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June 3, 2014
10:09 EDTWCG, CNC, GILDCentene, 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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March 26, 2015
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TWTR FB KRFT BIDU TSLA CELG NFLX FCAU
05:34 EDTGILDGilead Sovaldi approved in Japan
Gilead Sciences announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, or MHLW, has approved Sovaldi, a once-daily nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor, for the suppression of viremia in patients with genotype 2 chronic hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection with or without compensated cirrhosis. Sovaldi is indicated for use in combination with ribavirin, or RBV, for 12 weeks. Sovaldi is the first all-oral, interferon-free treatment regimen for genotype 2 HCV infection. Sovaldi is also the first product to be marketed by Gilead in Japan.
March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA KRFT FB BIDU GPRO V GILD NFLX
March 24, 2015
08:00 EDTGILDGilead shares should be bought on weakness, says Bernstein
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06:12 EDTWCGWellCare says Chairman David Gallitano will not stand for re-election
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
11:45 EDTGILDGilead defended after slide following death of Hep C patient on heart drug
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11:32 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD CELG
Gilead (GILD) August 115 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 27, Celgene (CELG) July 140 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 28 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
08:44 EDTGILDGilead volatility low into FDA hepatitis C drug warning
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08:23 EDTGILDGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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07:40 EDTGILDGilead weakness on FDA warning would be buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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06:08 EDTGILDGilead implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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March 22, 2015
15:05 EDTGILDGilead warns after hepatitis C patient taking heart drug dies, Bloomberg says
Gilead said in an e-mailed drug warning to health-care providers on Friday that nine patients taking its hepatitis C drugs Harvoni or Sovaldi along with the heart treatment amiodarone developed abnormally slow heartbeats and one died of cardiac arrest, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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15:02 EDTGILDAcelRx names Howard Rosen as interim CEO
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (ACRX) announced the appointment of Howard Rosen as interim CEO of AcelRx, effective April 1. Rosen is a technically trained executive with over 25 years of success growing start-up and mid-size biopharmaceutical companies. Rosen previously held senior-level general management positions and functional roles in strategy, marketing, finance, business development, and research and development at Gilead Sciences (GILD) and ALZA Corporation. Rosen has served on the Board of Directors of AcelRx since 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alcobra and several private biopharmaceutical companies.
08:18 EDTWCG, CNCLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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09:08 EDTGILDNew Gilead HIV drug likely to be approved in mid-2015, says Argus
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