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News For MDT;CRDC;GE;SYK;AET From The Last 14 Days
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April 10, 2015
06:34 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:56 EDTGEGeneral Electric moves higher on deal to sell real estate portfolio
The shares were last at $25.26, trading up over 1%. At this price next resistance is at $26.27. Support is at $25.09, the 50-day moving average.
13:38 EDTGEGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
13:35 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell all or part of real estate assets, Dow Jones says
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April 8, 2015
17:25 EDTGECourt reverses $664M judgment against United Technologies
In a regulatory filing, United Technologies (UTX) reports that on April 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in the litigation concering the F100 engine. The litigation arose from allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that Pratt & Whitney -- a United subsidiary -- violated the civil False Claims Act relating to the competition between Pratt & Whitney's F100 engine and General Electric's (GE) F110 engine, resulting in alleged overpayments by the government for F100 engines under contracts awarded by the U.S. Air Force in fiscal years 1985-1990. On June 17, 2013, a trial court in Ohio rendered a decision awarding the government $473M in damages and penalties, plus prejudgment interest for a total judgment of approximately $664M. In its latest decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed the trial court’s judgment, noting that the government did not prove any damages, and remanded the case to the trial court to decide whether the government should have another opportunity to prove that it suffered any actual damages.
09:13 EDTGEElectrolux sees GE Appliances deal closing in 2015
Electrolux (ELUXY) announced that results for the business area Major Appliances North America will be significantly lower than anticipated in Q1. Electrolux operations continue to be negatively impacted by the transition of the product ranges within refrigeration and freezers. This transition is a consequence of the new energy requirements imposed during the second half of 2014. Earnings are also affected by the ramp up of the cooking plant in Memphis, which has been slower than anticipated. Results for the business area in the first quarter 2015 will therefore be negative. A program to restore profitability and increase efficiency is under way. It will require most of 2015 before these actions will show full effect. The preparation work for the integration of GE Appliances (GE) is progressing well and Electrolux remains confident that the transaction will be closed in 2015. During the integration planning, additional synergies of $50M have been identified, in excess of the previously communicated $300M. Total cost synergies are now estimated to $350M.
07:24 EDTMDTNeurotechnology Industry Organization to hold a conference
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April 7, 2015
10:23 EDTAETMedicare Advantage 2016 rates set above expectations
The U.S. yesterday announced higher than expected 2016 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates. The news is seen as benefiting managed care companies with large exposure to the Medicare Advantage program. WHAT'S NEW: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, yesterday afternoon announced that Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates would rise 1.25% in 2016 from 2015 levels. In February, CMS proposed a 0.95% reduction in Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates for 2016. This year, reimbursement rates have fallen 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Humana (HUM) said this morning in a regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, the company expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation, the company explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Scott Fidel wrote that this is the first time in seven years that CMS has implemented an increase in Medicare Advantage rates. However, noting that CMS said it had raised its estimates for Medicare costs, Fidel added that this forecast tempered the positive outlook created by the reimbursement increase. The analyst kept Buy ratings on the following stocks in the sector: Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Cigna (CI), Magellan Health (MGLN), and UnitedHealth (UNH). Stifel analysts said that the results were modestly better than expected, except for the agency's decision not to make a Star rating adjustment for plans with certain higher acuity populations. The firm thinks that more diversified managed care companies with Medicare Advantage products could be boosted by CMS' decision, identifying Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth as being among the companies in that category. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna was little changed at $107.40, Anthem was flat near $155 per share, Cigna slipped 0.4% to $131.34, Magellan was flat at $71, UnitedHealth added 0.5% to $118.31 and Humana gained fractionally to $178.54.
08:20 EDTAETCowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
07:44 EDTAETSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTAET2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
06:56 EDTAETAetna CEO sees 'groundswell' of wage increases in coming months, WSJ reports
Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, says he believes there will be a "groundswell" of pay increases for the lowest-paid employees at big companies in the next few months, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bertolini commented at a Peterson Institute for International Economics event that he believes "there are a number of CEOs that will come out in the next six months with wage increases that will matter." Reference Link
April 6, 2015
13:09 EDTMDTMedtronic signs development deal with Israeli start-up, Globes says
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07:57 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
April 5, 2015
18:47 EDTGEPart of GE Louisville facility catches fire, Reuters says
A section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices caught fire on Friday, says Reuters. A company spokesperson said "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," and there were no injuries from the incident, added Reuters. Reference Link
08:43 EDTGEAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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