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March 4, 2013
09:21 EDTVCRA, MRGE, UNH, ATHN, MCKBarclays to host events at HIMSS 2013
Company events being held in conjunction with HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans on March 4-5.
News For MRGE;MCK;UNH;VCRA;ATHN From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
08:32 EDTATHNathenahealth issues likely due to timing, says Cowen
Cowen said they are defending athenahealth on weakness as its solid financial results may be overshadowed by weaker than expected doctor adds and bookings. The firm believes the issues are likely due to timing and noted that the company reaffirmed its guidance. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $174 price target on athenahealth shares.
07:29 EDTATHNOptions expected to be active
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTATHNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:04 EDTATHNathenahealth reports Q4 EPS 45c, consensus 41c
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14:35 EDTATHNNotable companies reporting after market close
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February 3, 2016
14:31 EDTATHNAthenahealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Athenahealth February weekly call option implied volatility is at 147, February is at 61, March is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 5.
08:02 EDTATHNathenahealth enters partnership with Privia Health
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February 2, 2016
09:02 EDTMCKLafayette Radiology picks McKesson for revenue cycle management services
Lafayette Radiology, based in Lafayette, Indiana, has tapped McKesson Business Performance Services to provide a full range of revenue cycle management services, including ICD-10 education and support. Services will include documentation training, coding, claims management, denial management, compliance and business intelligence reporting.
February 1, 2016
08:06 EDTATHNathenahealth names Prakash Khot as Chief Technology Officer, effective Jan. 25
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January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTUNHEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
January 28, 2016
06:24 EDTUNHAnthem added to Focus List at Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe added Anthem (ANTM) to his firm's Focus List. As Anthem and Express Scripts (ESRX) continue to negotiate their pharmacy benefits manager contract, the analyst sees UnitedHealth (UNH) as a potential alternative for Anthem. Regardless of the outcome, Anthem is in the "driver's seat for significant savings/upside," which is not reflected in the stock. Giacobbe tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $172 price target.
January 27, 2016
16:18 EDTMCKMcKesson sees FY17 adjusted EPS to grow 7%--12% excluding items
McKesson expects growth in adjusted EPS for FY17 to be between 3% and 8%, as reported, and between 7% and 12%, excluding 48c of gains on the disposition of two businesses and favorable discrete tax items in FY16.
16:17 EDTMCKMcKesson backs FY16 adjusted EPS $12.60-$12.90, consensus $12.77
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16:16 EDTMCKMcKesson reports Q3 adjusted EPS $3.18, consensus $3.13
Reports Q3 revenue $47.9B, consensus $48.8B.
14:34 EDTMCKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
January 26, 2016
09:55 EDTATHN, VCRALeerink /healthcare tech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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January 25, 2016
15:24 EDTUNHExpress Scripts off highs after Clinton tweets critical NPR report
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08:23 EDTUNHLeerink sees 'strong' buying opportunity in Managed Care space
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