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April 2, 2013
09:22 EDTT, INO, HUM, NDAQ, VZ, EZPW, AET, OMPI, BGCP, VOD, AFFY, UNH, HPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Obagi Medical (OMPI), up 14.9% after Mez Pharma proposes to acquire Obagi for $22 per share... Nuance (NUAN), up 8.5% after Carl Icahn reports 9.27% passive stake... Vodafone (VOD), up 5.2% after FT Alphaville says Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) may consider offer to break-up and buy Vodafone assets... Humana (HUM), up 9.4%, UnitedHealth (UNH), up 4.2%, Aetna (AET), up 4.2%, after CMS issues final 2014 Medicare Advantage rates that were significantly better than original announcement... BGC Partners (BGCP), up 44.2% after selling treasuries platform to Nasdaq (NDAQ) for up to $1.234B in cash and stock. Nasdaq shares down 5.4% in pre-market after deal announced... ALSO LOWER: Inovio (INO), down 13.3% after collaborator ChronTech reports interim Phase II results from study of vaccine to treat hepatitis C virus... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), down 4.3% following downgrade to Sell rating at Goldman... EZCORP (EZPW), down 3.1% after downgrade to Underperform at FBR Capital... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Affymax (AFFY), down 9.6%.
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November 18, 2015
15:40 EDTUNHCongressman says U.S. may need look at pharmacy competition, dealReporter says
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11:33 EDTVZ, TSprint announces launch of LTE Plus network
In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, Sprint (S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history - 50% off the price of most Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS) rate plans, the company says. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016. LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches. Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account. Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier. Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates. 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
November 17, 2015
09:05 EDTUNHOptumRx acquires AxelaCare
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November 16, 2015
09:06 EDTUNHDiplomat seen as compelling amid specialty pharmacy fallout
Shares of specialty pharmacy operator Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (ESRX) have each been knocked down by the negative news surrounding the sector amid the troubles faced by Valeant (VRX) and others, but an analyst at Leerink contends in a note to investors that the pullbacks in both stocks provide buying opportunities. BACKGROUND: Drugmaker Valeant and its prior specialty pharmacy partner, Philidor Rx Services, have been at the center of the firestorm engulfing the sector. Following claims that Philidor urged its employees to modify prescriptions to ensure more orders of Valeant-branded drugs rather than generics, as well as other allegations of wrongdoing, Express Scripts (ESRX) and peer CVS Health (CVS) terminated Philidor from their networks. The day after those termination announcements, Valeant said that it was severing all ties with Philidor and that the pharmacy planned to shut down operations as soon as possible, consistent with applicable laws. Valeant has subsequently said that Philidor has committed to cease operations by January 30, 2016, at the latest. More recently, Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, announced that it stopped doing business with Linden Care, accusing it of being a "captive" pharmacy that dispenses mostly products made by Horizon Pharma (HZNP). In turn, Horizon called the idea that Linden Care is a captive pharmacy "entirely false," stating that "at best Express Scripts is being reckless in its allegations and at worse it is intentionally attempting to mislead investors." Express Scripts' move also impacted shares of Insys Therapeutics (INSY), which reportedly also used Linden Care to fulfill prescription for its drugs. DIPLOMAT LIKELY TO STAY IN-NETWORK: Leerink analyst David Larsen acknowledged that recent events indicate that Express Scripts appears to be evaluating certain retail pharmacies and their relationships with manufacturers, but he believes Diplomat's mix of drugs for diseases like multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis C and cancer differentiate it as a "true" specialty pharmacy. Larsen does not think Diplomat is at risk of being excluded from the pharmacy networks of Express Scripts, CVS or UnitedHealth's (UNH) Optum, he tells investors. Larsen expects limited distribution agreements to stay an important channel strategy for drugmakers and believes these agreements are appropriate for high cost specialty drugs that require special handling and additional services to manage patient adherence. The analyst, who thinks Diplomat remains well positioned to deliver annual growth of over 30% in the next several years, keeps an Outperform rating on its shares. EXPRESS BUYING OPPORTUNITY: Larsen also thinks concerns around manufacturer and pharmacy relationships have put unwarranted pressure on shares of Express Scripts. He does not expect Express Scripts to disclose new lawsuits around rebate dollars owed over other manufacturer disputes and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, which he views as having an "attractive" valuation. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Larsen also thinks that the specialty channel remains an opportunity for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and believes its proposed acquisition of Rite Aid (RAD) can strengthen its specialty offering. The analyst keeps an Outperform rating on Walgreens shares as well. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Diplomat Pharmacy shares have declined 28%, Express Scripts has fallen 6% and Walgreens has dropped 14%.
