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November 21, 2012
16:39 EDTCRM, VVUS, AET, SQNM, ZLC, TLYS, STJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher on the day, the last full trading session of the week ahead of Thursday's holiday and Friday's half day. Jobless data that was in-line with expectations did little to move the markets before the open, but the markets slowly moved higher through the session, although volume remained light. Just after midday, news crossed that a cease fire between Israel and Hamas had been reached, tempering fears that the conflict could escalate to involve other players in the region and have broader economic impacts... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 410,000, which was in-line with forecasts. Markit's "flash" November flash PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.0 in October. The final November reading of the University of Michigan Sentiment index slipped to 82.7 from its 84.9 preliminary reading. The leading indicators edged up 0.2% in October to 96.0 from 95.8 in September. In Europe, the region's finance ministers and the IMF were unable to reach a bailout agreement for Greece and will meet again on Monday with an eye on resolving the remaining disagreements. In Asia, Japanese exports fell 6.5% in October, lower than expectations for a 4.9% decline... COMPANY NEWS: Salesforce.com's (CRM) Q3 results beat on the top and bottom lines and RW Baird and Wells Fargo reiterated their Outperform ratings on the stock following the report, and shares of Salesforce.com traded higher on the session, settling up $12.88, or 8.83%, to $158.78... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers were shares of VIVUS (VVUS), up $1.38, or 13.33%, to $11.73 after Aetna (AET) posted a policy revision that expands coverage of the company's weight-loss drug Qsymia. Also higher were shares of Sequenom (SQNM), up 56c, or 15.18%, to $4.25 after a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that cell-free fetal DNA testing be offered to certain at-risk patients. Among the noteworthy were shares of Zale (ZLC), down over $2.23, or 29.97%, to $5.21, and Tilly's (TLYS), down $2.69, or 17.18%, to $12.97 after reporting earnings. Also lower were shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ), which fell $4.34, or 12.15%,to $31.37 after an FDA inspection report cited serious flaws in its oversight of design changes in its Durata line of defibrillator leads... INDICES The Dow was up 48.38, or 0.38%, to 12,836.89; the S&P 500 was up 3.22, or 0.23%, to 1,391.03;the Nasdaq was up 9.87, or 0.34%, to 2,926.55.
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July 29, 2014
06:43 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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06:16 EDTAETAetna raises 2014 Coventry accretion projection by 5c-10c to 55c-60c
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06:15 EDTAETAetna raises FY14 EPS to $6.45-$6.60 from $6.35-$6.55, consensus $6.54
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06:14 EDTAETAetna raises 2014-end medical membership to 23.4M members from 23M
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06:13 EDTAETAetna expects to achieve targeted high single-digit pretax operating margin 2014
06:03 EDTAETAetna reports Q2 operating EPS $1.69, consensus $1.60
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:58 EDTAETEarnings Preview: Aetna shares up 16% since last earnings report
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11:07 EDTSTJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Medical Devices Analyst Antalffy, along with MEDACorp Specialist Arie Pieter Kappetein, MD, PhD and Bernhard Meier, MD, assess EU cardiology trends on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 31 at 3 pm.
10:36 EDTAETAetna and Geisinger Health System reach five-year agreement
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July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTAETWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
10:52 EDTAETWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
July 24, 2014
06:50 EDTAETConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 23, 2014
07:45 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTCRMEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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13:46 EDTAETCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTAETAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
08:02 EDTSTJSt. Jude announces FlexAbility Ablation Catheter CE Mark approval, first use
St. Jude Medical CE Mark approval and first use of the FlexAbility Ablation Catheter. Designed with feedback from physician thought-leaders around the world, the FlexAbility catheter combines a unique, irrigated flexible catheter tip with a state-of-the-art handle and catheter design. The next-generation flexible tip technology was designed to reduce complications associated with ablation procedures through its ability to bend and conform to the cardiac anatomy, decreasing the amount of pressure distributed to a patientís heart wall while simultaneously increasing the stability of therapy delivery.
July 21, 2014
11:21 EDTSQNMSequenom VisibiliT launch unlikely to have near-term impact, says Ladenburg
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07:02 EDTSQNMSequenom subsidiary launched VisibiliT test in international markets
Sequenom announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sequenom Laboratories, will soon launch the VisibiliT laboratory-developed test in international markets. The VisibiliT test utilizes maternal age, fetal fraction and the relative amount of chromosomal material for chromosomes 21 and 18 to generate a highly accurate, personalized risk score.
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