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February 4, 2014
04:55 EDTBLK, BLK, BLK, BAH, BAH, BAH, TGT, TGT, TGT, CS, CS, CS, GM, GM, GM, UNH, UNH, UNH, HLT, HLT, HLT, ATVI, ATVI, ATVI, VZ, VZ, VZ, CTSH, CTSH, CTSH, M, M, M, DELL, DELL, DELL, ORCL, ORCL, ORCLOracle to hold a conference
Oracle HCM World is being held in Las Vegas on February 4-6.
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April 8, 2015
19:09 EDTGMGM pressures Canadian workers to reduce pension benefits, Globe and Mail says
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11:29 EDTATVIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:58 EDTHLTBlackstone inactivity may lend credibility to Hilton report, says Wells Fargo
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08:02 EDTHLTChinese investors rumored to ask Blackstone about Hilton stake, Daily Mail says
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07:24 EDTCSNeurotechnology Industry Organization to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTBLKEvercore ISI to hold a conference
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April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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12:36 EDTATVIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:27 EDTGMCanadian sale of General Motors stake removes an overhang, says BofA/Merrill
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10:23 EDTUNHMedicare Advantage 2016 rates set above expectations
The U.S. yesterday announced higher than expected 2016 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates. The news is seen as benefiting managed care companies with large exposure to the Medicare Advantage program. WHAT'S NEW: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, yesterday afternoon announced that Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates would rise 1.25% in 2016 from 2015 levels. In February, CMS proposed a 0.95% reduction in Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates for 2016. This year, reimbursement rates have fallen 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Humana (HUM) said this morning in a regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, the company expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation, the company explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Scott Fidel wrote that this is the first time in seven years that CMS has implemented an increase in Medicare Advantage rates. However, noting that CMS said it had raised its estimates for Medicare costs, Fidel added that this forecast tempered the positive outlook created by the reimbursement increase. The analyst kept Buy ratings on the following stocks in the sector: Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Cigna (CI), Magellan Health (MGLN), and UnitedHealth (UNH). Stifel analysts said that the results were modestly better than expected, except for the agency's decision not to make a Star rating adjustment for plans with certain higher acuity populations. The firm thinks that more diversified managed care companies with Medicare Advantage products could be boosted by CMS' decision, identifying Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth as being among the companies in that category. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna was little changed at $107.40, Anthem was flat near $155 per share, Cigna slipped 0.4% to $131.34, Magellan was flat at $71, UnitedHealth added 0.5% to $118.31 and Humana gained fractionally to $178.54.
09:35 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:23 EDTTGTFreshpet dry food product launched at Target, says Baird
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09:01 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade priced at $35.90
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07:57 EDTUNHManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:44 EDTUNHSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTUNH2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
06:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade; price range $35.80-$36.00
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06:03 EDTBLKBlackRock CEO warns on strong US dollar, Financial Times reports
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05:48 EDTUNHCatamaran downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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