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February 27, 2014
11:29 EDTCVS, ESRX, CTRXCatamaran plunges after full year profit outlook trails expectations
Shares of Catamaran (CTRX), a provider of pharmacy benefit management services, are sinking after the company's fiscal 2014 profit outlook significantly trailed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Catamaran reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 56c and revenue of $4.53B, topping expectations of 54c and $4.04B, respectively. The company forecast FY14 adjusted EPS of $2.04-$2.19, compared to consensus of $2.41. FY14 revenue was guided to $20B-$21B, versus consensus of $20.16B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive. Research firm Jefferies said weakness in the shares of Catamaran was a buying opportunity. The firm recommended buying the stock on weakness saying Catamaran is likely to sustain its strong top-line growth. Jefferies had a Buy rating on the stock with a $70 price target. Another firm, Leerink, said Catamaran's long-term growth drivers remained intact despite its weaker than expected 2014 outlook. It kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Catamaran fell $6.03, or about 11.6%, to $45.78 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's slide, the stock has lost about 17% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other firms that provide pharmacy benefit management services include Express Scripts (ESRX) and CVS Caremark (CVS).
News For CTRX;ESRX;CVS From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
19:14 EDTESRX, CVSExpress Scripts to cover both Repatha, Praluent for now, Bloomberg says
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08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into two new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with two health systems, St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.
August 26, 2015
08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health to partner with telehealth providers to improve patient care
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August 25, 2015
16:01 EDTCVSTarget sees $550M pretax gain after closing CVS transaction
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August 20, 2015
09:20 EDTESRXExpress Scripts rebates to increase due to price protection, says Cleveland
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August 19, 2015
16:00 EDTCVSTarget shares driven higher after earnings, cool after hot open
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11:03 EDTCVSTarget says sees Q3 SSS up 1%-2%
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05:46 EDTESRXStocks with implied volatility movement; ESRX BMY
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August 18, 2015
13:01 EDTCVSEarnings Watch: Target to report Q2 results after management changes
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11:23 EDTESRXExpress Scripts call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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11:10 EDTESRXRumor: Express Scripts strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:09 EDTCVSCVS Health completes Omnicare acquisition for total enterprise value of $12.9B
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August 17, 2015
13:30 EDTESRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
08:48 EDTESRXTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).

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