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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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July 2, 2015
09:33 EDTCNCCognizant reaffirms 2015 view after Health Net agrees to be bought by Centene
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09:15 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:35 EDTCNCLeerink says UnitedHealth may counter bid for Health Net
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08:04 EDTCNCHealth Net volatility low into Centene acquiring in deal valued at about $6.8B
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07:58 EDTCNCCentene volatility low into acquiring Health Net in deal valued at about $6.8B
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07:57 EDTWCGKentucky Medicaid contracts in-line with expectations, says Leerink
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07:45 EDTWCGWellCare selected to continue serving Kentucky Medicaid Managed Care program
WellCare Health Plans announced that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services selected WellCare of Kentucky to continue serving the Commonwealth's Medicaid Managed Care program in all eight of the program's regions. The new contract begins on July 1 and is for one year. It may be extended for four additional one-year renewals at the Commonwealth's discretion. As of March 31, WellCare serves approximately 441,000 Medicaid members, 6,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 21,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Kentucky.
07:32 EDTCNCCentene & Health Net to host joint conference call
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07:05 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Health Net in deal valued at about $6.8B
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07:02 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Health Net for implied consideration of $78.57 per share
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07:01 EDTCNCCentene, Health Net to combine in transaction valued at about $6.8B
July 1, 2015
16:33 EDTGILDGilead submits NDA to FDA for single tablet regimen for HIV containing R/F/TAF
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for an investigational, once-daily single tablet regimen that combines Gileadís emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide, or TAF, 25 mg with rilpivirine 25 mg, or R/F/TAF, from Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older. The data submitted in the NDA support the use of R/F/TAF among patients who are HIV treatment-naÔve or who are virologically suppressed and want to replace their current antiretroviral treatment regimen. A Priority Review voucher acquired from Knight Therapeutics in November 2014 was submitted to the FDA along with the R/F/TAF NDA. Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, the anticipated target action date for the R/F/TAF NDA is six months after the FDAís acceptance of the filing. TAF is a novel, investigational nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or NRTI, that has demonstrated high antiviral efficacy at a dose less than one-tenth that of Gileadís Viread, as well as improved renal and bone laboratory parameters as compared to TDF in clinical trials in combination with other antiretroviral agents. In addition to R/F/TAF, two other TAF-based HIV treatments are also under FDA review.
June 30, 2015
11:58 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD YHOO
Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 28, Yahoo (YHOO) October 46 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 29 according to IVolatility.
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTGILDJuno pact leaves Celgene set for growth past Revlimid, says Deutsche Bank
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June 29, 2015
16:30 EDTGILDFDA sued by advocacy groups for Gilead Hep-C drug trial data, Reuters says
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June 25, 2015
11:06 EDTCNC, WCGHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:11 EDTWCG, CNCACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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June 23, 2015
14:10 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $150 from $130 at Argus
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