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October 15, 2012
12:31 EDTS, HUM, AEGR, SFTBF, AMED, YONG, CLWR, DCTH, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following a report that showed surprisingly strong retail sales in September. The averages started out slightly higher and seemed to have trouble gaining any upside momentum in the early hours of trading. The reaction to the better than expected retails sales figures seemed to be muted by the disappointing Empire manufacturing data. Following the report on August business inventories the averages actually crossed into negative territory, before reversing and drifting higher. The averages stood near session highs around noon as this week begins more positively for the markets than last week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 1.1% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%. The core reading, minus auto and gas components, increased 0.9%, versus expectations for a 0.4% gain. The Empire Manufacturing Index had a reading of -6.16, versus expectations for a reading of -4.0. Business inventories reportedly increased 0.6% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. In China, a raft of data was reported over the weekend, including better than expected export numbers. Chinese export growth accelerated to 9.9% and import growth accelerated to 2.4%, but some irregularities kept investors and analysts cautious about the results. Also, China's consumer-price index eased in line with expectations and a gauge of producer prices showed a steepening drop, fueling speculation that the government may take further monetary stimulus action... COMPANY NEWS: Japan's SoftBank (SFTBF) confirmed a deal to purchase a 70% stake in Sprint (S) for about $20B. Shares of Sprint were down fractionally after the details of the previously speculated arrangement were publicized. However, moving up again were shares of Sprint partner Clearwire (CLWR), which rose 11% though Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said he would not speculate on what Sprint will do with its new-found financial flexibility... Shares of Citigroup (C) jumped nearly 5% as its third quarter earnings beat expectations after its write down of the value of its remaining stake in Smith Barney and some other adjustments were excluded... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Yongye International (YONG), up 17% following its receipt of "going private" proposal at $6.60 per share, and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (AEGR), up 9% after the FDA posted briefing documents for a panel's upcoming review of one of the company's drugs. Among the noteworthy losers was Delcath Systems (DCTH), down over 18% after the FDA accepted the company's New Drug Application for its chemosaturation system and designated the NDA for standard review. Also lower were shares of Amedisys (AMED), down 9% after the company signed a new agreement with Humana (HUM) to provide home health services but under a revised reimbursement scheme from their prior arrangement... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 67.40, or 0.51%, to 13,396.25; the Nasdaq was up 9.07, or 0.30%, to 3,053.18; and the S&P 500 was up 6.88, or 0.48%, to 1,435.47.
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June 23, 2015
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTHUMHumana takeover looks unlikely below $210/share, says Leerink
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06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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06:00 EDTHUMHumana implied volatility of 48 at upper end of index
June 22, 2015
18:56 EDTHUMCigna/Anthem deal could leave Humana with Aetna as only suitor, Bloomberg says
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08:27 EDTSFTBFSoftbank, Foxconn, Bharti to form JV for renewable energy in India
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08:16 EDTHUMAnthem, Cigna deal would be negative for Catamaran, says Leerink
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07:54 EDTHUMAnthem, Cigna deal likely to be consummated, says Leerink
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07:16 EDTHUMAnthem should be bought after Cigna offer, says Stifel
After Anthem, (ANTM) offered to buy Cigna (CI) and the latter company rejected the bid, Stifel estimates that the deal would have been 10% accretive for Anthem in the first year and 20% accretive in the second year. The firm thinks that accretion from the deal will probably be higher than expected. It also recommends buying Aetna (AET) as it believes that the Anthem offer suggests that Aetna will benefit more than expected from its own deal. The firm is cautious on Humana (HUM), saying that it may lose two potential buyers in Anthem and Cigna, while Humana may retreat if Aetna does not acquire the company quickly.
06:51 EDTHUMHealth insurer tie-ups could cut competition, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTHUMHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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06:17 EDTSFTBFSoftbank sold 1,000 units of robot Pepper within one minute, WSJ reports
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June 21, 2015
16:03 EDTHUMAetna makes offer to acquire Humana, WSJ says
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTHUMStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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10:09 EDTHUMFly Watch: Supreme Court may release key ACA decision soon
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10:00 EDTAMEDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Amedisys (AMED) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Delta Air Lines (DAL) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded on better than expected well economics at SunTrust... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill... Erickson (EAC) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Fiserv (FISV) upgraded on growth opportunities, margin outlook at Oppenheimer... IPC Healthcare (IPCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Mack-Cali Realty (CLI) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Micron (MU) upgraded to Buy on sustainable margins and capex at Topeka... NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Retail Opportunity (ROIC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:18 EDTHUMHumana most likely target in Managed Care, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says Humana (HUM) is the most likely acquisition target in the Managed Care space, with Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) as the likely acquirers. The firm believes Anthem would benefit the most from the acquisition of Humana. It also thinks UnitedHealth (UNH) could look to acquire Aetna or Cigna. FBR thinks one or two more large deals in the space are possible.
07:37 EDTHUMSupreme Court decision on ACA suit due soon, says UBS
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07:25 EDTCCiti moving European retail bank HQ to Ireland from England, Reuters reports
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06:41 EDTAMEDAmedisys upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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