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April 14, 2014
07:34 EDTWBMDWebMD sees Q1 adjusted EBITDA above high end of previous guidance
Sees Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range previously provided. For the FY14, WebMD expects to be in the top half of the ranges previously provided for revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and net income. "The update to our guidance that we are providing today reflects recent improvements in our sales activity compared to our experience in the early weeks of 2014," said the company. "We are having very positive dialogue with our customers about how WebMD can help address their evolving business needs and we are continuing our investments in new product and service offerings to better serve those needs and realize future growth opportunities."
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February 11, 2016
16:34 EDTWBMDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory amid continued concerns about global growth, another drop in oil prices, renewed worries over the health of the European banking system after a poor report from Societe Generale and a surprise cut in interest rates by Sweden's central bank, putting its rates further into negative territory. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who was giving her second day of "Humphrey-Hawkins" testimony, stayed the course and gave no indication that the central bank would change its current policy direction. The averages were jolted out their doldrums late in the day after The Wall Street Journal quoted a UAE Energy Minister as saying OPEC may consider a production cut, which brought oil off its lows and helped the average significantly cut their losses. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped to 269,000 last week, versus expectations for 280,000 first-time claims. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave testimony to the Senate after presenting yesterday to members of the House of Representatives. In her testimony yesterday, Yellen said she was not certain whether she had the legal authority to cut rates into negative territory. However, other central banks around the world have recently been doing just that, with Sweden's Riksbank the latest. Sweden's central bank surprised analysts by cutting its main repo rate to minus 0.5% from minus 0.35%. Meanwhile, WTI crude oil settled down 4.5% at $26.21 per barrel, marking its lowest settlement since May 2003. Oil pared its losses in after-hours trading, however, after reports indicated that a UAE Energy Minister said OPEC members are ready to cooperate on a production cut. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cisco (CSCO) gained 9.6% to $24.68 after the company beat expectations for both sales and earnings, raised its dividend by 24% and approved a $15B increase to its stock repurchase program. On the opposite end of the Dow, Boeing (BA) dropped 6.8% to $108.45 after Bloomberg said the SEC is investigating its accounting and projections for its 787 Dreamliner and the 747 programs... Twitter (TWTR) dropped 4.5% to $14.31 after the company reported that its user base was flat last quarter. Research firm Pacific Crest responded to the news by downgrading the stock, with analyst Evan Wilson saying the stock may fall to as low as $11 per share as the "hope trade" ends... Tesla (TSLA) unexpectedly reported sharp losses for its fourth quarter, but its stock rallied 4.7% after the electric carmaker also projected that it will deliver 80,000-90,000 vehicles in 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was The Fresh Market (TFM), which jumped 22% after Reuters reported that supermarket giant Kroger (KR) is in the second round of bidding for its smaller rival. Also higher was Pandora (P), which advanced 8.5% after the New York Times said the music service operator has held talks about selling the company and is working with Morgan Stanley to meet potential buyers. Also rising were shares of WebMD (WBMD), which added 4% after Ben Harrington said on his Betaville blog that the company is rumored to be working with Moelis to try to broker a deal with Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA). Among the noteworthy losers was Mylan (MYL), which fell 18% after it reported quarterly earnings and announced it would buy Meda Aktiebolag for $9.9B. Incyte (INCY) fell 9.4% after the company reported earnings and said it would halt studies of its ruxolitinib drug to treat certain cancer tumors. Also lower were shares of Hampton Roads Bankshares (HMPR) which fell nearly 9% after agreeing to merge with Xenith Bankshares (XBKS). Xenith rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. INDEXES: The Dow fell 254.56, or 1.6%, to 15,660.18, the Nasdaq lost 16.75, or 0.39%, to 4,266.84, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.78, or 1.23%, to 1,829.08.
15:14 EDTWBMDWebMD calls active on rumored to be in sale talks
WebMD (WBMD) February 50 and 55 calls are active on total call volume of 1000 contracts (16 puts) on rumored to be in sale talks with Walgreens (WBA), Betaville says. February call option implied is at 89, February is at 80; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 65. Active call volume suggests large near term price movement.
15:04 EDTWBMDWebMD rumored to be in sale talks with Walgreens, Betaville says
WebMD (WBMD), which previously "vehemently denied" a Financial Times story that it was weighing a sale, is now working with Moelis to try to broker a deal with Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA), according to Ben Harrington's Betaville blog. Harrinton added that "this information is RARE of the rarest kind," meaning it is "market gossip that hasn't been tested through formal journalistic channels." Reference Link
15:00 EDTWBMDWebMD trying to negotiate sale to Walgreens, Betaville says
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