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News For SQNM;CI;AET From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
07:56 EDTSQNMACOG opinion on NIPT not as bullish as hoped for Sequenom, says William Blair
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June 29, 2015
06:03 EDTAETAetna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
June 28, 2015
17:37 EDTCI, AETHumana deal could be announced Monday, WSJ says
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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTCI, AETStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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11:00 EDTAETOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:59 EDTAETFBR 'lukewarm' on potential Aetna, Humana deal
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07:55 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $150 from $145 at Leerink
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06:08 EDTAETAetna implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index
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06:01 EDTCI, AETHumana could reach deal to sell itself by next week, NY Times reports
According to a source, Humana (HUM) is pursuing a deal to sell itself and an agreement could be reached by next week, The New York Times reports. Aetna (AET) and Cigna (CI) are said to be in the running to buy Humana. Bloomberg previously reported that a deal could be reached as early as this weekend. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
17:03 EDTAETVeracyte signs national network agreement with Aetna
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16:23 EDTAET, CIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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14:44 EDTAETHumana options active on nearing deal to be acquired by Aetna
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13:57 EDTAETHumana spikes on nearing deal to be acquired by Aetna
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13:53 EDTAET, CIHumana nearing deal to be acquired by Aetna, Bloomberg reports
Aetna (AET) is nearing an acquisition of Humana (HUM) and a deal could be reached as early as this weekend, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Aetna's bid includes cash and stock, and talks between the two the companies picked up after Anthem (ANTM) came public with a bid for Cigna (CI), Bloomberg adds. Both Aetna and Cigna bid for Humana, a source told Bloomberg, with Humana's board preferring the offer from Aetna. Shares of Humana are up $14.72 to $198.95 following Bloomberg's report. Reference Link
13:43 EDTAET, CIHumana received offer from Cigna, Aetna, prefers Aetna, Bloomberg says
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13:43 EDTAETAetna nearing deal to acquire Humana, Bloomberg reports
11:06 EDTAET, CIHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:11 EDTCI, AETACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
09:40 EDTCI, AETMultiple parties expressing interest in Humana, CNBC reports
Humana (HUM) has received expressions of interest from multiple companies, CNBC's David Faber reports. The interest does not mean multiples bids are forthcoming, Faber added.
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTAETWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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10:00 EDTCI, AETOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:36 EDTAETAetna initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:35 EDTCICigna initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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June 23, 2015
09:50 EDTCIAnthem CFO meeting with Cigna shareholders, CNBC reports
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09:45 EDTCIAnthem concerned Cigna may bid for Humana, CNBC's Faber reports
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09:44 EDTCIAnthem to talk with Cigna shareholders, CNBC's Faber reports
07:44 EDTAETHumana takeover looks unlikely below $210/share, says Leerink
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07:40 EDTCICigna price target raised to $175 from $160 at Leerink
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07:30 EDTCIExperts: Antitrust issues exist in Cigna/Anthem deal, Reuters says
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June 22, 2015
18:56 EDTCI, AETCigna/Anthem deal could leave Humana with Aetna as only suitor, Bloomberg says
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17:04 EDTCIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:20 EDTCIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:29 EDTCIAnthem says not aware of other bidders when making Cigna bid
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11:18 EDTCIAnthem says would suspend buybacks for year with signing of Cigna deal
Anthem (ANTM) says team has worked for months evaluating "realistic" synergies of potential Cigna (CI) deal. Says $2B in synergies within two years post-close "achievable." Sees international opportunities with Cigna acquisition. Says confident on attaining financing for Cigna purchase. Says expects to suspend buybacks for the year with signing of Cigna deal, but sees maintaining dividend. Anthem does not see regulatory issues thwarting deal. Says Cigna acquisition is a strategic priority. Comments being made on Anthem's update reaffirming its commitment to its $184 per share proposal for Cigna.
10:57 EDTCIAnthem to hold a conference call
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10:15 EDTCIAnthem repeats FY15 revenue view of about $78.5B, consensus $78.16B
Repeats FY15 revenue view $78.5B, sees revenue for a combined Anthem (ANTM)-Cigna (CI) at >$115B. Anthem sees greater than 10% accretive to adjusted EPS in first year post-close, with accretion more than doubling in year two. Assuming the transaction closes on December 31, 2016, sees $17.00+ adjusted EPS in 2018. Anthem says expects to maintain dividend payout ratio policy, committed to retaining investment grade debt ratings. Says committed to de-levering over 2-year period post-close. Says deal is "compelling" for Cigna shareholders. Says Anthem has made "good faith efforts" to engage in valuation and governance discussions with Cigna, says fully prepared to proceed immediately to finalize due diligence and merger agreement negotiations. Comments from slides that will be presented on Anthem's update reaffirming its commitment to its $184 per share proposal for Cigna.
