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April 9, 2012
16:14 EDTUNH, CNC, CALL, MSFT, AET, MOH, SNE, AOL, WCG, GOLD, FBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as investors got their chance to react to Friday’s worse than expected jobs report. Stock futures were sharply lower in pre-market trading, leading to a lower open for the market. The move was broad based, as evidenced by the fact that at one point 99% of the stocks in the S&P 500 index were in negative territory. Investors came back from the holiday weekend ready to sell, but a drift higher throughout the day limited the losses. Big question marks hang in front of the earnings season, which unofficially kicks off tomorrow with Alcoa's (AA) report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: A report Friday, while the U.S. stock markets were closed, showed that the U.S. added 120K net new jobs in March. That total missed expectations and the prevailing rate of growth in recent months. Today's economic calendar had little of note to distract investors from Friday's disappointment... COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to pay $1.06B to AOL (AOL) to buy many of it patents and license others, sending AOL's shares soaring $7.98, or 43.32%, to $26.40. Microsoft's stock declined with the broader market following the announcement of the deal, falling 42c, or 1.33%, to $31.10. In another $1B tech deal, Facebook (FB) agreed to purchase Instagram, a photo-sharing app for mobile devices. Shares of photo site Shutterfly (SFLY) fell $1.26, or 4.28%, to $28.21 after the deal was announced... Sony (SNE) plans to cut 10,000 jobs, or 6% of its workforce, over the next two years, according to reports... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were magicJack VocalTec (CALL), up $2.26, or 10.86%, to $23.07, as it provided guidance above the Street's view and said it will look to increase its stock buyback program, and Randgold Resources (GOLD), up $7.46, or 9.16%, to $88.90, after the company said its 2012 gold production would not be affected by a coup in Mali. Noteworthy losers included Molina Healthcare (MOH), down $9.36, or 26.74%, to $25.65, Centene (CNC), down $7.83, or 15.41%, to $42.97, WellCare Health Plans (WCG), down $5.46, or 7.35%, to $68.78, and Amerigroup (AGP), down $3.27, or 4.85%, to $64.18, after the companies lost their contracts to administer the state of Ohio’s Medicaid program. Ohio instead chose to go with Aetna (AET), United Health Group (UNH), and three others... INDICES: The Dow fell 130.55, or 1.00%, to 12,929.59; the Nasdaq dropped 33.42, or 1.08%, to 3,047.08; and the S&P 500 lost 15.88, or 1.14%, to 1,382.20.
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTCNC, MOH, AET, WCG, UNHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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16:27 EDTWCG, UNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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15:17 EDTAOLAOL iTunes login pact with Apple ending soon, AppleInsider says
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12:21 EDTAET, MOH, WCG, CNC, UNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTAET, WCG, CNC, MOH, UNHHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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09:03 EDTAETAetna sees preliminary CMS rates to lower funding for MA business 1% in 2016
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08:05 EDTWCG, CNC, UNH, AET, MOHCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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07:27 EDTSNESony breach underscored failings in corporate, government cooperation, WSJ says
A Wall Street Journal review of the hack attack on Sony Entertainment shows that the companies and government agencies fighting the hackers based some decisions on little information or consultation since the parties often held too closely to their own interests, illustrating major shortcomings in how the government and companies work together to respond to such attacks. The Journal cites interviews with executives, U.S. officials and people briefed on their conversations in its report. Reference Link
06:21 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:51 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare estimates raised above Street at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee raised its 2015 EPS estimate for Molina to $3 from $2.13 and increased its 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $4 from $2.95. The firm thinks the company's medical cost results will be better than its current guidance.
08:41 EDTUNH, AETInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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06:11 EDTSNESony may be contemplating replacing CEO Hirai with CFO Yoshida, NY Post says
Sony may be considering replacing CEO Kaz Hirai with current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, reports the New York Post, citing several Hollywood sources. Yoshida has received heavy media praise for his restructuring efforts and is currently set to add the title of executive deputy president in April. The article emphasizes that this is speculation among Hollywood figures. Reference Link
05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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