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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.
News For OMX;ODP;SPLS;HUM;WCG;UNH;CI;WLP;AET;MOH;DVA;RRGB;SEE;DGIT;YNDX From The Last 14 Days
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May 19, 2015
10:14 EDTRRGBHigh option volume stocks
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08:32 EDTRRGBRed Robin sees FY15 revenue growth 12%-12.5%
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08:31 EDTRRGBRed Robin reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus 88c
Reports Q1 revenue $394.9M, consensus $395.47M. Comparable restaurant revenue increased 3.1% over the same period a year ago. Restaurant-level operating profit, as a percent of restaurant revenue, increased to 23.0% from 22.4% in the same period a year ago benefiting approximately 80 basis points from lower health care and workers compensation costs
07:35 EDTSEESealed Air announces price increases for European Product Care, Food Care
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07:18 EDTSPLSStaples May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 18, 2015
15:00 EDTRRGBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:33 EDTAETAetna repeats FY15 operating EPS view $7.20-$7.40, consensus $7.38
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May 15, 2015
16:51 EDTAETGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:07 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare to acquire certain Michigan assets of HealthPlus
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11:08 EDTHUMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:32 EDTWCGWellCare valuation compelling after selloff, says Leerink
Leerink views the valuation of WellCare shares as compelling following the company's "solid" Q1 results. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock with a $105 price target.
07:19 EDTRRGBRed Robin volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Red Robin June call option implied volatility is at 43, June is at 71, September is at 37; compared to its 90-average of 42, suggesting large near term price movement in to the expected release of Q1 results on May 19.
05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 14, 2015
07:33 EDTUNHUnitedHealth would consider Optum spinoff if benefits erode, says UBS
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May 13, 2015
11:22 EDTHUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:18 EDTAET, CI, HUMAnalyst says sell Humana amid 'wishful' takeover speculation
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10:01 EDTHUMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:12 EDTCI, HUMHumana downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
Sterne Agee CRT analyst Brian Wright downgraded Humana (HUM) to Underperform saying speculation about a takeover is "wishful thinking" at current share levels. The stock rallied 4% yesterday after Leerink told investors that Aetna (AET) may acquire Humana or Cigna (CI) in the near-term. Wright also sees "material" risk to Humana's earnings guidance risk with paid claims outpacing premium growth. He lowered his price target for shares to $150 from $165. Humana shares closed yesterday up $6.76 to $173.38.
05:25 EDTSPLSStaples announces partnerships with Bidvest Waltons, Dacris
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