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April 1, 2013
01:20 EDTT, WLP, WU, STXWellPoint, Seagate, Western Union, AT&T buybacks give bullish sign,Barron's says
WellPoint (WLP), Seagate Technology (STX), Western Union (WU), and AT&T (T) have good dividend yields and are decreasing their outstanding shares with their buybacks, according to Barron's. Reference Link
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April 17, 2014
10:51 EDTWLPHealth insurers slide after UnitedHealth results, cautious comments
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after the largest company in the sector, UnitedHealth (UNH), reported slightly higher than expected first quarter profit but lower than expected revenue. WHAT'S NEW: UnitedHealth's first quarter earnings per share came in at $1.10, versus the consensus outlook of $1.09. The insurer reported revenue of $31.71B, compared with the consensus outlook of $31.99B. Taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on UnitedHealth's earnings, the company stated. Also pushing down the company's earnings was "a very expensive," new Hepatitis C therapy, UnitedHealth stated on its earnings conference call. Hepatitis C treatments cost UnitedHealth hundreds of millions of dollars in the first quarter, the company stated, though it also noted that demand for the treatments should drop going forward as initial pent-up demand for them starts to decline. The company indicated that it was looking to be reimbursed by states for the money it is spending on hepatitis vaccines for Medicaid patients. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth reiterated its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $5.40-$5.60 and its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance of $128B-$129B. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, UnitedHealth sank 3.7% to $75.31. Other health insurers also declined, with WellPoint (WLP) dropping 4% to $91.89, Aetna (AET) falling 3.3% to $67.54, Humana (HUM) declining 2.25% to $106.35, and Health Net (HNT) sliding 1% to $31.74.
10:40 EDTWUMoneyGram, Western Union retreat after Wal-Mart launches competing service
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10:29 EDTWUWestern Union transfer share not materially hurt by Wal-Mart, says Sterne Agee
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09:15 EDTWUMoneyGram, Western Union slide after new money-transfer service from Wal-Mart
Shares of MoneyGram (MGI) are down 12.5% in pre-market trading and Western Union (WU) is down over 5% after Walmart (WMT) and Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (EEFT), announced the launch of Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service. Walmart said the service allows customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for "up to 50% less than similar offerings on the market." Euronet shares are up nearly 8% before the open of the broader market, while Wal-Mart shares are fractionally higher.
09:13 EDTWUWestern Union volatility expected to move on Walmart money-transfer service
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09:09 EDTWUWestern Union down 5% after Wal-Mart launches new money transfer service
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09:00 EDTWUWestern Union falls 5.5%
Western Union is down 5.5%, or 89c, to $15.16
07:46 EDTTAT&T to possibly sit out of U.S. spectrum auction, Reuters says
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April 16, 2014
11:08 EDTTAT&T, Volvo partner for in-car wireless connectivity
AT&T and Volvo Cars have entered into a new multi-year agreement to enable future Volvo vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with high speed wireless connectivity. AT&T is scheduled to power Volvo's US 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. Volvo customers in the U.S. and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service. Volvo plans to enable cars with AT&T on-board for sale this summer. As a telematics leader, AT&T already provides a variety of vehicle solutions to automobile manufacturers around the world. Volvo's solution incorporates AT&T's Single SIM platform to provide coverage in the U.S. and Canada. The Single SIM, along with a world-class service management platform, AT&T Control Center powered by Jasper Wireless, arms Volvo with the ability to manage wireless device deployment and operations across markets with advanced diagnostic tools and smart alerting.
10:08 EDTWLPUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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09:01 EDTWLPWellPoint names Martin Silverstein as Chief Strategy Officer, effective April 28
WellPoint announced Martin Silverstein, M.D., has been named chief strategy officer, effective April 28. In this role, Dr. Silverstein will oversee WellPoint’s enterprise marketing, corporate development and strategy functions, and will be responsible for short and long-term strategic planning to ensure the company is maximizing the value of its assets and capturing growth across its geographies and businesses. Silverstein joins WellPoint from The Boston Consulting Group where he was a Senior Partner and Managing Director.
April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTWLPPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). 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).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:10 EDTTT-Mobile CEO starts petition for consumers to call on peers to end overages
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09:05 EDTTT-Mobile abolishes consumer overages, challenges other providers to follow suit
T-Mobile (TMUS) announced a campaign to eliminate overage penalties, one of the most reviled wireless industry practices. While abolishing overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans, its CEO has also laid down a challenge to the nation's largest carriers, AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S), to do the same.
07:32 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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April 11, 2014
07:26 EDTTTime Warner struggling to force Dodgers network on pay-TV players, LAT say
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April 10, 2014
15:56 EDTWLPWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
Wellcare (WCG) which has previously been speculated as a takeover target by analysts, is being studied as a target by Wellpoint (WLP), according to the Betaville blog, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Shares of WellCare, which have been lower throughout the session, briefly spiked following the blog post, but have returned to negative territory in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
06:29 EDTTAT&T in talks to bring ultrafast internet to North Carolina, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
11:15 EDTTT-Mobile unveils $40 monthly price plan called 'Simple Starter'
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