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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTGE, AETOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:51 EDTAETHealth insurers slide after UnitedHealth results, cautious comments
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after the largest company in the sector, UnitedHealth (UNH), reported slightly higher than expected first quarter profit but lower than expected revenue. WHAT'S NEW: UnitedHealth's first quarter earnings per share came in at $1.10, versus the consensus outlook of $1.09. The insurer reported revenue of $31.71B, compared with the consensus outlook of $31.99B. Taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on UnitedHealth's earnings, the company stated. Also pushing down the company's earnings was "a very expensive," new Hepatitis C therapy, UnitedHealth stated on its earnings conference call. Hepatitis C treatments cost UnitedHealth hundreds of millions of dollars in the first quarter, the company stated, though it also noted that demand for the treatments should drop going forward as initial pent-up demand for them starts to decline. The company indicated that it was looking to be reimbursed by states for the money it is spending on hepatitis vaccines for Medicaid patients. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth reiterated its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $5.40-$5.60 and its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance of $128B-$129B. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, UnitedHealth sank 3.7% to $75.31. Other health insurers also declined, with WellPoint (WLP) dropping 4% to $91.89, Aetna (AET) falling 3.3% to $67.54, Humana (HUM) declining 2.25% to $106.35, and Health Net (HNT) sliding 1% to $31.74.
09:07 EDTGEGE Capital says sees Q2 run rate of about $1.8B of earnings
09:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric says saw some improvement in credit demand in Q1
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08:17 EDTGEGeneral Electric says focusing on bolt-on acquisitions
Says on track to reduce share count in 2014 and planning for 9-9.5B by 2015. Says continuing to grow dividends in line with earnings. Says M&A focused on building out core: Focusing on bolt-on acquisitions, active on divestiture front, go above $1B-$4B range only for "exceptional" value and immediate accretion. Says oil and gas industry fundamentals remain strong. Says U.S. short-cycle markets strengthened in March, appears that weather impact a "one-time" event. Says had a few "rough spots" in Q1: U.S. Healthcare and Transportation/mining. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
06:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric on track to achieve goal of $1B in structural cost-out for year
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06:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 GE Capital revenue $10.52B
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06:32 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 32c
Reports Q1 revenue $34.18B, consensus $34.36B
April 16, 2014
17:53 EDTMDTEdwards says not looking for complete ban of Medtronic valve, Bloomberg says
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15:17 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
14:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric April 26 straddle priced for 2.5% move into Q1
12:22 EDTGEEarnings Preview: Analyst sentiment mixed ahead of GE's Q1 report
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10:08 EDTAETUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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09:28 EDTCRDCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTGEGE Digital Energy providing series compensation capabilities for Scottish Power
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08:08 EDTCRDCCardica sells 32.5M common shares at 85c
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07:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue outlook
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April 15, 2014
10:18 EDTGEGE Healthcare completes acquisition of CHCA Computer Systems
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10:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric says Dan Janki to lead GE's Treasury operations
GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt announced the appointment of Dan Janki to lead GEís Treasury operations, succeeding Kathy Cassidy, who is retiring later this year after 35 years of service to GE. Mark Begor, who currently leads GE Capitalís Real Estate business, will succeed Janki as president & CEO of GE Energy Management. Alec Burger, currently the North America leader for GE Capital Real Estate, will succeed Mark Begor as president & CEO of GE Capital Real Estate. The CEO appointments are effective immediately and the formal Treasury transition will be effective by the end of April.
09:23 EDTSYKBarclays medical supplies/devices analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:09 EDTSYKStryker completes acquisition of Berchtold Holding AG
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06:32 EDTAETPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
06:04 EDTGEGE CEO may give up leadership earlier than 20-year tenure, WSJ says
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April 14, 2014
16:24 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:26 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:54 EDTGEGE reports Omnyx gets FDA clearance for digital manual read of HER2 slides
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10:51 EDTMDTEdwards up after court limits sale of Medtronic's CoreValve in U.S.
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10:02 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTSYKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:00 EDTMDTMedtronic falls 5.4%
Medtronic is down 5.4%, or $3.20, to $56.00
08:59 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:39 EDTMDTEdwards Lifesciences upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital
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07:28 EDTSYKStryker upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust
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06:22 EDTMDTMedtronic downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:21 EDTMDTEdwards Lifesciences upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
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April 13, 2014
15:10 EDTMDTMedtronic says CoreValve ruling has no impact outside U.S.
