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March 25, 2013
11:48 EDTLYG, VECO, PIP, WCG, ETEHigh option volume stocks: ETE PIP LYG WCG VECO
News For ETE;PIP;LYG;WCG;VECO From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
07:19 EDTVECOSusquehanna to hold a summit
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTWCGLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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16:27 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:21 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTWCGHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
08:05 EDTWCGCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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06:37 EDTLYGU.K. lowered Lloyds Banking stake, NY Times says
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February 19, 2015
14:21 EDTLYGS&P reportedly says Greece contagion not a major risk, Reuters reports
The risk of contagion spreading from Greece to other European countries is not that large, a German newspaper quoted S&P's chief sovereign ratings officer as saying, according to Reuters. The euro zone would be able to handle an exit of the bloc by Greece, the ratings officer was quoted as saying, Reuters reported. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
07:42 EDTVECOVeeco price target lowered to $38 from $44 at UBS
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06:04 EDTLYGFCA to investigate investment and corporate banking
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05:11 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity announces $2B share buyback program
ETE’s board has approved a $2B common unit buyback program, which is intended to be used opportunistically and will be utilized and sequenced from time to time depending on the trading price activity and performance of ETE’s common units.
05:09 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity reports Q4 continuing operations EPS 21c, consensus 40c
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February 18, 2015
10:05 EDTVECOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Amarin (AMRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Capital Product (CPLP) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Danone (DANOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Express (EXPR) upgraded on lower promotional activity at Piper Jaffray... Kforce (KFRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded following Q4 results at Pacific Crest... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... SeaChange (SEAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
08:21 EDTWCGWellCare price target raised to $105 from $95 at Leerink
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08:05 EDTVECOVeeco upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial
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07:29 EDTWCGWellCare management team has improved, says Stifel
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06:56 EDTWCGObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTETEJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
16:19 EDTVECOVeeco sees Q1 EPS (13c)-(7c), consensus 14c
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16:17 EDTVECOVeeco reports Q4 EPS 13c, consensus 4c
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