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February 19, 2013
16:38 EDTYNDX, FNB, HUM, OMX, DGIT, PVFC, SPLS, RRGB, BBY, ODPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite a home builders confidence reading that fell a bit short of expectations. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles proposed a new plan for deficit reduction via tax codes changes and spending cuts with the "sequester" deadline now less than two weeks away. In spite of the political tension and looming threat, the Dow and S&P remain at multi-year highs and near their all-time highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB Housing Market Index reading of 46.0 fell short of the forecast for a reading of 48.0. In Europe, the ZEW institute's index of German investor optimism rose to 48.2 points from 31.5 in January, beating analysts' expectations... COMPANY NEWS: OfficeMax (OMX) and Office Depot (ODP) both surged after the The Wall Street Journal said the companies are in advanced talks to merge. OfficeMax gained $2.25, or 20.93%, to $13.00, while shares of Office Depot gained 43c, or 9.37%, to $5.02. Their rival Staples (SPLS) also gained $1.70, or 13.13%, to $14.65 after several research firms predicted that the company would benefit significantly if such a merger goes through and as "going private" chatter about the office retailer continues to circulate... Humana (HUM) plunged $4.98, or 6.39%, to $73.01, bearing the brunt of a decline in managed healthcare stocks after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced preliminary 2014 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates. Humana said it believes the preliminary base rates in the notice would result in a mid-single-digit decline in its benchmark payment rates, while the company added that it previously expressed confidence in membership and earnings growth while assuming the Medicare Advantage payment rate would be flat to slightly down... Best Buy (BBY) shares gained 46c, or 2.73%, to $17.33 following upgrades from Stifel Nicolaus and Barclays and a Bloomberg report that said the company would make its holiday price-matching policy permanent, effective March 3... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PVF Capital (PVFC), which rose $1.33, or 52.78%, to $3.85 after agreeing to be acquired by F.N.B Corp (FNB) for $3.98 per share. Also higher was Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), up $6.88, or 18.88%, to $43.33 after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Digital Generation (DGIT), down $2.52, or 28.06%, to $6.46 after the company reported its quarterly results and said its special committee concluded its review of strategic alternatives without recommending any transaction. Also lower were shares of Russian search engine company Yandex (YNDX), down $2.58, or 10.08%, to $23.01 after the company's Q4 report... INDICES: The Dow was up 53.91, or 0.39%, to 14,035.67; the Nasdaq was up 21.56, or 0.68%, to 3,213.59; and the S&P 500 was up 11.15, or 0.73%, to 1,530.94.
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April 17, 2014
16:31 EDTYNDXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:10 EDTYNDXRussian companies advance after Ukraine deal unveiled
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10:51 EDTHUMHealth 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.
07:45 EDTYNDXYandex volatility elevated, shares near nine-month low into Q1
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April 16, 2014
13:03 EDTYNDXYandex initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research
Target $36.
12:01 EDTHUMHumana, Dignity Health sign agreement
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10:08 EDTHUMUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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April 15, 2014
11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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06:32 EDTHUMPatients 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 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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April 9, 2014
13:19 EDTYNDXYandex volatility increases as shares near nine-month low into Q1
Yandex 4/25/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, May is at 55, August is at 51; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 24.
April 8, 2014
11:41 EDTODPUnited Stationers down after Genuine Parts unit wins Office Depot contract
Shares of United Stationers (USTR) are moving lower after Office Products International, a publication for the office products industry, reported yesterday that S.P. Richards confirmed it won the first-call wholesale business for Office Depot (ODP) in the U.S. United Stationers and S.P. Richards, a unit of Genuine Parts (GPC), are both suppliers to Office Depot. Shares of United Stationers are down 4% to $38.08 in morning trading. Shares of Genuine Parts are up 1% to $85.63.
11:02 EDTHUMHumana now sees 2015 CMS Medicare Advantage funding decline of 3%
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10:18 EDTHUMCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTHUMLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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09:00 EDTFNBF.N.B. and OBA Financial sign definitive merger agreement
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTHUMCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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06:33 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
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