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February 19, 2013
16:38 EDTDGIT, PVFC, SPLS, RRGB, BBY, ODP, YNDX, FNB, HUM, OMXOn 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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June 22, 2015
07:54 EDTHUMAnthem, Cigna deal likely to be consummated, says Leerink
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07:16 EDTHUMAnthem should be bought after Cigna offer, says Stifel
After Anthem, (ANTM) offered to buy Cigna (CI) and the latter company rejected the bid, Stifel estimates that the deal would have been 10% accretive for Anthem in the first year and 20% accretive in the second year. The firm thinks that accretion from the deal will probably be higher than expected. It also recommends buying Aetna (AET) as it believes that the Anthem offer suggests that Aetna will benefit more than expected from its own deal. The firm is cautious on Humana (HUM), saying that it may lose two potential buyers in Anthem and Cigna, while Humana may retreat if Aetna does not acquire the company quickly.
06:51 EDTHUMHealth insurer tie-ups could cut competition, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTHUMHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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June 21, 2015
16:03 EDTHUMAetna makes offer to acquire Humana, WSJ says
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTHUMStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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10:09 EDTHUMFly Watch: Supreme Court may release key ACA decision soon
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09:19 EDTSPLSStaples sees Office Depot deal completed by end of year
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09:18 EDTHUMHumana most likely target in Managed Care, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says Humana (HUM) is the most likely acquisition target in the Managed Care space, with Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) as the likely acquirers. The firm believes Anthem would benefit the most from the acquisition of Humana. It also thinks UnitedHealth (UNH) could look to acquire Aetna or Cigna. FBR thinks one or two more large deals in the space are possible.
08:20 EDTODP, SPLSOffice Depot shareholders approve acquisition by Staples
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07:37 EDTHUMSupreme Court decision on ACA suit due soon, says UBS
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June 18, 2015
11:31 EDTHUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:51 EDTHUMIncrease in 3R backstop most positive for Humana, says Leerink
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07:32 EDTSPLSStaples Advantage Canada announces partnership with Ital Florist
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June 17, 2015
17:29 EDTFNBF.N.B. releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
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13:00 EDTHUMHumana announces collaboration with American Diabetes Association
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11:08 EDTHUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:48 EDTHUMHealth insurers seen consolidating from five to three in 'megadeals,' WSJ says
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07:42 EDTHUMAetna price target raised to $145 from $135 at Leerink
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06:04 EDTHUMHumana implied volatility of 49 at upper end of index
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