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October 3, 2013
04:55 EDTNYX, NYX, YHOO, YHOO, FDP, FDP, INTC, INTC, AET, AET, TDC, TDC, ACXM, ACXM, CNO, CNO, HBAN, HBAN, GTI, GTI, LNC, LNCCorporate Board Member to host a summit
10th Annual Boardroom Summit is being held in New York on October 3-4.
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April 9, 2015
06:22 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI
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05:44 EDTINTCIntel sales, margins could bottom in March quarter, says Wells Fargo
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April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTINTCAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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09:02 EDTACXMAcxiom selected by Pregis to manage IT environment
AcxiomIT , a provider of infrastructure management services, announced that it has been selected by Pregis, a provider of innovative protective packaging materials and systems, to manage the IT environments that support Pregis’ critical business applications. Under the agreement AcxiomIT will host all of Pregis’ critical applications on Acxiom’s private cloud and providing additional services such as storage and backup, disaster recovery and helpdesk.
09:00 EDTYHOOYahoo says bringing mobile audience targeting to native advertisers
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06:34 EDTYHOOYahoo, Tumblr may undergo significant changes, The Information says
Yahoo is preparing to make significant organizational changes that may alter Tumblr's product management team and end Tumblr's status as a standalone unit, according to The Information. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
12:15 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end historic range
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10:47 EDTTDCCitrix could be targeted after Informatica deal, says Stifel
Stifel views Citrix (CTXS) as an "interesting name" for the rest of the year and thinks activist investors could get involved if the company's turnaround does not progress quickly enough. The firm calculates that, using a similar take out multiple to what is being paid for peer Informatica (INFA), equates to a $110 price for Citrix. The firm also believes Teradata (TDC) could be viewed as a potential takeout candidate after the deal for Informatica, noting that a takeout premium in line with Informatica’s would yield a price of about $55 per share for Teradata. Stifel has a Buy rating on Citrix and Hold rating on Teradata.
10:43 EDTTDCInformatica rises after agreeing to be taken private for $48.75 per share
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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.
09:57 EDTINTCAltera negotiations with Intel continue, says dealReporter
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09:26 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares reinstated with a Buy at Hilliard Lyons
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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
19:42 EDTYHOOSurvey of iPhone, iPad users indicates preference for Google search, BI says
48% of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users report that if Yahoo (YHOO) were to acquire default search engine rights for Apple's Safari browser, they would manually switch the default search back to Google (GOOG), reports Business Insider, citing a survey of roughly 500 Apple users by Goldman Sachs tech analysts. 4% of the surveyed users stated they would intentionally keep Yahoo as the default. Reference Link
17:01 EDTINTCIntel to change financial reporting structure
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10:39 EDTINTCQualcomm falls amid uncertainty about content in flagship Samsung phone
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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.
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