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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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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTAETMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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14:27 EDTAETAetna raises quarterly dividend 11%, authorizes additional $1B share buyback
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14:26 EDTAETAetna raises quarterly dividend 11%, authorizes additional $1B share buyback
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13:31 EDTMDTCovidien announces mailing of definitive joint proxy statement, prospectus
Covidien (COV) announced, for purposes of the Irish Takeover Rules, that the definitive joint proxy statement of Covidien and Medtronic (MDT), which also serves as a prospectus of Medtronic Holdings Limited and comprises Covidien’s scheme circular required under Irish law is being sent today to Covidien and Medtronic shareholders. As previously announced, on June 15, Covidien and Medtronic entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Medtronic Holdings Limited, a new holding company incorporated in Ireland that will be renamed Medtronic plc, will acquire Covidien and Medtronic. The joint proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about the transaction for shareholders of both companies, as well as notices of the shareholder meetings and instructions on voting online, by mail, by telephone or in person.
10:00 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:29 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
As reported previously, Cowen upgraded St. Jude Medical to Outperform from Market Perform following positive results on its CardioMEMS HF monitoring system, which should support a return to 5% organic constant currency growth. Price target raised to $73 from $66.
08:01 EDTCNCCentene jv selected to provide correctional healthcare In Vermont
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07:49 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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November 20, 2014
07:31 EDTBSXBoston Scientific should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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November 19, 2014
12:11 EDTBSXBoston Scientific says Synergy stent met primary endpoint in trial
In the first successful U.S. pivotal trial of a bioabsorbable polymer stent, the Boston Scientific SYNERGY Everolimus-Eluting Bioabsorbable Polymer Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System met its primary endpoint in this non-inferiority study, which evaluated the one-year rate of target lesion failure. Additionally, favorable rates for key secondary endpoints were observed with the SYNERGY Stent. Dean Kereiakes, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., the principal investigator for the EVOLVE II Trial, presented the study results today in a Late Breaking Clinical Trial session at the American Heart Association Scientific Session 2014 in Chicago. Key findings for the SYNERGY Stent from the EVOLVE II Trial include the following: At 12 months, the TLF rate was 6.4% per protocol and 6.7% for intent-to-treat. Stent Thrombosis was rare, with Definite or Probable ST occurring in only 0.4% of patients through one year. No Definite ST occurred after 24 hours.
10:21 EDTCNCHigh option volume stocks
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08:15 EDTMDTMedtronic reported solid Q2 results, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that Medtronic's (MDT) sales growth accelerated to 5%, and the firm thinks the company's market share of the ICD market is poised to increase next quarter. Bernstein views Medtronic as "a strong buy" into the close of its acquisition of Covidien (COV). The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on Medtronic.
06:54 EDTMDTMedtronic reiterated as a top pick at JPMorgan
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06:30 EDTBSXJohnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific trial set to start tomorrow, Reuters says
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November 18, 2014
17:19 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical: CHAMPION clinical trial shows reduction in readmission rates
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12:08 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:35 EDTBSXBoston Scientific November volatility elevated into investor day
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09:08 EDTMDTMedtronic says regulatory processes for Covidien deal 'all on track'
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08:39 EDTMDTMedtronic says 'would not be surprised' to be at high end of FY15 guidance range
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08:39 EDTMDTMedtronic sees 2H15 gross margin 74.5%
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08:34 EDTMDTMedtronic sees Diabetes operations to have difficult comparison in Q3
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08:28 EDTMDTMedtronic sees U.S. approval for IMPACT Admiral balloon in Q1
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07:37 EDTBSXStifel to hold a conference
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07:20 EDTMDTMedtronic confirms commitment to Covidien transaction
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.05
Narrows FY15 revenue guidance to up 4%-5% from 3%-5%.
