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December 4, 2012
10:00 EDTFTE, SBAC, PTNR, GFI, WFM, DLTR, RENN, OMER, FRAN, MPO, SFD, PSA, HNTOn 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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February 25, 2015
07:31 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.16, consensus $1.14
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHNTLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:21 EDTHNTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTHNTHealth 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 EDTHNTCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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06:14 EDTWFMWhole Foods to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on February 27 at 9 am. Webcast Link
February 19, 2015
17:44 EDTPSAPublic Storage reports Q4 adjusted FFO $2.20, consensus $2.19
Reports Q4 revenue $467.73M, consensus $527.71M.
15:32 EDTPSANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Public Storage (PSA), consensus $2.19... Intuit (INTU), consensus (13c)... Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 55c... Nordstrom (JWN), consensus $1.35... Mohawk Industries (MHK), consensus $2.21... Newmont Mining (NEM), consensus 10c... Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c... Brocade Communications (BRCD), consensus 24c... Bruker (BRKR), consensus 29c... Rovi (ROVI), consensus 41c... Marvell Technology (MRVL), consensus 24c... MRC Global (MRC), consensus 46c... Equinix (EQIX), consensus $1.03.
14:15 EDTPSAPublic Storage technical comments ahead of earnings
There is a small double top pattern that is in play ahead of earnings and outlook, and the implications of the chart are thus bearish from a technical perspective. A minimum downside from the current level of $198.95 would be to the $189 area. That presumes that the news is bearish and the pattern seen is not simply the result of a pruning of positions before news. Additional downside objectives would be at $187.12 and $183.20. If the news is more bullish than the current technical picture suggests, the life high at $206.92 would likely be tested. If there is a breakout above that level, without resistance the next upside objective would probably be in the $210 to $125 range.
09:35 EDTWFMOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
09:12 EDTOMEROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:17 EDTOMEROmeros's Phase 2 OMS721 trial shows positive results
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February 18, 2015
12:25 EDTWFMWhole Foods February weekly volatility at 30 into investor conference
Whole Foods February call option implied volatility is at 33, February weekly is at 29, March is at 24, April is at 23, August is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional near term price movement into a February 26-27 investor conference.
07:59 EDTWFMWhole Foods recommended ahead of investor conference at Morgan Stanley
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06:56 EDTHNTObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
10:51 EDTWFMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTGFIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:03 EDTGFIGold Fields downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital
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07:23 EDTDLTRDollar Tree Q4 results likely to beat expectations, says Stifel
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