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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTAET, UNH, SPLS, DGIT, DVA, WLP, WCG, ODP, SEE, MOH, CI, HUM, OMX, YNDX, RRGBOn 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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March 23, 2015
12:17 EDTHUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTHUMSelect Medical agrees to acquire Concentra through JV with Welsh Carson
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09:04 EDTHUMHumana to sell Concentra to Select Medical, Welsh Carson for $1.055B in cash
Humana (HUM) has reached a definitive agreement to sell the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Concentra, to MJ Acquisition Corporation, a joint venture between Select Medical Holdings Corporation (SEM), an operator of specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the U.S., and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XII, L.P., a private equity fund, for approximately $1.055B in cash, subject to customary adjustments. Humana acquired Concentra in December 2010. Subsequently, the assets of certain privately-operated Community Based Outpatient Clinics were transferred into Concentra. Additionally, Humana has divested certain Concentra non-core assets over the past four years. The decision to divest Concentra demonstrates the company’s commitment to its previously announced business portfolio review. Humana will continue performing its review of the alignment and return potential of businesses across the organization to ensure each supports the company’s integrated care delivery strategy and earns the appropriate return on invested capital. The Concentra transaction is anticipated to close during the second quarter of 2015 subject to Hart Scott Rodino regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions. Humana anticipates using the net proceeds from the transaction to advance its strategic growth priorities, to fund additional share repurchases under its existing $2 billion authorization and for general corporate purposes. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Humana. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is acting as legal advisor to Humana. Concentra reported revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were approximately $1B. Humana anticipates the Concentra divestiture will be slightly dilutive to 2015 EPS excluding any one-time gain expected upon the close of the transaction.
09:02 EDTHUMHumana reiterates FY15 EPS view $8.50-$9.00, concensus $8.87
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09:02 EDTHUMHumana to sell Concentra to Select Medical, Welsh Carson for $1.055B in cash
08:07 EDTDVABofA/Merrill healthcare high yield analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare High Yield Analyst Bland provides an update on the current state of the bond markets and the ability of healthcare providers to utilize debt financing on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 24 at 10 am.
06:37 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Staples (SPLS) to Buy based on favorable risk/reward and potential synergies and earnings growth from the Office Depot (ODP) acquisition. Price target raised to $20 from $18.
March 20, 2015
08:18 EDTHUM, MOH, CI, UNH, WCG, AETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
10:02 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:06 EDTOMX, ODPCiti Retail Services extends long term consumer relationship with Office Depot
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08:20 EDTAETAetna upgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee upgraded Aetna to Buy from Neutral. The firm says that the company is the best-positioned name within the large-cap health plan space , a defensive sector that has little exposure to Europe and reasonable growth prospects, according to the firm.
06:19 EDTAETAetna upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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March 18, 2015
12:46 EDTAETAetna, HackensackAlliance ACO announce collaboration
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07:30 EDTDVADeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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March 17, 2015
09:00 EDTAETAetna management to meet with JPMorgan
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March 16, 2015
16:19 EDTRRGBRed Robin appoints Lee Dolan as Chief Marketing Officer
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16:17 EDTRRGBRed Robin promotes Denny Marie Post to Chief Concept Officer
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers announced the promotion of Denny Marie Post to executive vice president and Chief Concept Officer. Post joined Red Robin in August 2011 as senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer.
10:56 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare management to meet with Sterne Agee
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09:04 EDTHUMHumana announcse completion of $500M accelerated share repurchase program
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