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May 19, 2014
07:31 EDTTHC, CITenet, Cigna sign multi-year national agreement
Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC) and Cigna (CI) have signed a new multi-year contract extension that provides Cigna’s commercial customers and Cigna-HealthSpring’s Medicare Advantage customers in-network access to Tenet’s 77 hospitals, 190 outpatient centers and more than 1,500 employed physicians.
News For THC;CI From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
06:46 EDTTHCObama to prevent deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, Reuters says
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November 20, 2014
10:18 EDTTHCHospitals would be hurt by immigrant amnesty, Leerink Swann says
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08:00 EDTTHCObama amnesty poses 'material' risk to hospitals, says Leerink
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November 14, 2014
16:52 EDTCIGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 12, 2014
09:01 EDTTHCNurses expected to protest, strike over Ebola protection, Reuters says
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08:58 EDTCIManaged Care earnings risk low from King vs. Burwell, says Leerink
Leerink believes the Supreme Court decision to the King vs. Burwell case carries low earnings risk for Managed Care companies. The case to determine the legality of Exchange subsidies administered by the Federal Government carries less than 2% and 3% of earnings risk for 2014 and 2015 estimates, respectively, Leerink believes. The firm says Humana (HUM) and Cigna (CI) are currently losing money on Exchanges, and thus could benefit from any Federal Exchange membership loss. Leerink lists Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP) and Molina Healthcare (MOH) as being most impacted.
05:32 EDTTHCHospital sector downgraded to Market Weight at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded the Hospital group to Market Weight from Overweight saying the Supreme Court's decision to hear the King v. Burwell case as well as the government's reduced expectations for exchange enrollment in 2015 are likely to remain an overhang on the sector through at least the end of June. Along with the group cut, Wells downgraded shares of HCA Holdings (HCA) and Community Health (CYH) to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm keeps Market Perform ratings on Acadia (ACHC), LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
November 11, 2014
12:55 EDTCIWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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08:15 EDTTHCUniversal Health recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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November 10, 2014
06:29 EDTCICigna to restructure HIV prescription drug benefits, WSJ reports
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November 7, 2014
17:00 EDTTHCMarket ends week higher after upbeat U.S. data, hint at ECB easing
Stocks finished the week higher and near record levels as several better than expected U.S. economic data points boosted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims, a manufacturing index for October, and factory orders for September all beat expectations. The nonfarm payrolls report showed fewer than expected jobs were added last month, but the figures from the prior two months were upwardly revised... European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the ECB Governing Council was unanimous in its commitment to use unconventional instruments if needed to boost the euro zone's economy. Meanwhile, some possible "green shoots" emerged in Europe, as France reported that its manufacturing output had risen 0.6% in September versus August. Furthermore, Western European car sales surged 5.5% in October versus the same period a year earlier, Reuters reported, citing industry data. There was, however, some negative news out of Europe, as Germany said that its factory orders had increased just 0.8% in September, following a revised 4.2% slump in August. Economists had expected the orders to jump 2.3%. Also, the European Commission cut its 2014 GDP growth forecast for the EU to 0.8% from its previous forecast for a 1.2% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Tesla (TSLA), Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), International Paper (IP), Whole Foods (WFM), and upscale accessories and apparel maker Kate Spade (KATE) were among the stocks that climbed following their results. Conversely, multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF), Priceline (PCLN), Michael Kors (KORS), IT security company FireEye (FEYE), and chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM) fell following their quarterly reports... In takeover news, clinical laboratory company LabCorp (LH) said it would buy drug development services company Covance (CVD) for $105.12 per share in cash and stock, and marketing services company Sapient (SAPE) agreed to be acquired by French advertising giant Publicis (PUBGY) for $25.00 per share in cash... Shares of a number of hospital owners, including Tenet Healthcare (THC), Community Health (CYH), and HCA Holdings (HCA) fell after Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans have promised to seek to repeal most parts of the Affordable Care Act, which benefits hospitals by reducing the number of uninsured patients that use their services. Additionally, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the federal government's right to subsidize the health insurance premiums of Americans who buy health insurance through the federal exchange set up by the Act... The Justice Department sued to block the acquisition of Screenvision, which provides solutions related to cinema advertising, by movie theater ad network National CineMedia (NCMI), sending its stock lower. Movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas (CKEC), which owns a 19% “profits interest" in the holding company for Screenvision, also slid following the news. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is up 1.04% to 17,573.93, the Nasdaq is up 0.03% to 4,632.53, and the S&P 500 is up 0.66% to 2,031.92.
14:37 EDTTHCTenet hits session lows, levels to watch
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14:14 EDTTHC, CIACA subsidies look likely to be upheld, says UBS
After the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the government's right to pay ACA subsidies through the federal exchange, UBS says "it seems quite likely" that the subsidies will be upheld. The firm says that most experts expect a majority of justices to adopt the view that the law's intent was to expand coverage as widely as possible. Publicly traded hospital owners include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).
13:07 EDTTHCSupreme Court to consider challenge to ACA subsidies
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13:06 EDTTHCHealth Care names drop
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12:52 EDTTHCSupreme Court to consider challenge to ACA subsidies, Bloomberg reports
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12:45 EDTTHCSupreme Court may soon rule on case challenging ACA subsidies
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