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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTDVA, WLP, WCG, ODP, SEE, MOH, CI, HUM, OMX, YNDX, RRGB, AET, UNH, SPLS, DGITOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the day’s lone domestic economic report, the National Association of Home Builders' reading on builder confidence, being a disappointment. With a light weekly data calendar and earnings season largely over except for a few big names, like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), AIG (AIG), and Wal-Mart (WMT) that report this week, the next catalyst may need to come from Washington. On the political front, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles proposed a new plan for tax code changes and spending cuts, while President Obama campaigned for compromise as Democrats and Republicans remain far apart as "the sequester" deadline approaches... 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 rose over 22% and Office Depot advanced nearly 15%, while their chief rival, Staples (SPLS), gained 11% after several research firms, including Citigroup and Jefferies, 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... Managed care stocks slid, led by Humana (HUM), after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced preliminary 2014 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates late Friday. Humana said it believes the preliminary base rates in the notice would result in a mid-single-digit decline in its benchmark payment rates and shares fell about 7%. A number of Humana's peers and other healthcare names fell also, including WellCare (WCG), UnitedHealth (UNH), Cigna (CI), Wellpoint (WLP), Aetna (AET) and DaVita (DVA)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), which rose 19% after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations. Also higher after its earnings report and guidance was Sealed Air (SEE), which jumped over 12%. Among the noteworthy losers was Digital Generation (DGIT), which fell 24% after the company reported its quarterly results and said its special committee concluded its review of strategic alternatives without recommending any transaction. Also lower after its earnings report were shares of Russian search engine company Yandex (YNDX), which declined nearly 12%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 52.13, or 0.37%, to 14,033.89; the Nasdaq was up 12.14, or 0.38%, to 3,204.17; and the S&P 500 was up 7.96, or 0.52%, to 1,527.75.
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December 11, 2014
05:50 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility movement; SPY ODP
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Standard and Poor's Depository Receipts (SPY) 16, Office Depot (ODP) 67 according to iVolatility.
December 10, 2014
17:04 EDTAETAetna sees FY15 operating EPS at least $6.90, consensus $7.17
Sees FY15 operating revenue at least $62B, consensus $61.68B. Guidance to be confirmed at investor conference in New York on December 11.
17:02 EDTAETAetna backs FY14 operating EPS $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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14:45 EDTWLP, HUM, UNH, CI, MOH, WCG, AETDeal would block payments to health insurance companies, The Hill says
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10:56 EDTHUMSaint Luke's enters into agreement with Humana
Saint Luke’s Health System and Humana announced an agreement through which Humana will offer a new health insurance plan to Missourians purchasing insurance through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as an exchange.
10:33 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:40 EDTSEEBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2014 U.S. Basic Materials Conference is being held in Boston on December 10-11.
05:53 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility movement; SPLS DISH
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December 9, 2014
14:22 EDTAETAetna updates clinical policy for H.P. Acthar Gel
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10:27 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:42 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with UBS
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06:40 EDTYNDXYandex to acquire Sovetnik, terms not disclosed, TechCrunch reports
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December 8, 2014
16:08 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare awarded contract to administer Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program
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10:00 EDTYNDXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:42 EDTYNDXYandex downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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December 5, 2014
09:41 EDTHUMHumana price target raised to $175 from $160 at Leerink
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08:01 EDTHUMWeight Watchers enters healthcare partnership with Humana
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06:58 EDTHUMHumana price target raised to $160 from $145 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Humana as the firm expects Medicare and Medicaid enrollment to remain strong in 2014-15. The firm thinks the company is well-positioned to benefit from this trend, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:21 EDTAETAetna to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on December 11 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
December 4, 2014
05:55 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD SPLS
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