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April 2, 2013
09:22 EDTEZPW, AET, OMPI, BGCP, VOD, AFFY, UNH, HPQ, T, INO, HUM, NDAQ, VZOn 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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July 20, 2015
14:22 EDTVZ, VODEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
10:05 EDTHUMHumana renews, lengthens SilverSneakers pact with Healthways
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09:08 EDTBGCPThe Melting Pot partners with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
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07:41 EDTVODBT CEO: Company split doesn't solve problems, Telegraph reports
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July 17, 2015
09:39 EDTEZPWEZCORP to restate certain financial results
EZCORP announced that it will restate its financial statements for FY14, including the interim periods within that year, and Q1 of FY15. This decision to restate was made by the company's board, upon the recommendation of management and the audit committee and in consultation with the company’s independent registered public accounting firms. The restatement adjustments, all of which are non-cash, will correct certain errors relating to the accounting for Grupo Finmart’s structured asset sales in FY14 and the Q1 of FY15. Following a comprehensive review of the terms and conditions of each of the structured asset sales, management has determined that the asset sales should not have been accounted for as sales, principally due to certain control rights that Grupo Finmart retained as servicer of the loans. Because of these control rights, the trusts to which the loans were sold should be accounted for as “variable interest entities” and consolidated pursuant to ASC 810-10 , and therefore, the sales should not have been recognized for accounting purposes. As a result of the consolidation, the prior gains on sale will be eliminated, the assets and liabilities of the trusts will be included in the company’s consolidated balance sheet and interest income will be recognized over the life of the loans. This process will result in a reduction in net income in the periods during which a structured asset sale occurred and an increase in net income thereafter. Although the company has not yet quantified the effect of reversing the sale accounting treatment, it should be noted that, as a result of the asset sales, the company previously recognized $39.6M of gain, $33.0M in FY14 and $6.6M in Q1 of FY15. That gain will be eliminated, but interest income in the periods subsequent to the asset sales will be increased. Grupo Finmart’s Mexican GAAP financial statements are unaffected by this adjustment.
07:50 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, Catamaran deal will close earlier than expected, says UBS
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July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTVZ, TFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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19:17 EDTHUM, AET, UNHAffordable Care Act plan prices to increase 11.2% in 2016, WSJ says
State regulators will begin approving plan price increases for insurance plans purchased on Care Act’s exchanges as early as this month, reports the Wall Street Journal. Nearly every state has plans with premiums increasing over 10%, with some as high as 30%-50%, the Journal adds. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Reference Link
13:53 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $135 from $115 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Joseph France raised his price target for UnitedHealth shares to $135 to reflect the company's Q2 earnings upside and the acquisition of Catamaran (CTRX). France reiterates a Hold rating on stock.
10:04 EDTVZ, TU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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09:33 EDTUNHUnitedHealth does not expect Catamaran to contribute to earnings this year
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09:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects medical cost trend on lower end of forecast
09:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says 'nothing changed' in terms of M&A strategy
The company expects to continue to build on its capabilities.
09:08 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects EPS to accelerate in 2016
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08:30 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $13.6B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Employer & Individual revenue up 10% to $11.8B
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06:04 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 medical care ratio 81.4%
Medical cost trends remained controlled and consistent with management expectations. Reserves developed favorably by a total of $90M in the quarter. Reports Q2 operating cost ratio of 16.1%.
06:03 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.25-$6.35 from $6.15-$6.30, consensus $6.26
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.64, consensus $1.59
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