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November 21, 2012
16:39 EDTSTJ, SQNM, CRM, TLYS, AET, ZLC, VVUSOn 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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April 15, 2015
19:34 EDTVVUSVIVUS files patent infringement lawsuit against Teva
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11:23 EDTCRMSalesforce.com participates in a meeting with Stephens
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April 14, 2015
07:10 EDTVVUSVIVUS says CVOT 'unlikely to initiate' in 2015
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April 13, 2015
12:42 EDTCRMFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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10:58 EDTAETCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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10:15 EDTSQNMHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:33 EDTAETJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
06:33 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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April 10, 2015
10:00 EDTTLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:03 EDTTLYSTilly's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:57 EDTCRMSalesforce.com implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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April 9, 2015
06:05 EDTCRMSalesforce.com implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
April 8, 2015
06:00 EDTCRMSalesforce.com implied volatility of 28 at lower end of index mean range
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April 7, 2015
10:23 EDTAETMedicare Advantage 2016 rates set above expectations
The U.S. yesterday announced higher than expected 2016 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates. The news is seen as benefiting managed care companies with large exposure to the Medicare Advantage program. WHAT'S NEW: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, yesterday afternoon announced that Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates would rise 1.25% in 2016 from 2015 levels. In February, CMS proposed a 0.95% reduction in Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates for 2016. This year, reimbursement rates have fallen 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Humana (HUM) said this morning in a regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, the company expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation, the company explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Scott Fidel wrote that this is the first time in seven years that CMS has implemented an increase in Medicare Advantage rates. However, noting that CMS said it had raised its estimates for Medicare costs, Fidel added that this forecast tempered the positive outlook created by the reimbursement increase. The analyst kept Buy ratings on the following stocks in the sector: Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Cigna (CI), Magellan Health (MGLN), and UnitedHealth (UNH). Stifel analysts said that the results were modestly better than expected, except for the agency's decision not to make a Star rating adjustment for plans with certain higher acuity populations. The firm thinks that more diversified managed care companies with Medicare Advantage products could be boosted by CMS' decision, identifying Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth as being among the companies in that category. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna was little changed at $107.40, Anthem was flat near $155 per share, Cigna slipped 0.4% to $131.34, Magellan was flat at $71, UnitedHealth added 0.5% to $118.31 and Humana gained fractionally to $178.54.
08:20 EDTAETCowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
07:44 EDTAETSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTAET2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
06:56 EDTAETAetna CEO sees 'groundswell' of wage increases in coming months, WSJ reports
Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, says he believes there will be a "groundswell" of pay increases for the lowest-paid employees at big companies in the next few months, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bertolini commented at a Peterson Institute for International Economics event that he believes "there are a number of CEOs that will come out in the next six months with wage increases that will matter." Reference Link
April 6, 2015
07:57 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
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