EDTQLTY, FNF, WLP, MIPS, ESRX, THS, HUM, EOG, DRL, DRH, AOLOn 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.
News For AOL;DRH;DRL;EOG;ESRX;FNF;HUM;MIPS;QLTY;THS;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
07:35 EDTHUMHumana recorded premium deficiency reserve totaling $176M pretax in Q4
During 4Q 2015, the company recorded a premium deficiency reserve totaling $176 million pretax, or 74c per share, related to certain of its 2016 individual commercial policies.
07:34 EDTHUMHumana reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.45, consensus $1.45
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07:34 EDTHUMHumana sees 2016 projected net membership growth in standalone PDP 300K-330K
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07:33 EDTHUMHumana sees Q1 adjusted EPS 'at least' $1.80, consensus $2.50
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07:32 EDTHUMHumana sees FY16 adjusted EPS 'at least' $8.85, consensus $8.73
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07:31 EDTHUMHumana reports Q4 EPS $1.45, consensus $1.45
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February 9, 2016
14:36 EDTHUMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Time Warner (TWX), consensus $1.01... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.45... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 45c... Carlyle Group (CG), consensus 31c... Medidata (MDSO), consensus 24c.
10:00 EDTTHSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Frontline (FRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Clarksons Platou... Grifols (GRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Grupo Financiero (GGAL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Luxottica (LUX) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded on growth outlook at SunTrust... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Salesforce (CRM) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... TreeHouse (THS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... WPX Energy (WPX) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley.
06:16 EDTTHSTreeHouse upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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February 7, 2016
14:45 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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February 5, 2016
10:08 EDTESRXExpress Scripts calls active
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February 2, 2016
15:16 EDTEOGS&P takes rating actions on U.S. investment-grade E&P companies
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February 1, 2016
06:03 EDTHUMAetna on track to close Humana transaction in 2H16
The company commented, "We continue to work diligently with the Department of Justice and state regulators toward final approval of our proposed acquisition of Humana, and we continue to advance our integration readiness plans. We have obtained seven of the necessary state approvals, and we believe we remain on track to close the transaction in the second half of 2016."
January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTHUMEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
10:13 EDTESRXExpress Scripts to exclude Valeant's Glumetza from formulary
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January 28, 2016
06:24 EDTESRXAnthem added to Focus List at Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe added Anthem (ANTM) to his firm's Focus List. As Anthem and Express Scripts (ESRX) continue to negotiate their pharmacy benefits manager contract, the analyst sees UnitedHealth (UNH) as a potential alternative for Anthem. Regardless of the outcome, Anthem is in the "driver's seat for significant savings/upside," which is not reflected in the stock. Giacobbe tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $172 price target.

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