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February 19, 2013
09:13 EDTPERY, BBY, AET, HUM, ODP, ESRX, MRGE, CI, SPLS, AEO, WLP, UNH, OMXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Office Depot (ODP), up 28.8%, OfficeMax (OMX), up 22.3%, after WSJ says companies in advanced talks to merge. Rival Staples (SPLS) also up 14.8% after report... Merge Healthcare (MRGE), up 8.1% after quarterly report, concluding evaluation of strategic alternatives... Best Buy (BBY), up 4.8% after upgrades at Stifel Nicolaus, Barclays... American Eagle (AEO), up 3.4% following postive Barron's mention... LOWER: Humana (HUM), down 9.1% Unitedhealth (UNH), down 4.9%, Cigna (CI), down 4.7%, Aetna (AET), down 3%, Wellpoint (WLP), down 2.7%, after Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes policies to lower Medicare drug costs... UP AFTER EARNINGS: Express Scripts (ESRX), up 4.1%... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Perry Ellis (PERY), down 7.5%.
News For ODP;OMX;SPLS;HUM;UNH;CI;AET;WLP;MRGE;BBY;AEO;ESRX;PERY From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTBBYWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
18:21 EDTCIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
12:32 EDTCIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:05 EDTCIHigh option volume stocks
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09:13 EDTCI, MRGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTCIAnthem to pay $188 per share for Cigna, CNBC's Faber reports
Anthem (ANTM) is said to announce a deal tomorrow morning to acquire Cigna (CI) for $188 per share, with 55% in cash and 45% in stock, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Reference Link
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06:15 EDTMRGEMerge Healthcare reports Q2 adjusted EPS 9c, consensus 6c
Reports Q2 revenue $65.6M, consensus $63.89M.
July 22, 2015
18:53 EDTCIAnthem nears agreement to buy Cigna for $187 per share, WSJ says
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18:30 EDTCICigna up 7% following DJ report that Anthem nearing deal to acquire company
18:24 EDTCIAnthem nears deal to buy Cigna for around $187 per share, DJ says
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11:37 EDTPERYPerry Ellis repeats FY16 adjusted EPS view $1.68-$1.75, consensus $1.73
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10:01 EDTPERYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:43 EDTAETAetna positioned to report good Q2 results, says BMO Capital
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05:22 EDTESRXStocks with implied volatility movement; LOCK ESRX
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05:19 EDTPERYPerry Ellis initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
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July 21, 2015
12:39 EDTESRXCiti analyzes a potential Express Scripts takeout by Walgreens Boots Alliance
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July 20, 2015
10:17 EDTSPLSHigh option volume stocks
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10:05 EDTHUMHumana renews, lengthens SilverSneakers pact with Healthways
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09:31 EDTBBYBest Buy store rationalization to be catalyst, says BB&T
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