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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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April 16, 2015
06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Optum revenue $12.8B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 medical care ratio down 140 basis points to 81.1%
The first quarter operating cost ratio of 16.6% increased 20 basis points year-over-year due to higher growth in services businesses. The first quarter tax rate of 43.3% increased 130 basis points year-over-year due to higher levels of nondeductible ACA fees. First quarter days sales outstanding of 13 days increased 1 day year-over-year, due to higher growth in government programs. Days claims payable was flat year-over-year at 47 days.
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says Catamaran combination to contribute 30c to 2016 earnings
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.15-$6.30 from $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.21
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.46, consensus $1.35
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April 15, 2015
14:46 EDTUNHUnitedHealth technical notes before earnings
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14:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 58, May is at 26, June is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
11:51 EDTESRX, UNHExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:00 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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06:56 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $20.
April 13, 2015
16:07 EDTBBYBest Buy chairman retiring June 9, CEO Joly to take on chairman role
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11:28 EDTSPLS, ODPStarboard CEO says Staples, Office Depot merger 'likely to go through'
Says confident the potential merger will pass anti-trust scrutiny. Jeff Smith is speaking on CNBC.
10:58 EDTAET, CI, UNH, HUMCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:33 EDTCI, UNH, AET, HUMJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
07:31 EDTMRGEHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
07:29 EDTMRGELeerink to hold booth tours at HIMSS
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07:03 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded UnitedHealth to Buy saying the company's outlook continues to improve. It believes headwinds are turning to tailwinds in UNH's Medicare Advantage business and raised its price target for shares to $141 from $106.
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