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June 3, 2014
06:34 EDTHUM, MDTHumana claims Medtronic conspired with physicians, WSJ reports
Humana (HUM) is claiming that Medtronic (MDT) has violated the federal racketeering statute by conspiring with physicians to promote unapproved uses of its bone-growth drug, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to a lawsuit Humana filed in court last week, Medtronic may have paid $210M to prominent physicians to advocate for the drug's use in certain neck and spine surgeries. Reference Link
News For HUM;MDT From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
09:02 EDTMDTMedtronic announces Irish High Court approval of share premium reduction
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February 24, 2015
13:02 EDTMDTMedtronic confirms FDA approval of VenaSeal closure system
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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16:27 EDTHUMOn 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 EDTHUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTHUMHealth 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.
09:33 EDTHUMHumana 'evaluating all operational avenues' after CMS notice
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08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions, terms not disclosed
Medtronic announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition agreement, which closed in December 2014, were not disclosed.
08:05 EDTHUMCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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February 20, 2015
12:19 EDTMDTFDA approves closure system to permanently treat varicose veins
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February 19, 2015
16:15 EDTMDTMedtronic SANTE trial data show sustained safety, improvements in QOLIE-31
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10:42 EDTHUMHumana discloses DoJ Civil Division request for information
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February 18, 2015
06:56 EDTHUMObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
09:29 EDTMDTMedtronic says FY16 constant currency revenue may be up mid-single digit range
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09:27 EDTMDTMedtronic, Covidien targeting over $850M in cost synergies through FY18
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08:49 EDTMDTMedtronic sees being at high end of Q4 revenue growth range
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic sees Q4 revenue up 4%-6%
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07:18 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q3 EPS $1.01, consensus 97c
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February 16, 2015
13:59 EDTMDTMedtronic receives expanded indications of the Vertex Reconstruction System
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12:30 EDTMDTMedtronic announces CE mark, European launch of the Euphora catheter
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