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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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March 24, 2015
08:49 EDTHUMHumana price target raised to $193 from $167 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Humana (HUM) to reflect the company's sale of Concentra to Select Medical (SEM) and Welsh Carson for $1.055B. The firm says that the deal is likely to be supportive of Humana's earnings growth over the longer term. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:43 EDTHUMDaVita subpoenas have mixed outcomes, says William Blair
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07:41 EDTHUMHumana received DOJ request for information on Medicare
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07:28 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with UBS
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07:27 EDTBBYTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 23, 2015
12:17 EDTHUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTHUMSelect Medical agrees to acquire Concentra through JV with Welsh Carson
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09:04 EDTHUMHumana to sell Concentra to Select Medical, Welsh Carson for $1.055B in cash
Humana (HUM) has reached a definitive agreement to sell the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Concentra, to MJ Acquisition Corporation, a joint venture between Select Medical Holdings Corporation (SEM), an operator of specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the U.S., and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XII, L.P., a private equity fund, for approximately $1.055B in cash, subject to customary adjustments. Humana acquired Concentra in December 2010. Subsequently, the assets of certain privately-operated Community Based Outpatient Clinics were transferred into Concentra. Additionally, Humana has divested certain Concentra non-core assets over the past four years. The decision to divest Concentra demonstrates the company’s commitment to its previously announced business portfolio review. Humana will continue performing its review of the alignment and return potential of businesses across the organization to ensure each supports the company’s integrated care delivery strategy and earns the appropriate return on invested capital. The Concentra transaction is anticipated to close during the second quarter of 2015 subject to Hart Scott Rodino regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions. Humana anticipates using the net proceeds from the transaction to advance its strategic growth priorities, to fund additional share repurchases under its existing $2 billion authorization and for general corporate purposes. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Humana. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is acting as legal advisor to Humana. Concentra reported revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were approximately $1B. Humana anticipates the Concentra divestiture will be slightly dilutive to 2015 EPS excluding any one-time gain expected upon the close of the transaction.
09:02 EDTHUMHumana reiterates FY15 EPS view $8.50-$9.00, concensus $8.87
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09:02 EDTHUMHumana to sell Concentra to Select Medical, Welsh Carson for $1.055B in cash
06:37 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Staples (SPLS) to Buy based on favorable risk/reward and potential synergies and earnings growth from the Office Depot (ODP) acquisition. Price target raised to $20 from $18.
March 20, 2015
08:18 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
09:06 EDTOMX, ODPCiti Retail Services extends long term consumer relationship with Office Depot
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March 17, 2015
10:59 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on activist investor speculation
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10:54 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on activist investor speculation
Shares of Best Buy are moving higher amid speculation Carl Icahn may have acquired a stake in the company.
09:05 EDTBBYMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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March 16, 2015
16:19 EDTRRGBRed Robin appoints Lee Dolan as Chief Marketing Officer
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16:17 EDTRRGBRed Robin promotes Denny Marie Post to Chief Concept Officer
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers announced the promotion of Denny Marie Post to executive vice president and Chief Concept Officer. Post joined Red Robin in August 2011 as senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer.
09:04 EDTHUMHumana announcse completion of $500M accelerated share repurchase program
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