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April 9, 2012
16:14 EDTAOL, AET, WCG, CNC, MOH, GOLD, CALL, SNE, FB, MSFT, UNHOn 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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August 8, 2014
08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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07:59 EDTUNHBenefitfocus price target raised to $45 from $41 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Benefitfocus (BNFT) to $45 from $41 following its better than expected Q2 results. The firm cited continued momentum, its United Health (UNH) win, and its potential to establish itself as one of the premier vendors in the benefits administration space. Canaccord keeps a Buy rating on Benefitfocus.
August 7, 2014
15:43 EDTGOLDRandgold downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital
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15:33 EDTFBFacebook in talks with studios on content for Oculus Rift, The Information says
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14:06 EDTAETReinsurance Group names Tim Matson as Chief Investment Officer
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13:23 EDTUNH, WCG, MOH, CNC, AETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:29 EDTAET, UNHHealth insurers fall after two downgrades from Goldman
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on one stock in the sector and removed another from its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman analyst Matthew Borsch downgraded his rating on Aetna (AET) to Neutral from Buy and removed UnitedHealth (UNH) from the firm's Conviction List, as he believes that other stocks in the healthcare sector are more attractive. Utilization of healthcare services by individuals who don't have the Affordable Care Act is likely to show signs of increasing by 2015, posing a "manageable" challenge to health insurers, Borsch wrote. However, the increase in the utilization of these services is likely to be "relatively gradual" compared with similar trends in the past, the analyst contended. Borsch based his forecast on healthcare spending trends during previous economic recoveries. He reduced his 2015 earnings estimate for Aetna to $7 from $7.10 and for United Health to $5.95 from $6. He reduced his 2015 EPS estimates for other companies in the sector, as his earnings outlook for WellPoint (WLP) declined to $9.20 from $9.35, while his estimate for Cigna (CI) for next year dropped to $7.90 from $8. The analyst kept Neutral ratings on both WellPoint and Cigna. Meanwhile, Borsch cut his price target on Aetna to $88 from $91 and on UnitedHealth to $91 from $96. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Aetna fell 3% to $76, UnitedHealth slumped 2.5% to $79.50, WellPoint declined 2.5% to $108, and Cigna retreated 2.5% to $89.
10:37 EDTFBPrivateCore to join Facebook
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10:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires security startup PrivateCore, VentureBeat reports
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10:00 EDTUNH, AETOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:43 EDTAOLAOL upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on AOL (AOL) shares to Buy citing improving fundamentals following the company's Q2 results. Cantor sees a growing multi-platform user base and a bigger buyback driving shares higher and upped its price target for AOL to $50 from $47 . Shares of AOL closed yesterday up $2.92 to $41.92 after reporting Q2 results.
06:33 EDTMSFTAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook hires former BBM head Bocking to run Internet.org app, Re/code says
Facebook (FB) has hired Andrew Bocking to run its new Internet.org mobile app, reports Re/code. Bocking was previously head of BlackBerry Messenger (BBRY). Reference Link
06:00 EDTGOLDRandgold Resources reports Q2 EPS 57c vs. 50c last year
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05:51 EDTGOLDRandgold Resources provides update on Loulo-Gounkoto complex
Another record production quarter from its flagship Loulo-Gounkoto complex in Mali has set Randgold Resources up at the halfway mark to achieve its guidance for the year. At the same time, the developing Kibali mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo remained on track to reach its forecast target despite commissioning disruptions. Group gold production of 277,283 ounces for Q2 was down 2% on Q1's record output but 41% ahead of last year's corresponding quarter. Cost per ounce rose by 2% to $701 on the previous quarter but was 12% down on Q2 in 2013. Profit from mining of $162.3M decreased by 5% from the previous quarter but was up 54% on the corresponding quarter in 2013. Loulo-Gounkoto produced 174 052 ounces, up 3% on Q1, and the third quarter in a row that the complex has posted a record production number. In other significant developments, the paste backfill plant at the Yalea underground mine was commissioned, enabling miners to harvest almost 100% of the high grade zones. The complex's energy cost reduction programme continued to evolve with the installation of two more medium speed generators, due for commissioning in the second half of the year, capable of running on less expensive heavy fuel oil.
05:41 EDTAETAetna downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Aetna to Neutral citing less favorable sector trends. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $88 from $91.
05:40 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded UnitedHealth to Buy saying it sees better opportunities elsewhere within healthcare given its expectations for a stronger utilization environment. The firm dropped its price target for shares to $91 from $96.
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