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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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November 13, 2014
16:40 EDTWCGPennant Capital reports 7.0% passive stake in WellCare
13:32 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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13:29 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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13:26 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including Leukemia/MDS on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 20 at 10 am.
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.
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 EDTCNCManaged 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 EDTCNCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:53 EDTGILDLeerink to hold a tour
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November 11, 2014
16:14 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including JAK inhibitors, novel Jakafi combinations for Myelofibrosis and developing compounds on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 10 am.
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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12:55 EDTWCG, CNCWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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11:35 EDTGILDUBS holds a conference call with Gilead Sciences
UBS Biotech Analyst Roden, along with Dr. Bischofberger of Gilead Sciences, discuss the recently-held AASLD Meeting and the outlook of several GILD pipeline programs on a conference call to be held on November 13 at 4:30 pm.
08:07 EDTGILDGilead announces results from Phase 2 and 3 studies evaluating Harvoni
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08:05 EDTGILDGilead announces data from Phase 2 Sofosbuvir plus GS-5816 studies
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTGILDGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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07:20 EDTGILDGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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