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February 26, 2014
10:00 EDTDWA, SEAC, IZEA, VLRS, SWY, JNPR, FMS, SUNS, NEM, MSO, VLP, PSXP, JAZZ, ARIA, ITMN, FST, VNO, TOL, NIHD, HUM, DRH, BOOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group... Dynamic Materials (BOOM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Fresenius Medical (FMS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Humana (HUM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... NII Holdings (NIHD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Safeway (SWY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Volaris (VLRS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Martha Stewart (MSO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... IZEA (IZEA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merriman... Forest Oil (FST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... SeaChange (SEAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Solar Senior Capital (SUNS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan.
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June 22, 2015
07:16 EDTHUMAnthem should be bought after Cigna offer, says Stifel
After Anthem, (ANTM) offered to buy Cigna (CI) and the latter company rejected the bid, Stifel estimates that the deal would have been 10% accretive for Anthem in the first year and 20% accretive in the second year. The firm thinks that accretion from the deal will probably be higher than expected. It also recommends buying Aetna (AET) as it believes that the Anthem offer suggests that Aetna will benefit more than expected from its own deal. The firm is cautious on Humana (HUM), saying that it may lose two potential buyers in Anthem and Cigna, while Humana may retreat if Aetna does not acquire the company quickly.
06:51 EDTHUMHealth insurer tie-ups could cut competition, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTHUMHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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June 21, 2015
16:03 EDTHUMAetna makes offer to acquire Humana, WSJ says
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTHUMStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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14:26 EDTTOLHomebuilders advance after KB Home reports earnings
Shares of homebuilder stocks are rallying in a down market after group member KB Home (KBH) reported second quarter EPS of 10c on revenue of $623M, beating consensus estimates of 8c and $619M, respectively. Net orders grew 33% to 3,015 in the current quarter, compared to 2,269 in the year-earlier quarter, largely driven by expansion in the company’s average community count. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading KB Home is up about 10% to $16.46. Other homebuilder stocks are moving up as well, with DR Horton (DHI) and PulteGroup (PHM) each up about 2% and Lennar (LEN) up 3%.
10:09 EDTHUMFly Watch: Supreme Court may release key ACA decision soon
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09:25 EDTMSOSequential deal for Martha would be game changer, says Wunderlich
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09:18 EDTHUMHumana most likely target in Managed Care, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says Humana (HUM) is the most likely acquisition target in the Managed Care space, with Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) as the likely acquirers. The firm believes Anthem would benefit the most from the acquisition of Humana. It also thinks UnitedHealth (UNH) could look to acquire Aetna or Cigna. FBR thinks one or two more large deals in the space are possible.
07:37 EDTHUMSupreme Court decision on ACA suit due soon, says UBS
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June 18, 2015
19:00 EDTMSOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:04 EDTVLRSVolaris inaugurates flights to Guatemala
Volaris inaugurated two new flights to Guatemala City from Cancun, Quintana Roo and Guadalajara, Jalisco as part of the carrier's international expansion plans.
16:24 EDTMSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
15:18 EDTMSOSequential Brands near deal to acquire Martha Stewart Omnimedia, WSJ says
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14:57 EDTMSOMartha Stewart reopens, up 19% after report of possible takeover
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14:50 EDTMSOMartha Stewart jumps 12%, halted for volatility after report on potential buyout
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14:49 EDTMSOSequential Brands near deal to buy Martha Stewart, DJ reports
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11:31 EDTHUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:51 EDTHUMIncrease in 3R backstop most positive for Humana, says Leerink
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07:04 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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