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June 3, 2014
10:09 EDTCNC, WCG, 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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August 26, 2014
16:02 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 26, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 27c to 27.69. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD JNS NFLX according to Track Data.
11:44 EDTGILDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:19 EDTGILDGilead added to short term buy list at Deutsche Bank
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:05 EDTGILDStocks with implied volatility movement; MCP GILD
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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12:19 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:40 EDTGILDBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:11 EDTGILDStocks with implied volatility movement; FOLD GILD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) 87, Gilead (GILD) 25 according to iVolatility.
August 22, 2014
11:17 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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August 21, 2014
07:57 EDTGILDGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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10:01 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:46 EDTWCGWellCare downgraded at Wedbush
As noted earlier, Wedbush downgraded WellCare to Neutral from Outperform. The firm no longer sees the company as a takeover candidate, and it thinks that the company will need at least 2-3 years to turn itself around. Target to $55 from $70.
07:22 EDTWCGWellCare downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
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