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June 4, 2014
07:51 EDTFCEL, JASO, UNH, NQ, BHP, PLOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active @ CBOE: PL BHP NQ TIBX JASO AN FCEL UNH AN BEAV JKS FSLR SPWR
News For PL;BHP;NQ;JASO;FCEL;UNH From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
06:56 EDTBHPBHP Billiton, Rio Tinto will not write down Australian mines, WSJ says
BHP Billiton (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO) will reportedly not have to write down Australian iron ore mining assets, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by EY's mining and metals leader Mike Elliott and Pengana Capital's Tim Schroeders. The companies' mines in the region were built cheaply and had pre-existing railway and port infrastructure, keeping them profitable even at current ore prices. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
05:32 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup (yesterday)
February 24, 2015
17:56 EDTBHPRio Tinto a better play than BHP Billiton on commodity rebound, Barron's says
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10:56 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
06:10 EDTBHPBHP Billiton CEO sees iron ore price decline in next year, Reuters reports
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTUNHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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18:02 EDTJASOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:25 EDTJASOFirst Solar, SunPower rally after saying they are in talks to form YieldCo
Solar stocks are moving up in extended trading this afternoon after First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar and SunPower announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. PRICE ACTION: First Solar is up over 10% to $54.90 in the after hours while SunPower is higher by over 12% to $31.27. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other solar stocks gaining in after-hours trading include SolarCity Corporation (SCTY), Trina Solar (TSL), JA Solar Holdings (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), and Canadian Solar (CSIQ).
16:27 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:21 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTUNHHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:59 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:21 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
08:05 EDTUNHCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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06:19 EDTBHPBHP Billiton CEO expected to provide more info on demerger, WSJ reports
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie is expected to this week provide more information on his demerger proposal, which will leave the mining company with fewer commodities and lower cash flow, The Wall Street Journal reports. The upcoming 1H earnings release is also expected to highlight the challenges BHP is currently facing as it seeks to focus on commodities like iron ore and oil. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:41 EDTUNHInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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February 19, 2015
13:18 EDTJASOIsrael's SolarEdge to launch IPO
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February 18, 2015
06:56 EDTUNHObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
11:14 EDTNQBlock sees 'pure speculation' as only reason investors hold NQ Mobile stock
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