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April 9, 2015
09:04 EDTSONSMitel appoints Wes Durow as Chief Marketing Officer
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05:57 EDTORCLOracle plans to hire 300 in India, Economic Times reports
Oracle is planning to hire 300 people in India to create a specialized cloud force, according to The Economic Times. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
16:07 EDTSONSSonus discloses purported shareholder class action lawsuit
Sonus Networks announced that a purported shareholder class action was filed against it and two of its officers in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiff claims to represent purchasers of Sonus’ common stock during the period from October 23, 2014 to March 24, 2015 and seeks unspecified damages. The principal allegation contained in the Complaint is the claim that the defendants purportedly made misleading forward-looking statements concerning Sonus’ Q1 financial performance. Sonus believes that it and the individual defendants have meritorious defenses to the allegations made in the Complaint and intends to contest the lawsuit vigorously.
09:52 EDTMOBISky-mobi has a $140M in hidden value from investments, says Rosenblatt
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April 7, 2015
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).
08:01 EDTHLFHerbalife announces one-year partnership with Global Health Strategies Institute
Herbalife announced a one-year partnership with Global Health Strategies Institute to help improve the nutrition of more than 10,000 children ages 5-12 in India, in line with the government’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme and School Health Programs. As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife will work with GHSI and global vitamin supplier DSM, to help provide access to good nutrition to children in India, a country with a history of malnourished, underweight children. The government-run MDMS and SHP programs are designed to improve the nutritional needs of children by providing food supplemented with adequate quantities of iron, folic acid and vitamin A. However, more fortified foods with essential micronutrients are needed. In the first phase of the project, GHSI will conduct a landscape analysis to help all parties understand the nutritional landscape, provide insights into the required nutritional support, the target beneficiaries, expected reach, implementation model and potential partners.
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.
05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD HLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; MannKind (MNKD) 68, Herbalife (HLF) 89 according to iVolatility.
April 6, 2015
19:49 EDTHLFHerbalife implements online ordering, LA Times says
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17:08 EDTBTHBlyth intends to close corporate headquarters in Greenwich, CT
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09:26 EDTHLFHerbalife moves down in pre-market
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09:22 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Uniqure (QURE), up 44.2% following strategic collaboration with Bristol-Myers (BMY)... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), up 22.4% after Lorem Vascular receives regulatory clearance in China... Curis (CRIS), up 8.5% after FDA grants orphan drug designation to CUDC-907 for the treatment of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma... Capnia (CAPN), up 5.9% after being awarded a $220,000 NIH grant... Tesla (TSLA), up 3.8% after reporting first quarter deliveries up 55% to 10,030 cars... Ariad (ARIA), up 3.4% following approval of Iclusig in Canada... Lumber Liquidators (LL), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. LOWER: Magnum Hunter (MHR), down 8.9% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Herbalife (HLF), down following CNBC report that federal law enforcement agencies contacted the company regarding its business practices... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 2.2% following a Wall Street Journal report that the Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6 did not have a Qualcomm LTE modem... Skyworks (SWKS), down 2.1% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
07:57 EDTHUMLeerink 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.
06:17 EDTHLFHerbalife contacted by federal investigators, CNBC says
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April 5, 2015
18:57 EDTHLFHerbalife holder Stiritz has no plans to sell Herbalife stake, Bloomberg says
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14:11 EDTHLFWilliam Stiritz reports 8.24% passive stake in Herbalife
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