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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTYNDX, RRGB, AET, UNH, SPLS, DGIT, DVA, WLP, WCG, ODP, SEE, MOH, CI, HUM, OMXOn 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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June 19, 2015
09:19 EDTSPLSStaples sees Office Depot deal completed by end of year
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09:18 EDTAET, HUM, CIHumana 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 EDTSPLS, ODPOffice Depot shareholders approve acquisition by Staples
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07:37 EDTUNH, HUM, AET, CISupreme Court decision on ACA suit due soon, says UBS
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06:11 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
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June 18, 2015
11:31 EDTUNH, CI, HUM, AETOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:51 EDTAET, CI, MOH, HUMIncrease in 3R backstop most positive for Humana, says Leerink
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07:38 EDTAETLeerink to hold a roundtable
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07:32 EDTSPLSStaples Advantage Canada announces partnership with Ital Florist
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06:08 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
05:57 EDTUNHStocks with implied volatility movement; UNH JD
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June 17, 2015
13:00 EDTHUMHumana announces collaboration with American Diabetes Association
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11:08 EDTCI, AET, HUM, UNHOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMOHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Astec (ASTE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Community Healthcare (CHCT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with a Buy ahead of IPO at Dougherty... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... II-VI (IIVI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Molina Healthcare (MOH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Pacific DataVision (PDVW) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Quest Resource (QRHC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Regional Management (RM) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... Salesforce (CRM) initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... Tesco (TSCDY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... WM Morrison (MRWSY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... WWE (WWE) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust.
07:48 EDTAET, CI, UNH, HUMHealth insurers seen consolidating from five to three in 'megadeals,' WSJ says
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07:42 EDTAET, CI, HUM, UNHAetna price target raised to $145 from $135 at Leerink
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07:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth growth set to accelerate, says Wells Fargo
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07:16 EDTCICigna added to Most Preferred List, target raised to $175 at UBS
UBS added Cigna to its Most Preferred List and said the shares are attractive from both an operating and a consolidation perspective. The firm believes the risk/reward is attractive at current levels and applied a 30% probability of a buyout. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $175 from $149 on Cigna shares.
06:04 EDTHUMHumana implied volatility of 49 at upper end of index
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05:35 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare initiated with a Buy at UBS
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