The Affordable Care Act (better known as “Obamacare”) has completely rearranged the healthcare chessboard and left many wanting, frustrated and confused, especially now that its future has become less clear. And I think it’s safe to say that the real beneficiaries of the ACA have been the insurance companies.
As Washington tries to remedy the problems, we are still stuck with the No. 1 problem: How can we deliver low-cost healthcare to middle income families that are being buried with high insurance premiums and a scant provider network that changes year to year?
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One solution that would make sense is for a national clinic and pharmacy to merge with an insurance company. This is exactly what the proposed CVS (NYSE: CVS)/Aetna (NYSE: AET) merger would provide. Not only would this merger be a good thing for a large segment of the American populous, it will certainly be a good thing for CVS.
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- [By Ethan Ryder]
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.
- [By Max Byerly]
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.
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- [By Chris Lange]
Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PTI) saw its shares slide early on Thursday after the company reported that it had positive data from its early stage trial in cystic fibrosis (CF). These results come from the firms ongoing Phase 1 dosing study of PTI-801 in CF patients on background Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) therapy.
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- [By Max Byerly]
ValuEngine upgraded shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.
Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on RIG. Bank of America increased their price objective on Transocean from $12.00 to $13.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. Citigroup increased their price objective on Transocean from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Cowen set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Piper Jaffray set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.79.
- [By John Bromels]
Unless it’s not. Which it may not be. There’s a big cloud of uncertainty hanging over the company, in part thanks to its status as a very small fish in a very big deepwater ocean that’s full of huge, hungry competitors likeTransocean(NYSE:RIG) andEnsco(NYSE:ESV). Questions also abound about its parent company,Seadrill(NYSE:SDRL).
- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Ethan Ryder]
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- [By Joseph Griffin]
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