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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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April 21, 2015
09:02 EDTHUMHumana at Home acquires Your Home Advantage, terms not disclosed
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April 20, 2015
11:01 EDTSPLSStaples to acquire Accolade Promotion Group, terms not disclosed
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09:18 EDTYNDXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS), up 2.1%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), up 1.3%... Check Point Software (CHKP), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Genetic Technologies (GENE), up 28.2% after additional health centers to offer BREVAGenplus... Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL), up 16.2% following solar module supply agreement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... Provectus (PVCT), up 6.7% after receiving notice of allowance for PV-10 combined with other drugs. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 6.1%... FARO (FARO), down 16.4%. ALSO LOWER: Yandex (YNDX), down after Barron's recommends that investors take some profits... Carnival (CCL), down 2% after Royal Caribbean reported quarterly results.
09:15 EDTYNDXTake some profits in Yandex, Barron's says
Yandex shares are up 16% this year and investors should consider taking some profits, Barron's argues in its 'Emerging Markets' column. Reference Link
April 16, 2015
12:37 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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07:19 EDTUNHOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth added 1.6M more people domestically in the past year
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06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Optum revenue $12.8B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 medical care ratio down 140 basis points to 81.1%
The first quarter operating cost ratio of 16.6% increased 20 basis points year-over-year due to higher growth in services businesses. The first quarter tax rate of 43.3% increased 130 basis points year-over-year due to higher levels of nondeductible ACA fees. First quarter days sales outstanding of 13 days increased 1 day year-over-year, due to higher growth in government programs. Days claims payable was flat year-over-year at 47 days.
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says Catamaran combination to contribute 30c to 2016 earnings
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.15-$6.30 from $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.21
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.46, consensus $1.35
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April 15, 2015
14:46 EDTUNHUnitedHealth technical notes before earnings
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14:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 58, May is at 26, June is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
11:51 EDTUNHExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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10:01 EDTDVADaVita sees taking $250M reserve for Vanier litigation
In a regulatory filing yesterday related to a bond offering, DaVita noted it has received subpoenas or other requests for documents from the federal government in connection with the Vainer private civil suit, the Swoben private civil suit, the 2011 U.S. Attorney Medicaid investigation, the 2015 U.S. Attorney Transportation Investigation and the JSA investigation. In each of the Vainer and Swoben private civil suits, a relator filed a complaint against the company in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and pursued the claims independently after the government declined to intervene. With regard to the Vanier private civil suit, the parties are engaged in active litigation. The parties in that suit completed discovery in early 2014; however, in August 2014, the court granted relators’ motion for sanctions and reopened discovery on a limited basis. The court in Vainer is considering the plaintiffs’ request for further sanctions, which could result in a range of outcomes from no other sanctions to plaintiffs’ request to strike our answer. Certain of these sanctions could materially adversely impact the company's ability to defend the case, DaVita said. "While we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this case, if the case is resolved in favor of the plaintiffs, its resolution could have a material adverse effect on our earnings and cash flows. We recently commenced settlement discussions with the plaintiffs in Vainer." The company said it expects to accrue an estimated loss contingency reserve of $250M related to this matter. "Negotiations are ongoing and we can make no assurances as to whether the Vainer suit will settle and, if it does settle, whether it will settle for an amount higher than the current reserve," DaVita added. With regard to the Swoben private civil suit, in July 2013, the court granted HCP’s motion and dismissed with prejudice all of the claims in the Third Amended Complaint, and in October 2013 the plaintiff filed an appeal of the dismissal, which is currently pending.
10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:31 EDTSEESealed Air acquires assets from Intellibot Robotics, terms not disclosed
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07:00 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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April 14, 2015
12:13 EDTDVADaVita announces $725.94M repurchase program
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