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February 14, 2013
17:38 EDTHCA, AU, CNO, DLPHPaulson reports decreased stakes in Delphi, AngloGold, HCA Holdings, CNO
News For DLPH;AU;HCA;CNO From The Last 14 Days
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March 4, 2015
17:11 EDTHCAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:28 EDTHCAOn 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 EDTHCAHospital 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.
March 3, 2015
10:01 EDTDLPHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Bacterin (BONE) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Comerica (CMA) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Easterly Government Properties (DEA) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Fifth Third (FITB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Hilton (HLT) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Ligand (LGND) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... M&T Bank (MTB) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... MPLX (MPLX) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Marriott (MAR) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Nexvet Biopharma (NVET) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Regions Financial (RF) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Shell Midstream (SHLX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Syneron Medical (ELOS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Zions Bancorp (ZION) initiated with a Sell at UBS.
08:56 EDTDLPHDelphi Automotive initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast
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February 24, 2015
09:47 EDTAUAngloGold upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman (pre-open)
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHCALeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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05:19 EDTAUAngloGold sees FY15 production 4.0Moz-4.3Moz
Production guidance for FY15 is now between 4.0Moz-4.3Moz, reflecting the sale of the Navachab mine, reduction in production from Mali, cessation of underground production at Obuasi, only partially offset by the ramp-up in production from Cripple Creek & Victor starting after Q1. Total cash costs are now anticipated to be $770/oz-$820oz. AISC are forecast at $1,000/oz to $1,050/oz. Capital expenditure for FY15 are expected to be $1B-$1.1B. Corporate costs are now forecast at approximately $95M-$110M for the year, and Expensed exploration and study costs are forecast at $155M-$175M. Depreciation and amortization are expected to be $860M, while the cash flow impact of interest charges is expected at $240M.
05:16 EDTAUAngloGold sees Q1 production 900,000oz-940,000 oz
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05:15 EDTAUAngloGold reports Q4 production 1.16Moz
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February 22, 2015
17:23 EDTHCAHCA Holdings could rise 20%, Barron's says
HCA Holdings could rise 20%, to about $86.00 per share, in the next year as the company's core hospital business grows, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
15:34 EDTAUAngloGold seeking partners, buyers for assets in Americas, WSJ says
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15:05 EDTAUAngloGold hires banks to find partners, buyers for assets, DJ reports
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08:13 EDTDLPHDetroit Economic Club to host a luncheon meeting
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05:39 EDTDLPHDelphi Automotive agrees to sell thermal business to MAHLE
Delphi Automotive announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its wholly-owned thermal business to MAHLE GmbH for cash consideration of approximately $727M, subject to closing adjustments, which represents an implied EV/LTM EBITDA multiple of approximately 9.5x. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fund growth initiatives, including acquisitions and share repurchases. Delphi and MAHLE also signed a separate letter of intent to sell Delphi’s stake in Shanghai Delphi Automotive Air-Conditioning System. Proceeds from this transaction will be in addition to the $727M paid for the wholly-owned operations. Delphi’s Thermal division had 2014 revenues of $1.6B, with approximately 6,700 employees and 13 plants globally. The results of operations of the Thermal division business will be reported as discontinued operations beginning in the first quarter of 2015.

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