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June 3, 2014
10:09 EDTCNC, GILD, WCGCentene, WellCare decline after analyst rejects takeover speculation
Shares of Medicaid plan operators Centene (CNC) and WellCare (WCG) are declining after Citigroup wrote that Ascension Health is not buying a publicly traded Medicaid health plan, as was previously rumored. Ascension Health is a nonprofit healthcare provider. Citigroup cut its rating on Centene to Sell from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Ascension Health is not buying a publicly traded Medicaid plan, as some had speculated last week, Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald stated. Last week Ascension's CEO reportedly said that it was in talks to acquire an unnamed insurance company that operates in 18 states, leading research firm Leerink to speculate that Ascension was likely looking to buy WellCare or that it may be interested in buying Centene. But McDonald rejected both scenarios, as he reported that Ascension recently wrote that the purchase price of the insurer it was poised to buy would not be material. Meanwhile, after rising 6% over the last week, Centene's stock doesn't seem to be adequately reflecting the risk to the company's earnings over the near-term, contended McDonald. The cost of Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi hepatitis C drug, along with the addition of new markets with low profit margins, are likely to weigh on Centene's earnings, the analyst wrote. The long-term outlook for Medicaid remains positive, but Centene's stock is likely to reach a more favorable entry point in the future, according to McDonald, who has a $65 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Centene fell 3.5% to $73 and WellCare gave back 2% to $76.
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January 27, 2015
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL MSFT TWTR TSLA GILD NFLX C AA HPQ X
08:53 EDTGILDGilead February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 26, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
13:01 EDTGILDGilead, EnvisionRx sign exclusive agreement for Sovaldi, Harvoni availability
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12:39 EDTWCG, CNCHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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11:00 EDTGILDMylan expands Hepatitis C licensing agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited is expanding its hepatitis C licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD) to include the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute the investigational NS5A inhibitor GS-5816 and single tablet regimen of sofosbuvir/GS-5816, once approved, in 91 developing countries. The single tablet regimen is being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical studies for the treatment of all six genotypes of hepatitis C. If approved by regulatory authorities, the sofosbuvir/GS-5816 regimen would become the first all-oral single tablet regimen for all hepatitis C genotypes. A pan-genotypic therapeutic option is particularly important for developing countries, where genotype testing is often unreliable or not readily available. This agreement is in addition to the licensing and technology transfer agreement that Mylan entered into with Gilead in September 2014, which grants Mylan the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Mylan also partners with Gilead on expanding access to high quality, affordable antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in India and other developing countries.
09:49 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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06:03 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Agate Resources
Centene announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Agate Resources, a diversified holding company that offers an array of healthcare products and services to Oregon residents. Agate is based in Eugene, Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, Inc., a subsidiary of Agate, participates in Oregon's Coordinated Care Organization model to provide Medicaid services to Oregon Health Plan members in Lane County, Oregon. Trillium also provides coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through a Medicare Advantage plan and participates on the Cover Oregon health insurance marketplace. Terry Coplin, the CEO of Agate, and the existing management team will continue to lead the local operations of Agate. The transaction is expected to close in Q3, subject to customary closing conditions, including Oregon regulatory approval. The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS in the first twelve months following close.
05:11 EDTGILDGilead expands hepatitis C generic licensing agreements
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January 23, 2015
09:35 EDTGILDGilead mentioned cautiously at Cleveland Research
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January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTGILDGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTGILDAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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13:05 EDTGILDGilead granted orphan status for pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment
The FDA granted Gilead orphan status for its treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Reference Link
10:47 EDTCNCBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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January 15, 2015
11:20 EDTGILDGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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January 14, 2015
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:08 EDTGILDGilead still poised to beat 2015 estimates, says RBC Capital
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