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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.
News For CNC;WCG;GILD From The Last 14 Days
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May 22, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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May 21, 2015
10:58 EDTGILDDeutsche Bank biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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May 20, 2015
09:07 EDTGILDGilead's patent for Hep C drug sofosbuvir challenged by NGO's in five countries
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May 19, 2015
10:09 EDTGILDGilead CFO says 'really excited' about options to grow beyond 2018
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07:56 EDTGILDGilead for Achillion rumor not ridiculous, but highly unlikely, TheStreet says
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07:28 EDTGILDUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 18, 2015
19:43 EDTGILDAnthem Blue Cross sued for limiting Harvoni usage, LA Times says
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16:16 EDTGILDGilead confirms plans to present tomorrow at UBS conference, Feuerstein reports
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14:42 EDTGILDAchillion rises as conference cancellation adds fuel to M&A speculation
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:08 EDTGILDOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
09:31 EDTGILDAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
07:32 EDTWCGWellCare valuation compelling after selloff, says Leerink
Leerink views the valuation of WellCare shares as compelling following the company's "solid" Q1 results. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock with a $105 price target.
May 13, 2015
13:12 EDTGILDSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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07:31 EDTGILDHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 11, 2015
07:22 EDTWCGWellCare recent selloff presents buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
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