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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTSEE, MOH, CI, HUM, OMX, YNDX, RRGB, AET, UNH, SPLS, DGIT, DVA, WLP, WCG, ODPOn 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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February 23, 2015
07:46 EDTSEEJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 23 at 8:20 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
February 20, 2015
08:51 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare estimates raised above Street at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee raised its 2015 EPS estimate for Molina to $3 from $2.13 and increased its 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $4 from $2.95. The firm thinks the company's medical cost results will be better than its current guidance.
08:41 EDTAET, UNH, CIInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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07:20 EDTSPLSWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
February 19, 2015
16:32 EDTSEESealed Air annonces five-year contract with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Sealed Air announced that its Diversey Care division signed a five-year global contract with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing hotel companies. This global contract represents a significant expansion from the previous 4-year Europe, Middle East and Africa, or EMEA, contract and includes Diversey Care’s full suite of innovate products and services designed to meet Carlson Rezidor’s commitment to sustainability and high level of customer satisfaction. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 105 countries and territories, and a powerful set of global brands.
10:42 EDTHUMHumana discloses DoJ Civil Division request for information
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09:07 EDTYNDXYandex Q4 results not as bad as feared, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Yandex had a difficult Q4, but says that the results were not as bad as feared on a constant currency basis. The firm thinks that Yandex will be well-positioned to benefit when Russia rebounds. It cut its price target on the stock to $23 from $35 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
February 18, 2015
09:10 EDTYNDXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:04 EDTYNDXYandex says guidance limited to quarter due to 'high level of uncertainty'
Yandex said its current outlook is limited to quarterly guidance because of the high level of uncertainty in the current macroeconomic situation. CEO Arkady Volozh said, "The company performed well in the fourth quarter and demonstrated another full year of excellent results, despite the difficult macroeconomic environment. We continue to develop our existing services and products as well as new business models, such as the recently launched Yandex Data Factory. Although we face challenging economic headwinds, including substantial currency fluctuations, we are managing Yandex for the long term. We will continue to improve monetization, pursue cost efficiencies in our core business and manage our forex exposure, while investing into critical growth areas such as mobile and advertising technologies."
09:02 EDTYNDXYandex sees Q1 revenue to grow about 15%
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08:21 EDTWCGWellCare price target raised to $105 from $95 at Leerink
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07:57 EDTCICigna management to meet with UBS
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Bloomfield, CT on February 18 hosted by UBS.
07:48 EDTYNDXYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:29 EDTWCGWellCare management team has improved, says Stifel
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06:56 EDTUNH, WLP, CI, AET, HUM, MOH, WCGObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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06:11 EDTYNDXYandex reports Q4 adjusted net income RUR 3.52B
Reports Q4 revenue RUR 14.7B, consensus RUR 14.74B. Reports Q4 income from operations of RUR 4.5B; Reports Q4 adjusted EBITDA of RUR 6.1B.
February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTAETPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:29 EDTDVABerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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15:32 EDTYNDXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:23 EDTYNDXYandex volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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