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April 14, 2014
10:23 EDTLSI, IACI, WCG, INTU, CCLHigh option volume stocks: CCL WCG LSI INTU IACI
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March 6, 2015
08:50 EDTINTUIntuit management to meet with JPMorgan
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March 5, 2015
12:47 EDTINTUH&R Block, IRS updates positive for Intuit, says Jefferies
Jefferies said the IRS's latest weekly tax season update, as well as H&R Block's (HRB) tax results as of February 28, reinforce that the digital DIY tax category is gaining market share, noting that Intuit's (INTU) TurboTax is the leader in the space. Jefferies has a Buy rating and $110 price target on Intuit.
07:23 EDTCCLJPMorgan to hold a forum
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March 4, 2015
16:46 EDTWCGWellCare's Missouri Care Health Plan awarded Missouri Care Health contract
WellCare company Missouri Care Health Plan has selected the Missouri Office of Administration, Division of Purchasing and Materials Management, to continue serving Medicaid recipients participating in the MO HealthNet Managed Care program. The new contract begins July 1 and is for one year with two renewal options.
06:39 EDTWCGNo preparations under way for elimination of some subsidies, NY Times says
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March 2, 2015
10:00 EDTIACIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:11 EDTIACIIAC initiated with a Buy at Axiom
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06:56 EDTIACIIAC's Tinder working on first ads, Re/code reports
IAC's Tinder is developing its first ad product, Re/code reported Friday night. The dating app is also talking with Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) about using their ad networks to fill out ad space, Re/code stated. Reference Link
February 26, 2015
10:00 EDTIACIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 25, 2015
16:19 EDTIACIIAC initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Target $48.
February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTWCGLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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18:59 EDTINTUIntuit refutes allegations about security practices
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16:27 EDTWCGOn 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.
12:21 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTWCGHealth 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.
08:05 EDTWCGCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTINTUDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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12:49 EDTINTUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:20 EDTINTUHigh option volume stocks
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06:36 EDTINTUIntuit CFO says fraud did not result from breach of company's systems
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