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August 18, 2014
10:41 EDTCYH, FEYECommunity Health discloses personal data compromised in cyber attack
Earlier today, Community Health (CYH) disclosed in a filing that in July Community Health Systems confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external, criminal cyber attack that the company believes occurred in April and June. The company and its forensic expert, Mandiant, a FireEye company (FEYE), believe the attacker was an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company’s systems.The company has been informed by federal authorities and Mandiant that this intruder has typically sought valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data. However, in this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the company’s physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5M individuals who, in the last five years, were referred for or received services from physicians affiliated with the company. The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information; the data is, however, considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act because it includes patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. The company does not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on its business or financial results.
News For CYH;FEYE From The Last 14 Days
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March 5, 2015
08:02 EDTCYHJefferies sees 'meaningful potential upside' in Hospital stocks
Jefferies says that even with yesterday's rally, shares of hospitals have "meaningful potential upside" left, especially if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the government in June. The firm has a more positive view on healthcare providers after yesterday's Supreme Court hearing of oral arguments related to its review of Federal Exchange premium subsidies. Comments made by "swing voter" Justice Kennedy suggested that he is leaning in favor of upholding the law, the firm points out. Its top pick in the space is HCA Holdings (HCA).
07:56 EDTCYHLeerink more bullish on Managed Care after SCOTUS arguments
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March 4, 2015
17:11 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:13 EDTCYHFTC approves Community Health application to divest Riverview
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13:20 EDTFEYEFireEye seeing 'tremendous' top-down requests for information on cybersecurity
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12:28 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory but have paired their losses near midday. There was little reaction to the day’s economic data, which were highlighted by private payrolls growth that was a bit lower than expected and a crude oil inventory build-up that was much greater than expected. Investors are now looking forward to this afternoon, when the Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book report at 2:00 pm EST. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported private payrolls increased 212K in February, versus the consensus forecast for the addition of 219K jobs. Markit's services PMI rose to 57.1 in the final February reading, which was up from the 57.0 flash print, where it was expected to remain. ISM's services index edged up 0.2 points to 56.9 in February, which was above the consensus 56.5 forecast. In Asia, the biggest news came from India, whose central bank unexpectedly lowered its policy rate for the second time this year. The bank lowered its policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.5%, citing "low capacity utilization and still-weak indicators of production" for its pre-emptive policy action. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of hospital operators' stocks jumped after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed skepticism about the arguments from challengers' of a key component of the Affordable Care Act. At midday, after the high court ceased hearing arguments for the day, HCA Holdings (HCA) was up over 5.5%, Community Health (CYH) was up 5%, and Tenet Healthcare (THC) was up 4%... Exxon Mobil (XOM) stated at its analyst meeting that the company's capital expenditures came in $1.3B below plan at $38.5B last year and that it plans to cut that to $34B in 2015 based on expectations for reduced Upstream spending and "attractive" Downstream and Chemical investments. For 2016 to 2017, Exxon said it expects capital expenditures to average less than $34B per year. Despite the lower spending, Exxon Mobil sees its total Upstream production to be up 2% in 2015 and grow 3% per year in 2016 and 2017. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were online-only home goods retailer Wayfair (W), which rose 15% and gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which advanced over 10%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bazaarvoice (BV), which fell 28%, and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which dropped 13%. Also lower were shares of Bob Evans Farms (BOBE), which sunk 22% after its third quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates, the company lowered its fiscal year 2015 profit outlook and announced it would not pursue a sale or spin-off of its BEF Foods segment. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 87.26, or 0.48%, to 18,116.11, the Nasdaq was down 9.46, or 0.19%, to 4,970.44, and the S&P 500 was down 8.51, or 0.4%, to 2,099.27.
12:06 EDTCYHHospital stocks rise as Justice Kennedy voices concerns about Obamacare lawsuit
Liberal Supreme Court justices, along with a justice viewed as the "swing" justice on many cases, made statements today which suggested that they are skeptical about the arguments of plaintiffs who are asking the court to strike down subsidies under Obamacare in 34 states. Hospital stocks are rising, as hospitals benefit if more Americans are insured, and striking down the subsidies would cause fewer Americans to have health insurance. BACKGROUND: The plaintiffs in the case before the Supreme Court today, King vs. Burwell, argue that the Affordable Care Act, which launched Obamacare does not give the federal government the authority to offer subsidies through a health insurance exchange. A health insurance exchange operated by the federal government currently pays subsidies to consumers in 34 states that have not launched their own health insurance exchanges. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, the federal government would likely have to stop operating the exchange and paying the subsidies in those states. The court is expected to issue a decision on the case in June. WHAT'S NEW: Justice Anthony Kennedy, who may be considered to be the "swing" vote of the court, said that there is "a serious constitutional problem" with the plaintiffs' argument that states have to choose between launching their own exchanges or giving up subsidies, according to The Wall Street Journal. Kennedy also characterized as "powerful" the Obama administration's argument that the health-care law would disintegrate if the subsidies were struck down in most states, as the plaintiffs request. Justice Ruth Ginsburg said there would be disastrous consequences for states that haven't created their own exchanges if the court decides in favor of the plaintiffs, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that no one would use the federal exchanges if they could not get subsidies through it, The Journal reported. Justice Breyer said he thought that the law indicates that the federal government should run exchanges if states decline to do so, while Justice Kagan suggested, using an analogy, that it would be natural for the federal government to provide subsidies for residents of states that decline to operate exchanges, the newspaper reported. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Community Health (CYH) rose 5% to $52, HCA Holdings (HCA) gained 6% to $75, Tenet Healthcare (THC) rose 5% to $49.50, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 2.5% to $73.