07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q2 EPS 96c, consensus 96c
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06:08 EDTBSXBoston Scientific to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on November 19 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
November 17, 2014
15:16 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:06 EDTHUMHumana to offer plans on 15 state ACA individual market exchanges in 2015
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09:08 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces first U.S. procedures with Symphion completed
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08:57 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 21, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
07:16 EDTAETMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 16, 2014
14:08 EDTMDTDaVita announces collaboration with Medtronic
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) and leading provider of kidney care services, announced a collaboration with Medtronic (MDT) to better understand cardiovascular health in end stage renal disease, ESRD patients. The collaboration will focus on developing a pilot program using Medtronic's Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring system to identify cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving dialysis. "Medtronic recently announced data at the American Society of Nephrology meeting that showed a higher incidence of arrhythmias in patients receiving hemodialysis," said Ven Manda, vice president, Renal Care Solutions at Medtronic. "We are pleased to pursue this collaboration with DaVita to monitor more patients and gather additional data that will further our understanding of the relationship between dialysis and cardiac events in ESRD patients." "Given the high incidence rate of cardiovascular disease and events in ESRD patients, we believe that by collaborating with Medtronic, we can gain knowledge to help improve the lives of ESRD patients," said Mahesh Krishnan, vice president for clinical innovation and public policy for DaVita HealthCare Partners. "Through the collaboration we expect to utilize innovative monitoring technology and data from our DaVita Kidney Care information systems across the country. This effort is poised to improve the lives of patients by proactively detecting and preventing cardiac complications."
November 14, 2014
16:52 EDTCIGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:53 EDTBSXOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
12:43 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, WSJ reports
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11:50 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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08:04 EDTWLPWellPoint, Boehringer Ingelheim announce first project under collaboration
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, WellPoint and HealthCore, announced that the companies are commencing a research project to identify and address unmet medical needs across populations of mutual interest. The first stage of the project will focus on non-valvular atrial fibrillation and will examine disease prevalence, treatment complications, such as hospital readmissions, and the use of evidence-based guidelines. This project is the first under the parties’ five-year research collaboration agreement, signed earlier this year. Information gathered through the NVAF project is intended to provide the basis for the collaborative development of healthcare interventions, which can be evaluated within WellPoint’s affiliated health plans and provider networks.
November 13, 2014
17:10 EDTBSXBoston Scientific S-ICD System receives favorable coding, payment designations
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16:40 EDTWCGPennant Capital reports 7.0% passive stake in WellCare
16:35 EDTMDTMedtronic study reveals heart rhythm disorders in patients with ESRD
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14:50 EDTMDTLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTMDTLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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13:27 EDTMDTMedtronic likely to continue to make new highs, Barron's says
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10:01 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
08:34 EDTHNTHealth Net Federal Services awarded contract by CDCR
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06:29 EDTCNCCentene downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Centene to Market Perform citing valuation following the recent rally in shares.
November 12, 2014
08:58 EDTCNC, CI, MOH, AET, WLP, HUMManaged Care earnings risk low from King vs. Burwell, says Leerink
Leerink believes the Supreme Court decision to the King vs. Burwell case carries low earnings risk for Managed Care companies. The case to determine the legality of Exchange subsidies administered by the Federal Government carries less than 2% and 3% of earnings risk for 2014 and 2015 estimates, respectively, Leerink believes. The firm says Humana (HUM) and Cigna (CI) are currently losing money on Exchanges, and thus could benefit from any Federal Exchange membership loss. Leerink lists Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP) and Molina Healthcare (MOH) as being most impacted.
08:02 EDTAET, CNCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:55 EDTAETAetna to reaffirm FY14 operating EPS view $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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07:43 EDTHNTBarclays to hold a symposium
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07:31 EDTUNHUnitedHealth announces formation of office of the CEO
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07:27 EDTBSXNorth American Spine Society to hold annual meeting
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07:23 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 23, December is at 20, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
November 11, 2014
12:55 EDTAGP, WCG, HUM, UNH, WLP, AET, HNT, CNC, CI, HS, MOHWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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07:24 EDTMDTMedtronic submits commitments to EU related to Covidien merger
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November 10, 2014
15:53 EDTWLPCredit Suisse to hold a conference
Healthcare Conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 10-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
10:06 EDTAETAetna selected for new Louisiana Medicaid contract
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, an Aetna health plan established to administer managed Medicaid services in Louisiana, has been selected by the State Department of Health & Hospitals to provide access to health care for eligible Louisianans. The three-year contract is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 2015.
09:10 EDTMDTMedtronic announces Japanese approval, launch of Evera MRI SureScan ICD
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08:46 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $99 from $90 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Aetna shares to $99 after meeting with management and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. The firm believes Aetna's 2015 earnings growth can top the consensus of 10%.
07:34 EDTWLPWellPoint has strong momentum heading into 2015, says UBS
UBS said WellPoint has strong momentum across all business segments heading into 2015. The firm expects the company's national account business to grow and sees the company having earnings power from the public exchanges, Medicare, and Medicaid. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on WellPoint and raised its price target to $150 from $144.
06:29 EDTCICigna to restructure HIV prescription drug benefits, WSJ reports
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