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Express Scripts Holding Co. agreed to pay $3.6 billion to acquire closely held EviCore Healthcare, a company that preapproves scans and other costly medical tests for health plans.

The deal comes as Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), is facing challenges on a number of fronts, including the possible loss of its largest customer, health-insurance giant Anthem Inc., and the potential entry of Amazon.com Inc. into the business of managing prescription-drug benefits.

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Shares of Express Scripts, which have shed more than 15% of their value so far this year, fell 2.1% to $57.97 at 11:37 a.m. in New York.

Buying EviCore will help Express Scripts broaden its reach beyond prescription drugs into being a gatekeeper for insurance companies for a wider range of medical services. Health plans hire EviCore, which manages medical benefits for 100 million people, to help reduce medically unnecessary imaging and other expensive tests.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2018: Genesis Energy, L.P.(GEL)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) reported upbeat earnings for its fiscal third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) disclosed that it has priced its public offering of 4 million common units for gross proceeds of $124 million.
    South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) reported that it has increased its buyback plan from 250,000 shares to 1 million shares.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2018: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

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    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) were down 40 percent to $7.95 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Meanwhile, small cap Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) calls itself an industry-leading innovator of energy-efficient LED lighting technology that aims to be the trusted leader in LED lighting retrofit. As the creator of the first, and so far, only UL-verified low-flicker LED products on the U.S. market, Energy Focus products provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, and aesthetics, safety, health and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies (thanks to numerous research and development projects for the DOE and DARPA) as well as Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy and many others.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2018: Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V.(PAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    In its fourth-quarter 2016 earnings filed on Feb. 23, Grupo Aeroportuario del PacificoSAB de CV(NYSE:PAC)capped a year of growth across several important metrics. The Mexican airport operator, which abbreviates its name to GAP, reported increases in revenue, profits, and domestic and international passenger traffic.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2018: Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd. (HRELF)

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  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    2. Appliance Sale – This is another operating segment that the company did not consider core to its business, so management sold the segment to Haier (OTCPK:HRELF) for over $5b. The benefit: Additional capital can be allocated to the core operational areas.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The main business units of the Hong Leong Asia are the Diesel Engines Unit – China Yuchai , the Consumer Products Unit – Henan Xinfei (now marketed as “Frestec”), and the Building Materials Unit – BMU. The other business units in the company are the Industrial Packaging Unit – Rex and the Air-conditioning Systems Unit – Airwell. As the majority of the business units namely Yuchai, Xinfei and Airwell, operate in China (more than 80% of total revenue), the continual slowdown of the economic growth in China coupled with increasing competition has adversely affected both the revenue and the profitability. Particularly for the consumer products unit, its small scale has severely impacted its competitiveness given aggressive larger players like Haier (OTCPK:HRELF), Midea, Feilong Electric, and Hefei Meiling.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2018: Bill Barrett Corporation(BBG)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Halcon Resources Corp (NYSE: HK) and Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG).

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