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June 27, 2014
12:14 EDTQCOR, UNH, MNKUnitedHealth updates policy, says Acthar isn't medically necessary in MS
In an updated drug policy with an effective date of August 1, UnitedHealthcare (UNH) stated that it does not view Questcor's (QCOR) H.P. Acthar gel as medically necessary for treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis. "Published clinical evidence does not demonstrate superiority of Acthar to other available corticosteroids," UnitedHealthcare stated in its bulletin. Note that Mallinckrodt (MNK) has proposed a merger with Questcor. UnitedHealthcare's website cites June 23 as the published date of the new drug policy for Acthar. Reference Link
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July 22, 2014
16:09 EDTMNKMallinckrodt initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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13:46 EDTUNHCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTUNHAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
July 21, 2014
11:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, Banner Health Network announce collaboration
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07:36 EDTQCOR, MNKMallinckrodt price target raised to $95 from $85 at Jefferies
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTUNHMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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08:45 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $94 from $84 at Oppenheimer
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:12 EDTQCOROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects improving environment in 2016 and beyond
Expects to expand up to two dozen state exchanges in 2014. Project 6% commercial medical cost trend for 2016, with costs in line with company's plan and remains moderate. Expects margins to reach 7% this year, in line with original forecast. Expects Optum revenue to accelerate in 2H14, and particularly in Q4. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $11.7B
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises low end of FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.60 from $5.40-$5.60
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.26
Reports Q2 revenue $32.57B, consensus $32B
July 16, 2014
16:13 EDTQCOR, MNKMallinckrodt initiated with an Outperform, $100 target at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes Mallinckrodt's (MNK) acquisition of Questcor (QCOR) provides sustainable high-growth revenue potential. It believes the company bought Acthar at an attractive valuation. Opco started shares of Mallinckrodt with an Outperform rating and $100 price target.
16:09 EDTMNKMallinckrodt initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
Target $100.
15:27 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth July 84 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
10:35 EDTQCOROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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