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July 31, 2014
11:29 EDTBRLI, DGX, LHFDA announces steps to ensure reliable diagnostic test results
The FDA announced that it took "important steps to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent and reliable results." The FDA issued a final guidance on the development, review and approval of companion diagnostics, which are tests used to identify patients who will benefit from or be harmed by treatment with a certain drug. Companion diagnostic tests are intended to aid physicians in selecting appropriate therapies for individual patients, the agency said. These tests are commonly used to detect certain types of gene-based cancers. The FDA also is notifying Congress of its intention to publish a proposed risk-based oversight framework for laboratory developed tests, which are designed, manufactured and used within a single laboratory. The agency also intends to publish a draft guidance outlining how laboratories can notify the FDA that they are currently manufacturing and using LDTs, how to provide information about their LDTs, and how they can comply with the medical device reporting requirements. Publicly traded laboratory companies include LabCorp (LH), Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Bio-Reference Labs (BRLI). Reference Link
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February 26, 2015
07:24 EDTLHLabCorp added to Conviction Buy List from Not Rated at Goldman
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07:24 EDTDGX, LHQuest Diagnostics downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed Quest Diagnostics (DGX) from the Conviction Buy List and added LabCorp (LH) to the list. The firm believes LabCorp will have higher average organic growth and earnings growth, and views its valuation as more attractive. The firm rates Quest Diagnostics a Buy with a $77 price target.
February 25, 2015
15:28 EDTLHLabCorp management to meet with Evercore ISI
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08:36 EDTBRLIBio-Reference Labs launches OnkoSight tumor sequencing program
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February 23, 2015
09:59 EDTDGXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:59 EDTLHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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08:12 EDTLHLabCorp upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:32 EDTLHLabCorp resumed with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Price target range $120-$129.
06:36 EDTLHLabCorp upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:24 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
05:41 EDTLHLabCorp upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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February 20, 2015
07:13 EDTLHLabCorp says has temporarily suspended share repurchase program
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07:12 EDTLHLabCorp sees FY15 adjusted EPS $7.35-$7.70, consensus $7.34
Guidance includes accretion of approximately 35c-40c to earnings in 2015 from the acquisition of Covance. The Company expects to have approximately 102 million total weighted-average shares outstanding in 2015, after issuing approximately 15.3 million shares for the Covance transaction. Sees FY15 total revenue growth of approximately 40%-44%, after adjusting for approximately 160 basis points of negative currency impact. Revenue growth in the clinical laboratory business of approximately 3%-5%. Consensus is $6.16B. Revenue growth in the Covance business of approximately 4%-6%, after adjusting for approximately 330 basis points of negative currency impact. Sees FY15 operating cash flow $1.075B-$1.1B, CapEx $325M-$350M, free cash flow $725M-$775M. Free cash flow will be used to pay down debt and for tuck-in acquisitions. The company has temporarily suspended its share repurchase program until it approaches its target leverage ratio of 2.5 times debt to EBITDA. The company expects cost synergies from business optimization, corporate overhead and purchasing and logistics in excess of $100M within three years, with associated one-time costs of approximately $50M. The company expects synergies in 2015 of approximately $35M, with associated one-time costs of approximately $20M. Project LaunchPad will re-engineer the Company’s systems and processes, leverage technological advancements, create a sustainable, more efficient business model, and improve the experience of all stakeholders. The company expects this initiative to drive net savings in excess of $150M over the next three years, with associated one-time costs of approximately $30M. The company expects net savings from this initiative in 2015 of approximately $50M, with associated one-time costs of approximately $15M.
07:09 EDTLHLabCorp reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.65, consensus $1.63
Reports Q4 revenue $1.51B, consensus $1.5B.
07:08 EDTDGXAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
15:32 EDTLHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:22 EDTLHLabCorp completes acquisition of Covance
LabCorp (LH) announced the completion of its acquisition of Covance (CVD), following its entry into a definitive purchase agreement on November 2, 2014. At closing, the purchase consideration was valued at $107.19 per Covance share, consisting of $75.76 in cash and 0.2686 LabCorp shares for each Covance share, or an equity value of approximately $6.2B and an enterprise value of approximately $5.7B. The closing of the transaction follows the receipt of all necessary regulatory requirements and approval of the transaction by Covance shareholders on February 18. With the closing of the transaction, Covance common stock will cease trading and will no longer be listed on the NYSE.
February 18, 2015
09:27 EDTLHCovance stockholders approve acquisition by LabCorp
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February 17, 2015
09:01 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics, Genomic Vision renew collaboration for three years
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