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February 19, 2013
09:13 EDTSPLS, AEO, WLP, UNH, OMX, PERY, BBY, AET, HUM, ODP, ESRX, MRGE, CIOn 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%.
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April 17, 2014
10:56 EDTUNHUnitedHealth backs FY14 EPS, revenue guidance
UnitedHealth earlier backed its FY14 EPS view of $5.40-$5.60, consensus $5.59, and its FY14 revenue view of $128B-$129B, consensus $128.94B.
10:51 EDTUNH, AET, HUM, WLPHealth 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.
06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth:Q1 negatively impacted by ACA taxes, ACA provisions, sequestration
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 Medical Care Ratio 82.5%
Reports Q1 Optum revenue $11.2B
06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.10, consensus $1.09
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April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTUNHNotable 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.
12:01 EDTHUMHumana, Dignity Health sign agreement
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10:08 EDTUNH, WLP, HUM, AETUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated at 48 into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 48, June is at 22, September is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 17.
09:01 EDTWLPWellPoint names Martin Silverstein as Chief Strategy Officer, effective April 28
WellPoint announced Martin Silverstein, M.D., has been named chief strategy officer, effective April 28. In this role, Dr. Silverstein will oversee WellPoint’s enterprise marketing, corporate development and strategy functions, and will be responsible for short and long-term strategic planning to ensure the company is maximizing the value of its assets and capturing growth across its geographies and businesses. Silverstein joins WellPoint from The Boston Consulting Group where he was a Senior Partner and Managing Director.
05:39 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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April 15, 2014
11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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06:32 EDTCI, WLP, AET, UNH, HUMPatients 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
April 14, 2014
08:15 EDTSPLSStaples, 3D Systems announce partnership
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08:07 EDTSPLS3D Systems partners with Staples in New York, Los Angeles
3D Systems (DDD) announced a partnership with Staples (SPLS) in a pilot of 3D printing services in two Staples stores in New York City and Los Angeles. Each Staples store features an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware. Customers can also bring in their own 3D print-ready files to have them printed. Staples previously announced in May of 2013 that it would be the first major U.S. retailer to carry 3D printers, with the launch of the Cube from 3D Systems on Staples.com. The company has since rolled out 3D printing hardware and accessories in a limited number of stores, and expanded its overall product selection.
April 11, 2014
13:36 EDTAEOGap falls after experiencing sharp decline in March SSS
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10:05 EDTAETAetna, Tenet form accountable care collaboration in San Antonio
Aetna (AET), Tenet’s (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
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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15:56 EDTWLPWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
Wellcare (WCG) which has previously been speculated as a takeover target by analysts, is being studied as a target by Wellpoint (WLP), according to the Betaville blog, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Shares of WellCare, which have been lower throughout the session, briefly spiked following the blog post, but have returned to negative territory in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
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