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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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January 21, 2015
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: ACA negatively impacted FY earnings by $1.00 per share
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY15 EPS $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.17
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q4 EPS $1.55, consensus $1.50
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:06 EDTCICitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTCIGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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13:09 EDTODP, SPLSSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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12:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:47 EDTODP, SPLSStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTODP, SPLSStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTSPLS, ODPActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTODP, SPLSStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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January 19, 2015
16:17 EDTYNDXYandex downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTAETGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTAETAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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10:47 EDTCI, UNH, DVA, HUM, AETBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
January 15, 2015
13:10 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:30 EDTSPLSStaples announces board changes, CEO turns down raise to base salary
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08:31 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, ProHEALTH announce new collaboration agreement
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