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July 31, 2014
12:29 EDTGEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:24 EDTGEGE still targeting full exit of Synchrony Financial in late 2015
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09:45 EDTGESynchrony Financial opens at $23.00, IPO priced at $23.00
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09:35 EDTGESynchrony Financial IPO indicated to open $23.00 on 3M shares
Synchrony Financial (SYF) priced 125M shares at $23.00. Goldman, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, BofA/Merrill, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank acted as joint book running managers for the offering. Synchrony Financial is the planned spin-off from GE Capital (GE).
July 30, 2014
09:17 EDTAETAetna shares look cheap, says UBS
UBS said shares of Aetna look cheap following its Q2 results, citing valuation relative to peers, its favorable outlook on almost all of its operating metrics, and its increase in share buybacks. UBS has a Buy rating with a $93 price target on Aetna.
July 29, 2014
10:04 EDTAETAetna weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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10:02 EDTAETAetna falls after results, levels to watch
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06:16 EDTAETAetna raises 2014 Coventry accretion projection by 5c-10c to 55c-60c
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06:15 EDTAETAetna raises FY14 EPS to $6.45-$6.60 from $6.35-$6.55, consensus $6.54
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06:14 EDTAETAetna raises 2014-end medical membership to 23.4M members from 23M
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06:13 EDTAETAetna expects to achieve targeted high single-digit pretax operating margin 2014
06:03 EDTAETAetna reports Q2 operating EPS $1.69, consensus $1.60
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:58 EDTAETEarnings Preview: Aetna shares up 16% since last earnings report
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12:46 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval for PRESTIGE cervical disc system
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11:17 EDTGEGE Energy Financial Services invests in Atria Power's wind farms in India
GE unit GE Energy Financial Services announced earlier that it has invested equity in three Atria Power wind projects under construction in India, supporting GE’s commitment to invest $1B annually in renewable energy projects worldwide. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of 126 megawatts and will support the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s program to generate competitively priced grid-interactive wind power through feed-in tariffs. Financial details were not disclosed. The projects will use GE 1.6-87.5 wind turbines, serviced by GE under an operations and maintenance agreement, to generate 76 megawatts of the total capacity. Additional turbines will be supplied and serviced by another manufacturer to generate 50 megawatts. Atria Power is managing construction and operations. This note corrects a prior version with a typo in its headline.
11:07 EDTMDTLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Medical Devices Analyst Antalffy, along with MEDACorp Specialist Arie Pieter Kappetein, MD, PhD and Bernhard Meier, MD, assess EU cardiology trends on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 31 at 3 pm.
10:36 EDTAETAetna and Geisinger Health System reach five-year agreement
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06:52 EDTMDTFormer official says Obama could limit inversion deals, NY Times reports
President Obama could limit tax inversion deals on his own authority, said Stephen Shay, former deputy assistant Treasury secretary for international tax affairs in the Obama administration, according to The New York Times. A 1969 law gives the president the ability to restrict inversion deals, said Shay, who also worked in the Reagan administration, the newspaper stated. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott (ABT), Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Alletgan (AGN). Reference Link
July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTAETWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
10:52 EDTAETWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
06:30 EDTMDTObama calls on Congress to end inversion deals, NY Times reports
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July 24, 2014
13:26 EDTCRDCBroadfin Capital reports 9.98% stake in Cardica
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08:19 EDTSYK, MDTLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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06:50 EDTAETConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 23, 2014
13:48 EDTGEHouse Natural Resources Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources holds a hearing entitled, "American Metals and Mineral Security: An Examination of the Domestic Critical Minerals Supply and Demand Chain" with Doe Run Company's CEO Pyatt, Anthony Ku, of General Electric Co.’s GE Global Research and Mark Fellows, SNL Financial Analyst on July 23 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
13:36 EDTSYKIntuitive Surgical rises after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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08:56 EDTGEGeneral Electric weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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08:11 EDTGEYingli Green Energy to supply PV modules to large project in Japan
Yingli Green Energy's (YGE) wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Japan, has signed an agreement to supply 32 MWs of multicrystalline PV modules to a large-scale project located in Okayama, Japan. The company will deliver approximately 108K YGE 72 Cell Series modules for the project from January 2015 to December 2015. The project is financed by GE (GE) Energy Financial Services.