07:40 EDTBGCPBGC and GFI agree to sell Trayport to Intercontinental Exchange for $650M
BGC Partners (BGCP) and its majority-owned division, GFI Group (GFIG) announced that GFI has entered into an agreement to sell its Trayport business to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) for $650M. Trayport is a provider of trading and aggregation software primarily in the global OTC energy and commodities markets. Trayport, which is domiciled in the UK, generated revenues of approximately $80M over the twelve months ended September 30, 2015. These revenues were predominantly generated via recurring software license and subscription fees. Trayport's revenues increased by approximately 9 percent year-on-year in British pounds during the third quarter of 2015. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Intercontinental Exchange will acquire the equity of the companies that comprise the Trayport business. The GFI sellers will receive $650 million in ICE common shares based on the closing stock price on November 13, 2015. The aggregate number of ICE common shares is approximately 2.5 million, and up to approximately 0.8 million additional ICE common shares based on a sliding scale from $193.85 to $258.47 in the event that ICE's weighted average stock price over a specified period leading up to closing is less than $258.47. GFI will have the right to sell its ICE common shares pursuant to a registration rights agreement. ICE may elect to substitute cash for part or all of the stock consideration owed to the GFI sellers. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close as early as the first quarter of 2016, subject to receipt of such approvals. After the close of the transaction, BGC and GFI are expected to remain customers of Trayport. The net tax the Company will pay with respect to the transaction is expected to be at a rate of 15 percent or less. The one-time gain will be reflected in BGC's consolidated results under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, but will be excluded from the Company's results for distributable earnings.
07:36 EDTTBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
07:32 EDTBGCPIntercontinental Exchange to buy Trayport from BGC, GFI for $650M
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trayport for $650M in ICE common stock. Trayport is a subsidiary of GFI Group (GFIG), which was acquired by BGC Partners (BGCP) in March 2015. Trayport licenses its technology platform to serve brokers for electronic and hybrid trade execution primarily in the European over-the-counter utility markets. The transaction will enable ICE to provide new services to the European OTC energy markets, including European power, natural gas and coal. The $650M purchase price will be paid with 100% equity consideration comprising approximately 2.5M shares of ICE common stock. ICE anticipates an immaterial impact to 2016 adjusted earnings per share. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of closing conditions and receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
07:24 EDTINOSalomon to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTINOBrean Capital to hold a summit
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November 15, 2015
18:54 EDTNDAQNASDAQ to develop several 'blockchain' applications, Reuters says
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November 13, 2015
15:49 EDTNDAQNASDAQ in talks to buy Chi-X Canada, Globe and Mail says
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15:19 EDTNDAQNASDAQ in talks to buy Chi-X Canada, Bloomberg says
November 12, 2015
19:41 EDTT, VZAT&T, Verizon ask FCC to limit Charter/Time Warner Cable merger, Bloomberg says
A trade group for AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) petitioned the FCC to limit Charter's (CHTR) coordination with other cable companies if the merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) is allowed to proceed, reports Bloomberg. USTelecom also asked the FCC for restrictions on John Malone, Charter's largest shareholder. Reference Link
08:32 EDTHPQHP Inc. declares post-split regular dividend of 12.4c per share
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November 11, 2015
14:34 EDTAET, HUMAMA voices 'significant concerns' with insurers' proposed mergers
The American Medical Association, in a letter to the Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, stated that its analyses of the proposed health insurance mergers, namely Aetna's (AET) proposed acquisition of Humana (HUM) and Anthem's (ANTM) proposed acquisition of Cigna (CI), "reveal significant concerns with respect to the impact on consumers in terms of health care access, quality, and affordability." Accordingly, the AMA urges the Department of Justice to block the proposed mergers, the group stated.
14:25 EDTAET, HUMAMA urges DOJ to block Humana, Aetna deal, Bloomberg says
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09:09 EDTHPQHP's Marten Mickos leaves to head HackerOne
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07:59 EDTTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:56 EDTNDAQBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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07:40 EDTTWells Fargo to hold a conference
6th Annual Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 10-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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