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April 12, 2014
19:50 EDTMDTEdwards says court limits sale of Medtronic CoreValve system in U.S.
Edwards Lifesciences (EW) announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the United States. The court ordered the injunction to go into effect in seven business days. The hearing related to a federal jury decision in 2010 that CoreValve willfully infringes Edwards' U.S. Andersen transcatheter aortic valve replacement patent. At the conclusion of the hearing, Chief Judge Gregory Sleet ordered Edwards and Medtronic to confer on what instances the CoreValve device could continue to be used in the treatment of U.S. patients at centers currently trained on CoreValve. There is a large body of evidence demonstrating the safety and performance of the Edwards SAPIEN valves, and the company remains committed to ensuring patients have appropriate access to transcatheter therapy. This case was initiated by Edwards in 2008. On April 1, 2010, a federal jury found Medtronic willfully infringed Edwards' U.S. Andersen patent and awarded damages. In Nov. 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the jury decision; in Oct. 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Medtronic's appeal. The patent involved in this suit is part of the Andersen family of patents. The U.S. Andersen patent was issued in 1995. A petition has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to extend this patent into early 2016. In a separate case, a federal jury in January found that Medtronic CoreValve had willfully infringed Edwards' U.S. Cribier transcatheter heart valve patent, and awarded damages to Edwards in that trial.
April 11, 2014
10:05 EDTAETAetna, Tenet form accountable care collaboration in San Antonio
Aetna (AET), Tenetís (THC) Baptist Health System and HealthTexas Medical Group announced an accountable care collaboration and the introduction of the Aetna Whole Health product in the San Antonio area. The health plans, designed for fully insured customers with employees who live or work in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall counties, will be available on July 1.
April 10, 2014
19:10 EDTMDTMedtronic confirms FDA approval for expanded indications
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16:32 EDTMDTMedtronic gets FDA approval for revised labeling application
The U.S. FDA approved an application from Medtronic for revised labeling for two cardiac resynchronization pacemakers and eight cardiac resynchronization defibrillators, expanding the indication for use to patients with atrioventricular block and less severe heart failure. The FDA previously approved these devices for patients with more severe heart failure as evaluated by their physician using specific criteria. The new approved use includes patients with less severe heart failure, but who are already indicated to receive RV pacing. With the new indication, these patients will be eligible to receive a device that will pace both sides of their heart instead of just the right. Reference Link
09:03 EDTGEGE to provide grid modernization solutions to Furnas
GEís Digital Energy business is providing Furnas and Triangulo Mineiro Transmissora/Geoenergia with the latest in protection and control equipment to ensure performance and quality for each of the utilityís grid modernization projects. Furnas is one of the biggest utilities in Latin America and is responsible for power transmission in south, southeast and mid west Brazil. These projects, which support the modernization of Brazilís grid, mark GEís entry into Brazilís ANEEL transmission auctions. The auctions were won in December 2013 by TMT, a collaborative utility composed of Furnas and FIP Milao, with Furnas being the largest participant at 49%.
April 9, 2014
09:10 EDTGEWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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April 8, 2014
10:18 EDTAETCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTAETLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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09:07 EDTGEGE Healthcare receives FDA clearance of its Q.Clear technology
GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric, announced that it received U.S. FDA 510 clearance of its Q.Clear technology -- technology that can provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy and image quality in PET/CT imaging. This is an innovative new tool for clinicians across the entire care continuum including diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, and treatment assessment.
08:03 EDTGEGE unit provides $50M loan for Illinois power plant
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07:26 EDTMDTElsevier Business Intelligence to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTGEPR News to hold a conference
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTAETCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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07:58 EDTMDTMedtronic data positive for C.R. Bard, says Barclays
Barclays said Medtronic's (MDT) better than expected drug coated balloon data could have a positive class effect that benefits C.R. Bard (BCR). The firm reiterates its Overweight rating C.R. Bard and raised its price target to $165 from $160. Note that BofA/Merrill downgraded C.R. Bard to Neutral from Buy following the Medtronic's news.
07:39 EDTGEBloomberg to hold a summit
The Future of Energy Summit 2014 is being held in New York on April 7-9.
07:38 EDTMDTMedtronic data should lead to approval of drug-coated balloon, says Wells Fargo
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