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June 8, 2012
12:12 EDTMCD, CNC, CHKM, PRGS, MOH, CHK, ATPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday ahead of a number of potentially market moving events expected over this weekend. Stock futures began the day indicating a sharply lower open, putting the Dow's three day winning streak in jeopardy. The weakness was attributed to continuing worries about the EU's ability to support Spanish banks. The market opened lower, but found a level where it sat and began to build. An hour into the trading session the market had recouped more than half of its losses and a short time later moved back into positive territory. What looked like a day that would end in a sell off has now climbed a wall of worry into positive territory and the averages are once again positive for the year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., April's trade balance report was generally in line and wholesale inventories in the month increased 0.6%, versus an expected increase of 0.4%. In Europe, Spain is set to become the fourth, and largest, country to seek assistance since Europe's debt crisis began, according to Reuters. The news service cited officials in Brussels and Berlin, saying a conference call is planned for Saturday morning to discuss a Spanish request for aid... COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) was in focus as it held its annual shareholder meeting, where two current directors resigned after shareholder voting and a proposal to amend the company's long term incentive plan passed. Also, the company announced three separate transactions to sell its midstream assets for total proceeds of more than $4B, including the sale of its general partner interests in Chesapeake Midstream Partners (CHKM) to Global Infrastructure Partners for $2B... McDonald's (MCD) reported disappointing worldwide same store sales growth of 3.3% in May, as results were dragged down by the company's performance in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The fast food giant also warned that its Q2 results could be pressured by austerity measures in Europe, foreign currency effects and macro headwinds, sending shares down a bit more than 0.75%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Molina Healthcare (MOH), which rebounded from a slide yesterday to gain more than 27% today, after the company announced last night that it will continue as a Medicaid managed care provider in Ohio. Centene (CNC), up 10%, also benefited from Ohio reversing its earlier decision and recommending the company for a Medicaid contract. Noteworthy losers included ATP Oil & Gas (ATPG), down more than 13%, after the company said it was unable to come to an employment agreement with recently hired CEO Matt McCarroll, resulting in his resignation, and Progress Software (PRGS), down 13%, following its warning that its Q2 earnings and revenue will fall short of consensus estimates... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 11.58, or 0.09%, to 12,472.54; the Nasdaq was up 8.32, or 0.29%, to 2,839.34; and the S&P 500 was up 1.04, or 0.08%, to 1,316.03.
News For CHK;CHKM;MCD;MOH;CNC;ATPG;PRGS From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
16:21 EDTPRGSProgress Software raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.45-$1.52 from $1.35-$1.45
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16:17 EDTPRGSProgress Software trades up after hours following earnings
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16:17 EDTPRGSProgress Software sees Q3 adjusted EPS 35c-38c, consensus 35c
Sees Q3 adjusted revenue $101M-$104M, consensus $103.15M.
16:16 EDTPRGSProgress Software reports Q2 adjusted EPS 35c, consensus 31c
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15:26 EDTPRGSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Progress Software (PRGS), consensus 31c.
June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:45 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT
Sterne Agee CRT upgraded Chesapeake (CHK) two notches to Buy from Underperform and increased its price target to $13 from $9. The firm said shares are now oversold and the "short" call is now crowded. Sterne Agee CRT said management is working to mitigate the near-term liquidity drain and is aggressively pursuing alternatives to keep pipeline counter-party Williams Companies (WMB) whole on its contract, which could reset shares higher. The firm said the focus should be on Chesapeake's absolute liquidity and raised estimates to reflect slightly improved NGL fundamentals. Sterne Agee CRT recommends trading oriented accounts cover shorts and go long as any catalyst may drive a short squeeze rally in shares.
June 26, 2015
17:20 EDTMOHMYR Group to replace Molina Healthcare in S&P 600 as of 6/30 close
17:19 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare to replace J.B. Hunt in S&P 400 as of 6/30 close
06:33 EDTMCDMcDonald’s says child customers drinking less soda, eating more fruit
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June 25, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:48 EDTCHKChesapeake options active as share trend lower
Chesapeake July 11 and 12 puts are active on total put volume of 59K contracts (43K puts). July call option implied volatility is at 42, August is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 68. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
11:06 EDTMOH, CNCHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:11 EDTMOH, CNCACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's wants to sell 413 Taiwan stores to franchise operator, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst William Featherston downgraded Chesapeake Energy (CHK) to Sell after his firm cut its long-term normalized natural gas price forecast to $4.00 from $4.50. Featherston thinks Chesapeake carries "far too much financial leverage" and he views the shares as expensive relative to peers. The analyst cut his price target for the stock to $11 from $16. Shares of the natural gas producer closed yesterday down 22c to $11.56. Featherston coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Marathon Oil (MRO) to Buy.
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
06:37 EDTCNC, MOHHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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June 19, 2015
10:09 EDTCNC, MOHFly Watch: Supreme Court may release key ACA decision soon
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