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March 26, 2014
11:02 EDTKND, THC, LPNT, DGX, FMS, ADK, UHS, CYH, DVA, SKH, HCA, LHDoc fix draft positive for labs, hospitals, skilled nursing, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the draft copy of the SGR ''Doc Fix'' bill released by the House of Representatives this morning as positive for labs, dialysis providers, hospitals and skilled nursing facility operators. The firm added that it thinks the chances the bill passes are high. Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and LabCorp (LH) are publicly traded labs, while DaVita (DVA) and Fresenius Medical (FMS) operate dialysis centers. Publicly traded hospital operators include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS). Skilled nursing stocks include Skilled Healthcare (SKH), AdCare (ADK) and Kindred Healthcare (KND).
News For DGX;LH;CYH;LPNT;HCA;UHS;THC;SKH;ADK;KND;DVA;FMS From The Last 14 Days
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February 9, 2016
17:05 EDTKNDKindred acquires Control licenses in South Carolina for home health services
Kindred acquired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control licenses to provide home health services in all 46 counties in South Carolina for approximately $18M. Kindred reached an agreement with DHEC following a state bidding process. The agreement took effect January 1, 2016, and immediately expands Kindred's services from 10 offices serving 22 counties to 19 offices serving the entire state of South Carolina. As part of the license transfer agreement, Kindred agreed to hire all employees and agreed to take over patients upon consent. Upon completion, 72 employees accepted the Company's offer of employment and 650 patients granted consent to the Company's care. With this platform, Kindred intends to open additional offices and expand its home health services in the state. The Company has been providing home health services in South Carolina since it acquired Gentiva Health Services in February 2015.
17:02 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare expands its home health operations
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07:37 EDTFMSInterface extends licensing agreement with Fresenius Medical Care
Interface Biologics announced that Fresenius Medical care has extended their exclusive licensing agreement for use of Endexo technology in chronic dialysis systems to cover the acute dialysis market.
February 5, 2016
06:23 EDTHCA20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 1, 2016
16:18 EDTCYHCommunity Health announces divestiture of Lehigh Acres, Florida hospital
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January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTHCAEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
05:23 EDTCYHCommunity Health implied volatility of 77 at upper end of index mean range
January 28, 2016
11:18 EDTLHOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: DRII SNE LH CAVM KSS UCO ILMN JBLU AVT SWK JNPR RRC CL HES
10:05 EDTLHHigh option volume stocks
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10:04 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:35 EDTHCAHCA Holdings sees FY16 adjusted EPS $6.00-$6.45, consensus $5.79
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08:33 EDTHCAHCA Holdings reports Q4 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.40
Reports Q4 revenue $10.249B, consensus $10.16B.
06:49 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics raises quarterly dividend to 40c per share from 38c per share
Quest Diagnostics' board authorized a 5% increase in its quarterly dividend from 38c to 40c per share, or $1.60 per share annually, payable on April 20, to shareholders of record of Quest Diagnostics common stock on April 6.
06:48 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics sees FY16 adjusted EPS $5.02-$5.17, consensus $5.09
Sees FY16 revenue $7.52B-$7.59B, consensus $7.58B.
06:47 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.19, consensus $1.19
Reports Q4 revenue $1.85B, consensus $1.85B.
06:10 EDTCYHCommunity Health upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTHCANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:27 EDTHCAOptions with increasing call volume
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