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April 1, 2013
16:35 EDTKWK, AET, HUM, WLT, AM, WLP, DLLR, TSLA, UNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on the first trading day of the second quarter, with mixed economic data, closed markets in Europe and light volume conspiring to keep investors from driving the market to new highs, as was the case in the last day of the just finished quarter... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's March manufacturing PMI came in at 51.3, versus an expected reading of 54.0. The Commerce Department reported that construction spending increased 1.2% in February, versus an expected increase of 1.0%. Asian markets finished mostly lower after China's official purchasing managers' index for March rose to 50.9 from 50.1 in February, though that was lower than the 51.0 reading economists were expecting. HSBC's separate PMI reading rose to 51.6 in March from its 50.4 prior reading. Also, in Japan, the quarterly Tankan survey showed a only a modest uptick in confidence among large Japanese manufacturers. In Europe, markets remained closed for the Easter holiday... COMPANY NEWS: A number of health insurers, including Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellPoint (WLP) and Aetna (AET), rallied late in the trading day. The CMS announced on its website after the close that it had reversed its stance on cutting Medicare Advantage rates, giving insurers a 3.3% rate increase when a 2.2% decrease had been proposed earlier. Shares of the insurers extended their rally in after-market trading once the news was confirmed... Tesla (TSLA) shares gained $6.04, or 15.94%, to $43.93 after the company said it now expects to be profitable in the first quarter after its Model S sales exceeded 4,750 units, beating its previous expectations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was American Greetings (AM), up $1.95, or 12.11%, to $18.05 after agreeing to be acquired by the family of its Chairman for $18.35 per share. Also higher were shares of Quicksilver Resources (KWK), up 35c, or 15.56%, to $2.60 after the company agreed to sell a 25% interest in its Barnett Shale oil and gas assets to a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas for $485M. Among the noteworthy losers was DFC Global (DLLR), down $3.60, or 21.63%, to $13.04 after the company lowered its earnings view for the full year. Also lower were shares of Walter Energy (WLT), down $2.26, or 7.93%, to $26.24 after Goldman reiterated its Sell rating on the company's stock... INDICES: The Dow was down 5.69, or 0.04%, to 14,572.85; the Nasdaq was down 28.35, or 0.87%, to 3,239.17; and the S&P 500 was down 7.02, or 0.45%, to 1,562.17.
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April 16, 2015
06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Optum revenue $12.8B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 medical care ratio down 140 basis points to 81.1%
The first quarter operating cost ratio of 16.6% increased 20 basis points year-over-year due to higher growth in services businesses. The first quarter tax rate of 43.3% increased 130 basis points year-over-year due to higher levels of nondeductible ACA fees. First quarter days sales outstanding of 13 days increased 1 day year-over-year, due to higher growth in government programs. Days claims payable was flat year-over-year at 47 days.
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says Catamaran combination to contribute 30c to 2016 earnings
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.15-$6.30 from $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.21
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.46, consensus $1.35
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April 15, 2015
16:09 EDTAMAntero Midstream increases quarterly distribution 6% to 18c
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14:46 EDTUNHUnitedHealth technical notes before earnings
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14:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 58, May is at 26, June is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
11:51 EDTUNHExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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09:55 EDTTSLABofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:35 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTWLTWalter Energy provides update on efforts to improve capital structure
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April 14, 2015
09:35 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
08:40 EDTTSLASeveral signs suggest Apple may build a car, says Bernstein
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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10:58 EDTHUM, AET, UNHCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:33 EDTHUM, AET, UNHJefferies 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).
07:03 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded UnitedHealth to Buy saying the company's outlook continues to improve. It believes headwinds are turning to tailwinds in UNH's Medicare Advantage business and raised its price target for shares to $141 from $106.
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