July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTAETCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTAETAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRS’s regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
08:36 EDTSYKStryker appoints CEO Kevin Lobo as chairman
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July 21, 2014
09:31 EDTGEGE gas engine technology chosen for power project in Mexico
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09:05 EDTGEGE unit invest $5M in Mebane manufacturing operations
GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5M to strengthen its Mebane North Carolina operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that was expanded in October 2013 with the grand opening of GE’s Power Equipment and Power Components global headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. The investment will enable Mebane operations to transition to a dedicated, regional customer experience center where co-located teams will work collaboratively to streamline manufacturing processes and bring new electrical distribution technologies to market. Production of GE’s automatic transfer switches for the data center market is also included in the transition, creating approximately 60 jobs and related growth to the local economy.
08:16 EDTMDTDeutsche Bank analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric annual targets a 'stretch,' says JPMorgan
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07:18 EDTGEAlstom CEO not concerned over complexities added to deal by France, FT says
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July 18, 2014
16:20 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric invests $1.3M in West Burlington plant
GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing an additional $1.3M in its West Burlington plant as a manufacturing center of excellence and is creating about 50 new jobs. GE will add two product lines to its local manufacturing operations, including: Paralleling switchgear equipment for mission-critical applications including data centers, financial systems and hospitals and EntelliGuard low-voltage air circuit breakers for reliable equipment and personnel protection in industrial and commercial settings.
12:51 EDTMDTKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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12:42 EDTGEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
10:12 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees Alstom deal to close in 2015
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09:51 EDTGESynchrony Financial files 125M share IPO, sees pricing $23-$26 per share
Synchrony Financial (SYF), the planned spin-off from GE Capital (GE), is offering 125M shares of its common stock in its initial public offering and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share. Its shares of common stock have been authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” the company disclosed in a filing.
09:29 EDTGEGE estimates $2B income dividend, $1B special dividend from GE Capital
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09:26 EDTGEGeneral Electric says does not like to discuss dispositions until announced
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09:24 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTGEGE says not done with divestitures, likes current Oil & Gas portfolio
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09:00 EDTSYKStryker price target raised to $92 from $87 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Stryker to $92 from $87 citing valuation, organic sales growth, and solid risk/reward. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric says U.S. challenges persist in Healthcare
Reports Q2 Healthcare segment orders flat at $4.8B, with emerging markets up 7%, Europe up 2% and U.S. down (2%). GE cites caution from Affordable Care Act impacting U.S. activity in Healthcare segment.
08:43 EDTGEGeneral Electric says orders, backlog give confidence in second half
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07:48 EDTGEGE sees FY14 revenue flat to up 5%, consensus $148.59B
General Electric says its total year framework remains on track. GE expects strong Industrial segment growth and margin expansion in 2014. Says on track to lower Corporate expense about $500M. Sees FY14 Industrial segment organic growth 4%-7%; GE Capital flat to (5%). Comments and guidance from slides for Q2 earnings call.
07:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 orders up 4% to $25.1B
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06:36 EDTGEGE says it is targetting IPO of North American Retail Finance business for July
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06:34 EDTGEGE CEO Jeff Immelt: The environment continues to be generally positive
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06:33 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports backlog of equipment and services at Q2-end $246B
Reports ENI was at $371B at Q2-end, down $2.4B from last quarter. General Electric Capital Corporation’s estimated Tier 1 common ratio rose 51 basis points from the year-ago period to 11.7%, and net interest margin was strong at 5%.
06:32 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 Industrial segment profit up 9% to $4.2B
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06:31 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 EPS 39c, consensus 39c
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