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April 9, 2012
16:14 EDTCALL, MSFT, AET, MOH, SNE, AOL, WCG, GOLD, FB, UNH, CNCOn 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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06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects Surface shipments to exceed 4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
Microsoft is expected to have a chance to ship over 4M Surface tablets in 2015 due to its new Surface 3 and Surface Pro series products, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is expected to unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet and will enter mass production in June. It will be released along with Windows 10 in 2H15. Reference Link
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15:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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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 EDTAET, WCGCowen 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 EDTUNH, WCGManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:52 EDTMSFTHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
07:44 EDTAET, UNHSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTUNH, WCG, AET2016 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.
07:39 EDTMOH, WCGSome managed care stocks could be pressured by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTSNESony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
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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
06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:00 EDTFBTurkey restores access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, FT reports
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05:48 EDTUNHCatamaran downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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