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December 4, 2012
10:00 EDTRENN, OMER, FRAN, MPO, SFD, PSA, HNT, FTE, SBAC, PTNR, GFI, WFM, DLTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Health Net (HNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Omeros (OMER) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Partner Communications (PTNR) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Renren (RENN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... France Telecom (FTE) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast.
News For FRAN;GFI;HNT;OMER;PTNR;PSA;RENN;SBAC;SFD;DLTR;FTE;MPO;WFM From The Last 14 Days
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April 14, 2015
07:08 EDTOMEROmeros' OMS721 receives European approval for compassionate use
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07:08 EDTGFIDenver Gold Group to hold a forum
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April 13, 2015
10:58 EDTHNTCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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07:33 EDTHNTJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
April 10, 2015
14:12 EDTGFIGold Fields upgraded to Hold from Sell at HSBC
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10:09 EDTGFIGold Fields reaches three-year wage agreement at South Deep mine
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April 9, 2015
11:11 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: TLM WETF GRPN TRIP GMCR MYL AOL WB WFM EA
05:31 EDTPTNRPartner Communications announces amendment to Brand License Agreement
Partner Communications announces that it has entered with Orange Brand Services Limited into an amendment regarding the Brand Licence Agreement for the use of the Orange brand in Israel. The Amendment is effective as of March 31, 2015. Under the Amendment, the BLA will terminate after a period of ten years commencing on April 1, 2015, unless extended by agreement between the parties, negotiated in good faith. The Amendment also addresses royalties payable by Partner to Orange and provides that the royalty rate which was applicable during the past three years will be maintained during the next four years, subject to certain conditions set in the Amendment. Following March 31, 2019, the Amendment provides for the royalty rate to increase. However, the Amendment does not change Partner’s right to terminate the BLA at any time upon six months advanced notice.
April 8, 2015
11:29 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTMPOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:00 EDTMPOMidstates Petroleum initiated with a Buy at Noble Financial
Target $2.65.
08:09 EDTDLTRFamily Dollar says sales trends in March 'rebounded nicely'
"We continue to see tangible benefits from the investments we have made to strengthen our value proposition for customers. Our comparable store sales and customer traffic trends are improving, and we are beginning to see stabilization in key categories. While our trends in late-February were adversely impacted by severe winter weather, our sales trends in March rebounded nicely, reflecting both improved traffic trends and the benefit of an earlier Easter,” said Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about the pending merger with Dollar Tree, and our teams are working to ensure a successful integration.”
08:05 EDTDLTRFamily Dollar says not providing guidance
On January 22, Family Dollar (FDO) stockholders adopted the merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The completion of the merger remains subject to Federal Trade Commission clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other closing conditions. Dollar Tree, with support from Family Dollar, is continuing to work with the FTC to obtain clearance under the HSR Act, including in connection with arranging for divestitures. Dollar Tree has informed Family Dollar that Dollar Tree intends to close the merger by the end of May 2015. In light of the pending transaction, the company has not provided earnings guidance for fiscal 2015 and will not hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter results.
April 7, 2015
16:38 EDTDLTRDollar Tree discloses update on FTC review process of Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing, the following update on the Federal Trade Commission’s review process of the company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). As of April 1, the FTC’s staff has substantially completed its review and identified approximately 340 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $47.4M of operating income. The company expects that all or almost all of the stores that will be divested will be Family Dollar stores. The company continues to make progress with divestiture buyers and has received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. The company is working to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidders in April 2015 and in parallel to secure FTC approval. The company intends to close the proposed merger in May, but this timing is subject to certain factors beyond the company’s control, including FTC approval.
12:36 EDTWFMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:20 EDTHNTCowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
07:41 EDTHNT2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
07:39 EDTHNTSome managed care stocks could be pressured by CMS decision, says Stifel
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April 6, 2015
08:40 EDTWFMOrganic Food sector to see increased competition, says Longbow
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07:57 EDTHNTLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
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