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December 18, 2012
18:48 EDTHNT, AIR, KCG, EGN, BTH, APOG, SYMM, RMCF, ORCLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Oracle (ORCL), up 1.5%... Apogee Enterprises (APOG), up 1.6%... ALSO HIGHER: Knight Capital (KCG), up 4% after reports the company would seek a merger with Getco... Rocky Mountain Chocolate (RMCF), up 22% after disclosing the receipt of a takeover bid from PST Capital for $13.50 per share... Blyth (BTH), up 9.8% after announcing new agreement with ViSalus... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AAR Corp. (AIR), down 0.5%... DOWN AFTER GUIDANCE: Symmetricom (SYMM), down 10% after lowering Q2 revenue, EPS view... Energen (EGN), down 4.5% after lowering FY12, FY13 EPS views.. HealthNet (HNT), down 1.5% after lowering FY13 EPS, revenue view.
News For ORCL;APOG;KCG;RMCF;BTH;AIR;SYMM;EGN;HNT From The Last 14 Days
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May 29, 2015
13:50 EDTHNTHumana surges after report says sale being explored
Shares of health insurer Humana (HUM) are surging in afternoon trading after a report claimed the company is exploring a potential sale after receiving indications of takeover interest. WHAT'S NEW: The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that Humana has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to help it explore a potential sale after receiving indications of interest. Some of the Journal's sources reportedly said Aetna (AET) and Cigna (CI) are among possible bidders. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After meeting with Aetna's (AET) management, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte wrote in a note to investors on May 12 that consolidation in the industry remains likely, adding that a deal between Aetna and either Cigna or Humana were both "meaningfully accretive" and "imminent" possibilities. The next day, Sterne Agee analyst Brian Wright said Humana was unlikely to be acquired with its stock where it has recently been trading. Wright, who added that speculation about a takeover is "wishful thinking," downgraded Humana shares to Underperform, the firm's sell equivalent rating, and cut his price target on the stock to $150 from $165. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Health Net (HNT), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Humana jumped 17.33% to $209.33, Aetna rose 2.1% to $118.84 and Cigna gained 4.45% to $141.91.
May 28, 2015
11:17 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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05:53 EDTORCLObama administration urges justices not to hear Google-Oracle case, WSJ says
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May 27, 2015
14:47 EDTORCLAnalysts debate Workday after post-earnings selloff
Last night's results and guidance from Workday (WDAY) prompted a selloff in the stock a several cautious notes from research firms. However, multiple analysts remain bullish on the company and see strong prospects hidden behind the "relatively conservative" guidance. WHAT'S NEW: After the market close on Tuesday, Workday reported first quarter losses per share of (2c) on revenues of $251M, both of which beat consensus estimates. However, the company's second quarter revenue guidance of $270M-$274M bracketed the consensus forecast of about $272M. ANALYST REACTIONS: Brean Capital's Sarah Hindlian noted that traders were likely disappointed by the lack of major client announcements for Workday's FMS product, but said she believes FMS will be successful in the long term. Hindlian added that she expects Workday to become a "clear winner" eventually, but warned of a significant correction in the stock and noted that "significant" R&D spending is required before the company can capture the full market and she reiterates a Hold rating on the stock. Jefferies' John DiFucci and Brad Zelnick were less hopeful, saying the company's 31% billings growth versus 69% last year reflects "very aggressive" competition from Oracle (ORCL) and SAP (SAP), which could signal lessened momentum for Workday. The firm believes renewals may be a bright spot for the company going forward, but kept a Hold rating on the stock and cut its price target to $92 from $99 on the shares. Wells Fargo's Jason Maynard said the company's "relatively conservative" guidance is likely due to some lag in large deal signings as well as a relatively slow acceleration in Europe. The firm lowered its price target to $105-$110 from $110-$120, but remained optimistic on Workday, citing "extremely strong" renewals, new client wins in human capital management, and a maturing financial product. Richard Davis and David Hynes from Canaccord lowered Workday's price target to $100 from $110, but nevertheless said they believe the company faces a "decade of growth." The firm was not surprised at the recent selloff and recommended using weakness in the stock price to fill out investment positions in Workday. PRICE ACTION: Workday is down over 10% to about $83 per share in afternoon trading. Oracle and SAP are up roughly 1.8% and 1%, respectively.
06:44 EDTHNTHealth Net to reaffirm FY guidance
Members of the management team of Health Net expect to meet with investors and analysts from time to time beginning on May 27 through and including June 9. Some of these meetings are expected to take place at (i) the Jefferies 2015 Healthcare Conference on June 2, where the company is also scheduled to give a presentation at approximately 11:30 a.m.; and (ii) the Goldman Sachs 36th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on June 9, where the company is also scheduled to give a presentation at approximately 11:00 a.m. During these presentations and meetings, the company intends to address its prospects and historical performance, and reaffirm the company’s earnings guidance for the full year 2015, as previously announced in a press release issued on May 4. On May 4, Health Net raised its FY15 combined EPS view to $3.25-$3.35 and maintained its FY15 GAAP EPS view of "at least" $2.70. Consensus is $3.34.
06:27 EDTORCLUS administration backs Oracle in Google case, Financial Times reports
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05:20 EDTORCLJefferies cuts Workday price target on moderating growth
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May 26, 2015
08:46 EDTAIRAAR Corp. to acquire 4.24M shares at $31.90 under tender offer
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07:19 EDTHNTLeerink to hold a tour
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06:38 EDTORCLMicrosoft buying Salesforce 'makes a lot of sense,' says Piper Jaffray
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May 21, 2015
08:15 EDTORCLSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:37 EDTORCLOracle to cut 40% of industry solutions team, Business Insider reports
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May 20, 2015
05:57 EDTORCLSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
13:05 EDTORCLSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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May 18, 2015
07:57 EDTEGNTopeka highlights potential E&P takeover targets
Topeka continues to believe that the E&P companies most likely to be acquired are situated in the core areas in the Permian, Eagle Ford, Bakken, Niobrara and Marcellus/Utica. The firm highlights Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Energen (EGN), Diamondback Energy (FANG), Gulfport Energy (GPOR), Laredo Petroleum (LPI), Magnum Hunter (MHR) and Oasis Petroleum (OAS) as potential takeout targets. It keeps Buy ratings on all the stocks named.
May 17, 2015
16:50 EDTORCLWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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