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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTOMX, DGIT, SEE, RRGB, DVA, MOH, AET, WLP, CI, UNH, WCG, HUM, SPLS, ODP, YNDXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the dayís 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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July 22, 2014
10:43 EDTWLP, CI, HUM, MOH, AET, UNH, WCGAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
06:29 EDTYNDXEU weighing new sanctions on Russia, NY Times says
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July 21, 2014
11:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, Banner Health Network announce collaboration
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10:02 EDTDVAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:43 EDTDVADaVita downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTUNHMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:05 EDTDVADaVita says CEO of HealthCare Partners subsidiary to step down
DaVita HealthCare Partners announced that HealthCare Partners, or HCP, president and CEO Dr. Craig Samitt is stepping down from HCP effective August 1. Kent Thiry, co-chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners, will take over the role of CEO of HCP, working in tandem with the office of Chief Medical Officer.
12:05 EDTYNDXStocks with call strike movement; FB YNDX
Facebook (FB) January 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 36, Yandex (YNDX) January 37 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 36 according to IVolatility.
08:45 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $94 from $84 at Oppenheimer
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects improving environment in 2016 and beyond
Expects to expand up to two dozen state exchanges in 2014. Project 6% commercial medical cost trend for 2016, with costs in line with company's plan and remains moderate. Expects margins to reach 7% this year, in line with original forecast. Expects Optum revenue to accelerate in 2H14, and particularly in Q4. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
07:00 EDTDVAFresenius Medical shares should be bought, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that Fresenius' (FMS) stock has sharply underperformed versus its competitor, DaVita (DVA), since May 2012. But the firm predicts that Fresenius' core U.S. business should outperform that of DaVita going forward. Bernstein adds that it finds Fresenius' business units aside from its U.S. dialysis clinics more attractive than DaVita's businesses other than its U.S. dialysis clinics.
06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $11.7B
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises low end of FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.60 from $5.40-$5.60
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.26
Reports Q2 revenue $32.57B, consensus $32B
July 16, 2014
15:27 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth July 84 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
July 15, 2014
08:32 EDTRRGBRed Robin completes acquisition of 32 franchised restaurants for $40M
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06:32 EDTSPLSStaples, USPS cease in-store mini-post office program, Reuters says
After several protests outside of its stores, Staples said it is set to end a pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to set up mini-post offices in the firm's retail locations, according to Reuters, citing comments from spokeswomen representing Staples and the USPS. Reference Link
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