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July 22, 2014
12:16 EDTUHS, HCA, CYH, THC, LPNTU.S. to appeal ruling on health care insurance subsidies, Politico says
The U.S. government will ask all the judges on a federal appeals court to review a decision that struck down Obamacare subsidies in states that do not operate their own Obamacare exchanges, a White House spokesman said, according to Politico. The subsidies were struck down today by a 2-1 vote. Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Publicly traded hospitals include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).Reference Link
News For HCA;LPNT;CYH;UHS;THC From The Last 14 Days
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March 5, 2015
10:05 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:02 EDTUHS, LPNT, HCA, CYH, THCJefferies sees 'meaningful potential upside' in Hospital stocks
Jefferies says that even with yesterday's rally, shares of hospitals have "meaningful potential upside" left, especially if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the government in June. The firm has a more positive view on healthcare providers after yesterday's Supreme Court hearing of oral arguments related to its review of Federal Exchange premium subsidies. Comments made by "swing voter" Justice Kennedy suggested that he is leaning in favor of upholding the law, the firm points out. Its top pick in the space is HCA Holdings (HCA).
07:56 EDTHCA, CYH, UHSLeerink more bullish on Managed Care after SCOTUS arguments
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06:30 EDTTHCTenet downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital downgraded Tenet to Market Perform due to valuation.
March 4, 2015
17:11 EDTLPNT, THC, CYH, HCAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:13 EDTCYHFTC approves Community Health application to divest Riverview
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12:28 EDTHCA, CYH, THCOn 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 EDTTHC, LPNT, CYH, HCAHospital 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
08:03 EDTCYHCommunity Health to divest interest in two South Carolina hospitals
Community Health Systems announced that subsidiaries have executed a definitive agreement to sell their ownership interests in the entities that operate two South Carolina hospitals, 59-bed Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw and 102-bed Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville, and related outpatient services to M/C Healthcare LLC. The transaction is expected to close in the next sixty days, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The hospitals are operated under leases with a REIT that will otherwise expire on April 30, 2015. M/C Healthcare LLC is the successor lessee. The company does not expect the divestitures to have a meaningful impact on financial operations.
March 2, 2015
17:32 EDTCYHCommunity Health announces buyout of partner in five-hospital JV
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10:02 EDTTHCHigh option volume stocks
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February 27, 2015
16:57 EDTLPNTLifePoint files automatic mixed securities shelf
February 26, 2015
17:20 EDTUHSUniversal Health sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.15-$6.55, consensus $6.43
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17:18 EDTUHSUniversal Health reports Q4 EPS $1.71, consensus $1.50
Reports Q4 revenue $2.11B, consensus $2.04B. Included in the net revenues during the fourth quarter of 2014 was approximately $11M of additional net revenues recorded in connection with the Texas Delivery Service Reform Incentive Payment program which were applicable to the period of April 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014.
15:30 EDTUHSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
February 24, 2015
11:26 EDTTHCTenet rises over 3% after reporting Q4 results, backing FY15 outlook
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07:31 EDTCYHRBC Capital to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTUHS, LPNT, THC, HCA, CYHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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15:23 EDTTHCNotable companies reporting after market close
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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

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