07:21 EDTFEYEMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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March 3, 2015
08:03 EDTCYHCommunity Health to divest interest in two South Carolina hospitals
Community Health Systems announced that subsidiaries have executed a definitive agreement to sell their ownership interests in the entities that operate two South Carolina hospitals, 59-bed Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw and 102-bed Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville, and related outpatient services to M/C Healthcare LLC. The transaction is expected to close in the next sixty days, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The hospitals are operated under leases with a REIT that will otherwise expire on April 30, 2015. M/C Healthcare LLC is the successor lessee. The company does not expect the divestitures to have a meaningful impact on financial operations.
07:07 EDTFEYEPacific Crest to hold a summit
10th Annual Emerging Technology Summit is being held in San Francisco on March 3-4.
March 2, 2015
17:32 EDTCYHCommunity Health announces buyout of partner in five-hospital JV
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05:59 EDTFEYEFireEye introduces ne mobile security integration for Samsung
FireEye announced a new product integration with Samsung to enhance enterprise risk management on Samsung KNOX-enabled devices. The integrated solution intercepts apps before they are installed on the device and uses FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention to determine risk status, analyze, detect and block high-risk apps, as well as notify users of behaviors consistent with malware activity.
February 24, 2015
10:28 EDTFEYEAnalyst sees 'massive' IT security upgrade cycle still in early innings
A number of trends are spurring businesses and the government to spend aggressively on cyber security offerings, benefiting companies in the IT security sector, wrote research firm FBR Capital in a note to investors today. In conjunction, the firm raised its price target on a number of stocks in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives believes that spending on advanced cyber security products has increased this quarter. The ongoing series of well-publicized cyber attacks on large companies is causing businesses to become more concerned about protecting themselves from this threat, according to Ive, who believes that advanced IT security products have "massive," once in a multi-decade growth potential. Data points indicate that enterprises are looking to buy more advanced firewall/cloud security solutions, while the sizes of purchases by customers in the space have increased. Meanwhile, given the high priority that the Obama administration has placed on cyber security, the federal government's spending on IT security is likely to rise in the coming quarters and years, Ives wrote. Forecasting a 20% increase in overall cyber security spending this year, the analyst believes that the following companies should benefit disproportionately from the positive trends, since they have "the right products at the right time:" Palo Alto (PANW), FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint (PFPT), Check Point (CHKP), and Fortinet (FTNT). The analyst raised his price target on Fortinet to $39 from $36, on Palo Alto to $160 from $121, on Proofpoint to $67 from $60, and on Check Point to $93 from $85. He kept Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its own note to investors, RBC Capital said it expects Palo Alto to report stronger than expected Q2 results, driven by "impressive" revenue and margin improvements. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $150 from $145 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION:In early trading, Palo Alto added 0.2% to $138.41, FireEye advanced 1.2% to $43.87, Proofpoint lost slipped fractionally to $56.55, Check Point rose 0.5% at $82.77, and Fortinet gained 1.3% to $33.76.
08:32 EDTFEYEFBR checks show strong cybersecurity deal momentum
FBR Capital raised its price targets in the next-generation cybersecurity space after its channel checks showed strong deal momentum so far in the March quarter. The firm believes the "massive upgrade cycle" for next-generation cybersecurity remains in the early days. It raised its price target for Fortinet (FTNT) to $39 from $36, for Palo Alto (PANW) to $160 from $121, for FireEye (FEYE) to $53 from $45, for Proofpoint (PFPT) to $67 from $60 and for Check Point (CHKP) to $93 from $85.
07:31 EDTCYHRBC Capital to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTCYHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:51 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE AAL
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10:32 EDTFEYEFireEye falls, levels to watch
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10:15 EDTFEYECyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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February 20, 2015
09:08 EDTFEYEFireEye price target raised to $50 from $44 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on FireEye to $50 from $44 following meetings with management. The firm cited improved business trends, new partnerships and higher state and local government spending. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on FireEye shares.

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