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News For CI;WCG;HNT;MOH;UNH;CVH;WLP;AGP;CNC;HS;HUM;AET;MDT;BSX;STJ From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
07:14 EDTCNCCentene preannouncement positive, says Oppenheimer
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January 26, 2016
17:07 EDTCNCCentene sees FY16 adj. EPS $4.10-$4.40, consensus $3.77
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17:05 EDTCNCCentene sees Q4 EPS 95c, consensus 83c
Sees Q4 revenue $6.3B, consensus $6.13B. EPS outlook excludes Health Net merger related costs.
17:03 EDTCNCCentene sees FY15 EPS $3.03, consensus $2.92
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16:20 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
14:32 EDTSTJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
10:39 EDTCNCCentene falls below major support at $60
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07:04 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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January 25, 2016
19:28 EDTCNCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Swift Transportation (SWFT), up 5.4%... Sanmina (SANM), up 4.6%... Rambus (RMBS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 12.9% after filing a New Animal Drug Application with the FDA... Relypsa (RLYP), up 16.5% after announcing results from Veltassa drug-drug interaction studies. LOWER: Centene (CNC), down 1.9% after announcing an internal search for six hard drives that are unaccounted for.
17:38 EDTCNCCentene announces internal search for six hard drives
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17:16 EDTMDT, BSX, STJMMS exploring sale of acute care unit, Reuters says
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15:24 EDTUNHExpress Scripts off highs after Clinton tweets critical NPR report
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09:08 EDTCI, HUM, AETCalifornia seen asking for few remedies in health insurance mergers, CTFN says
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08:23 EDTCI, HUM, UNH, MOH, AETLeerink sees 'strong' buying opportunity in Managed Care space
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January 22, 2016
16:34 EDTSTJFDA classifies 447 St. Jude Medical Optisure leads as Class 1 Advisory in U.S.
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12:58 EDTMDTLeerink medical supplies/devices analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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11:07 EDTCICigna pullback on sanctions presents buying opportunity, says Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe noted that the CMS sanctions and enrollment suspension imposed on Cigna's (CI) Medicare Advantage and PDP plans don't impact current members and are a tool used by CMS to force Cigna to tighten up perceived deficiencies with its operations. Giacobbe expects management to remediate these issues as soon as possible and recommends using any pullback in Cigna as a buying opportunity, as he continues to view its Anthem (ANTM) deal as a positive catalyst.
10:16 EDTCICigna sanctions unlikely to impact Anthem deal closing, says Sterne Agee CRT
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08:07 EDTCICigna down 3% after reporting CMS sanctions on Medicare Advantage contracts
08:05 EDTCICigna says CMS to impose sanctions on Medicare Advantage contracts
In a regulatory filing, Cigna announced it was notified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, of its intent to impose intermediate sanctions suspending the enrollment of and marketing to new customers of all Cigna Medicare Advantage and Standalone Prescription Drug Plan Contracts, effective at 11:59 p.m. on January 21. The suspension does not impact current Cigna Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D enrollees' benefits or plans, Cigna noted. The company said: "CMS imposed sanctions due to deficiencies discovered with Cigna's operations of its Parts C and D appeals and grievances, Part D formulary and benefit administration, and compliance program. Cigna is working to resolve these matters as quickly as possible and is cooperating fully with CMS on its review. Cigna is committed to its customers and ensuring that its customers have access to the quality healthcare, customer service and prescription drugs that they need."
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