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February 19, 2013
12:09 EDTDGIT, DVA, WLP, WCG, ODP, SEE, MOH, CI, HUM, OMX, YNDX, RRGB, AET, UNH, SPLSOn 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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September 1, 2015
09:05 EDTUNHInsperity, UnitedHealthcare extend contract through 2019
Insperity (NSP) announced that it has extended its arrangement for medical and dental coverage through 2019 with UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (UNH) company. This arrangement reflects the dedication of both companies to offer the best health care and health care reform solutions in the marketplace. Insperity has partnered with UnitedHealthcare as its leading health insurance carrier since January 2002. The majority of Insperity's corporate and worksite employees have health coverage with UnitedHealthcare.
August 31, 2015
05:36 EDTDVADaVita to form kidney care specialty hospital chain in China
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita, announced it is forming a joint venture kidney care specialty hospital chain in Shandong province China. The agreement establishes DaVita Kidney Disease Hospital, a first-of-its-kind renal dialysis joint venture between a multinational health care provider and the private sector in China.
August 30, 2015
14:34 EDTSPLSPayPal shares could gain 40% as e-commerce grows, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
16:53 EDTSPLS, ODPStaples, Office Depot certify substantial compliance with Second Request
Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP) announced that they have certified substantial compliance with the Request for Additional Information from the United States Federal Trade Commission regarding the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot. Additionally, Staples and Office Depot have entered into a timing agreement with the FTC pursuant to which Staples and Office Depot have agreed not to close the proposed merger until at least forty-five full calendar days after each company has certified substantial compliance with the Second Request. "We are pleased to have completed our submission of documents and information to the FTC in connection with the Second Request," said Ron Sargent, chairman and chief executive officer, Staples. "We will continue to work closely with the FTC, and we look forward to completing the transaction."
11:04 EDTCIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 27, 2015
12:01 EDTSPLSStocks with call strike movement; APA SPLS
Apache (APA) December 15 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 42, Staples (SPLS) December 15 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 42 according to iVolatility.
August 26, 2015
12:02 EDTAETAetna, MemorialCare announce accountable care collaboration in California
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08:04 EDTUNHHCA Holdings UnitedHealth weakness creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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August 25, 2015
13:51 EDTDVAU.S. Renal Care, DSI Renal announce merger agreement
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09:12 EDTRRGBRed Robin management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles/San Francisco September 1-2 hosted by Jefferies.
August 24, 2015
18:02 EDTUNHS&P 500 enters correction territory amid global growth concerns
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06:14 EDTDVADaVita to acquire Renal Ventures for $415M
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August 21, 2015
08:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth has reached attractive entry point, says BMO Capital
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August 19, 2015
13:30 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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06:03 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q3 non-GAAP EPS 33c-36c, consensus 36c
Sees Q3 revenue to decrease compared to 3Q14, consensus $5.73B. The company's guidance reflects a sequential increase in the unfavorable impact of the stronger U.S. dollar on sales and earnings. The company's earnings guidance excludes any potential impact related to restructuring and other related activities or costs related to the company's planned acquisition of Office Depot. For the full year 2015, the company expects to generate more than $600 million of free cash flow.
06:02 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 North American stores and online sales $2.11B
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06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 12c, consensus 12c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.94B, consensus $4.96B

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