09:14 EDTCIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTCICigna hits fresh highs after rejecting Anthem bid
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09:02 EDTCIAnthem reiterates commitment to $184 per share proposal for Cigna
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09:01 EDTCIAnthem reiterates commitment to $184 per share proposal for Cigna
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08:16 EDTAET, CIAnthem, Cigna deal would be negative for Catamaran, says Leerink
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07:54 EDTAET, CIAnthem, Cigna deal likely to be consummated, says Leerink
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07:16 EDTCI, AETAnthem 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 EDTAET, CIHealth insurer tie-ups could cut competition, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTCI, AETHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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06:03 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 37 at upper end of index
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June 21, 2015
18:17 EDTCICigna calls Anthem offer 'inadequate,' 'woefully skewed'
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16:57 EDTCICigna says Anthem proposal not in interest of shareholders, Bloomberg reports
Cigna (CI) has sent a letter of rejection to the Anthem (ANTM) board of directors, reports Bloomberg. Notably, Cigna acknowledged that the combination of the two companies has some potential benefits under the right circumstances. However, the company also remarked that Anthem has "complications" related to its Blue Cross and Blue Shield membership, and also cited antitrust actions as well as Anthem's "lagging" shares.
16:50 EDTCICigna board unanimously rejects Anthem proposal, DJ says
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16:03 EDTAET, CIAetna makes offer to acquire Humana, WSJ says
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15:26 EDTCIAnthem publicized offer for Cigna in order to pressure company, WSJ says
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June 20, 2015
19:56 EDTCIAnthem proposes to acquire Cigna for $184 per share in cash, stock
Anthem (ANTM) announced that it has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire Cigna (CI) for $184 per share in cash and stock. Under the terms of the proposal, which was delivered to Cigna’s board, Cigna stockholders would receive a total consideration that represents a value of $184 per share. The offer, which values the company at $53.8B on an enterprise basis, represents an “unaffected” premium to Cigna’s stockholders of more than 35.4%, based on the closing price of Cigna’s shares on May 28. The combined company would be an industry leader with greater than $115B in annual revenues, based on the most recent 2015 outlook publicly reported by both companies. Under the contemplated terms, the consideration would consist of approximately 31.4% Anthem shares and 68.6% cash and the combined company would reflect a pro forma equity ownership comprised of approximately 76.3% Anthem shareholders and approximately 23.7% Cigna stockholders. Anthem is also confident in its ability to complete any financing related to the acquisition, the company said. Anthem expects the combination would be accretive to operating earnings per share and that the combined enterprise would generate significant annual cost synergies by achieving operating and G&A efficiencies. Anthem expects to achieve adjusted earnings per share accretion of greater than 10% in year one, with the accretion more than doubling by year two following the closing of the transaction. Anthem is confident in the achievability of synergies and is committed to retaining investment grade debt ratings, the company noted. Anthem is confident in its ability to obtain regulatory approvals. In the course of previous negotiations, both companies have expressed a confidence that regulatory approval would not delay the consummation of the combination. This includes matters related to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. "Anthem has been engaged with Cigna to explore a potential combination since August 2014 and is making its proposal public today following Cigna’s refusal to reasonably negotiate and its insistence on securing governance matters that are not common practice in similar transactions. Anthem is confident in the value being offered, the growth potential of the combined company and its ability to successfully integrate the two organizations," the company stated.
June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTCI, AETStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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14:07 EDTCI, AETOptions with increasing implied volatility: NFLX CI TRIP AET
10:09 EDTCI, AETFly Watch: Supreme Court may release key ACA decision soon
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09:18 EDTCI, AETHumana 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 EDTCI, AETSupreme Court decision on ACA suit due soon, says UBS
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06:11 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
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June 18, 2015
11:31 EDTAET, CIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:51 EDTAET, CIIncrease in 3R backstop most positive for Humana, says Leerink
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07:38 EDTAETLeerink to hold a roundtable
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06:08 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
June 17, 2015
11:08 EDTAET, CIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:48 EDTCI, AETHealth insurers seen consolidating from five to three in 'megadeals,' WSJ says
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07:42 EDTAET, CIAetna price target raised to $145 from $135 at Leerink
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07:16 EDTCICigna added to Most Preferred List, target raised to $175 at UBS
UBS added Cigna to its Most Preferred List and said the shares are attractive from both an operating and a consolidation perspective. The firm believes the risk/reward is attractive at current levels and applied a 30% probability of a buyout. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $175 from $149 on Cigna shares.
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