When Andy Hawk needed hernia surgery last year, his biggest worry wasn’t the operation’s cost but whether he’d heal in time to lead a spring bear-hunting expedition on Kodiak Island.
For the first time, the self-employed gunsmith in the state with the nation’s highest medical costs and most volatile insurance market had some protection. He had coverage for all but $10,000 of the $45,000 tab.
“Before that, I was just damn lucky,” said Hawk, 52, who joined the Affordable Care Act marketplace in 2013.
Hawk was relieved last month when Republican leaders in Washington hastily withdrew a House bill to replace parts of the ACA. The legislation’s failure left the health care law intact while the GOP regroups on how to address rising insurance costs.
The issue is particularly acute in Alaska, the fourth most expensive state in the U.S., where a standard knee replacement may cost five times what it does in Seattle and pricey air ambulance rides are common in emergencies.
learn day trading: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(ETE)
- [By Charles Sizemore]
Charles Sizemore is a prolific financial writer, longtime prizedInvestorPlace contributor, and chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management. He’s also a two-time winner of our Best Stockscompetition, so he knows how to pick ‘em.
Never one to choose a straightforward company, Charles went withEnergy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the Best Stocks for 2016 contest. ETE is a complicated beast, a master limited partnership that’s made up of six other energy companies.
Perhaps the simplest way to think of ETE is as a company with diversified exposure to energy pipelines, which essentially collect tolls as their corporate users send oil and natural gas all across the country.
Energy Transfer is thick on the income front, with a dividend yield sitting at 8.7% currently.
learn day trading: Visteon Corporation(VC)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Visteon (VC) : “You need to let this one come down a little, then pull the trigger.”
American Tower (AMT) : “This is the best in the business and is worth owning, even if the chart looks terrible.”
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
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These are the top 5 holdings of Solus Alternative Asset Management LPC&J Energy Services Inc (CJ) – 7,553,128 shares, 48.21% of the total portfolio. Loral Space & Communications Inc (LORL) – 1,936,891 shares, 14.99% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.57%Visteon Corp (VC) – 633,018 shares, 12.03% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 22.88%Peabody Energy Corp (BTU) – 2,160,564 shares, 9.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionDynegy Inc (DYN) – 3,022,583 shares, 4.66%
learn day trading: Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.(CAPR)
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
learn day trading: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian noticed a big trade in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). He said that somebody bought between 12,000 and 15,000 contracts of the February 140 calls and he decided to take a long position too. Instead of buying call options, Pete Najarian bought stocks, because he wants to take a long-term position.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .
- [By Craig Jones]
Mike Khouw spoke on CNBC's Options Action about unusually high call options activity in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). The company is going to report earnings on Tuesday and it moves on average 2.8 percent on the event. The options market is currently implying a move of 2.4 percent.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Shares of Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) were up 1.4% at $168.06 after beating earnings expectations. The initial take, based on the trading reaction, was that good might not be good enough. The take from the day-after confirms the initial take as shares were down more than 1% the following day.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart for Lumber Liquidators Holdings sort of stabilizing over the past two years while large capsThe Home Depot, Inc (NYSE: HD)and Lowe’s Companies, Inc (NYSE: LOW) have been more steady performers:
learn day trading: Ryder System Inc.(R)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Ryder System (R) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after it missed earnings forecasts and cut its full-year guidance.
Ryder Systemdropped 14% to $68.28 today, while the S&P 500 0.6% to 2,388.61
Ryder Systems reported a profit of 82 cents a share, missing forecasts for 84 cents, on sales of $1.75 billion, ahead of forecasts for $1.7 billion. Ryder cut its 2017 guidance to a range of $4.25 to $4.55, below the Street consensus for $5.17.
Ryder System’s market capitalization fell to $3.7 billion today from $4.2 billion yesterday.