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    Earnings Report

    MEDNAX Revenue and Income Rose After 3Q15 Results

    MEDNAX’s YTD price movement was a mix of rises and falls in 2015. After the earnings report, MEDNAX fell 3.4% to close at $71.3 per share as of October 29, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Healthcare

    Why Chilton starts new position in Wyndham Worldwide

    Approximately 63% of Wyndham’s revenues come from fees for providing services referred to as its “fee-for-service” businesses.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing the economy’s impact on national healthcare spending

    National healthcare spending is a major driver of the hospital industry. National spending on hospital care is expected to amount to $973 million.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Yield Bond Mutual Funds: What to Expect in 2016

    If you’re a moderate investor invested in high-yield bond mutual funds, you could consider moving some of your assets to investment grade funds (OPIGX).

    By David Ashworth
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    Basic Materials

    Appaloosa Management starts new positions in FCX, INGR, CYH, THC and sells MSFT, CMCSA—13F Flash E

    In this six-part series, we’ll go through some of the main positions Appaloosa Management traded this past quarter. Why sell Microsoft (MSFT)?

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What do falling oil prices mean for the hospital industry?

    Economic conditions like falling oil prices affect the healthcare industry with a lag. This makes the hospital industry a good investment option.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Energy & Utilities

    Blue Ridge starts a new position in hedge fund favorite Apple

    John Griffin’s Blue Ridge bought a stake in Apple Inc. (AAPL) last quarter. The stock accounts for a 1.85% position in the fund’s portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Financials

    Bear strategy: Profit from rising rates with fixed income ETFs

    Investors could consider hedging their short-term duration risk (HYG: 3.98 years, JNK: 4.20 years) with a short position in longer-dated bonds.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Must-read: Is the US hospital industry truly non-cyclical?

    The hospital sector is widely considered a non-cyclical or defensive industry, meaning demand for hospital services doesn’t change with the economic cycle.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Basic Materials

    Appaloosa Management starts new positions in FCX, INGR, CYH, THC and sells MSFT, CMCSA—13F Flash B

    In this six-part series, we’ll go through some of the main positions Appaloosa Management traded this past quarter. Why buy Ingredion Inc. (INGR)?

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does UHS’s Valuation Compare to Other Hospital Companies?

    On February 26, 2016, Universal Health Services (UHS) was trading at a forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple of about 13.8x.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Exploring payer mix trends at HCA Holdings

    In terms of payer mix, the percentage of HCA Holdings revenues contributed by Medicare rose from 28.0% in 3Q13 to 30.3% in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts Expect UHS’s 2016 Net Profit Margins to Rise Marginally

    Wall Street analysts have projected that Universal Health Services’ net profit margin will increase marginally from 7.5% in 2015 to 7.6% in 2016.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The health insurance marketplace affects the hospital industry

    These exchanges—also called “health insurance marketplaces”—sell federally regulated, subsidized health insurance to individuals and small businesses.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Cannabis

    Manitoba to See Cannabis Edibles Soon

    Expectations were that cannabis edibles could be available in Canadian stores by the end of 2019, but Manitoba could start selling edibles by next week.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • Healthcare

    Who pays hospital bills? Analyzing hospitals’ payer mix

    Government programs Government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, combined with other health insurance plans such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (or CHIP), Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs programs, comprise about 51% of the total payments for hospital care. There are also other third-party payers, like worksite healthcare, the Indian Health Service, […]

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Healthcare

    Overview: Assessing hospital companies’ capital expenditures

    Capital projects in the hospital sector include purchasing new facilities, purchasing medical equipment, renovating and replacing existing hospitals, and investing in information systems infrastructure.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Healthcare

    Why location and services affect hospitals’ competition and margins

    During the 1990s, the hospital industry underwent about 900 consolidation deals. These led to the formation of local markets, with limited hospital systems dominating cities like Boston, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Healthcare

    Understanding hospitals’ size, technology, and operating expenses

    In the capital-intensive hospital industry, economies of scale offer a competitive advantage by spreading out the high fixed costs, providing for higher margins.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Healthcare

    Why healthcare investors should consider teaching hospitals

    An overview of teaching hospitals can help you predict future trends in hospital industry workforce management and, finally, the companies’ overall expenses.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Healthcare

    Understanding hospitals’ bad debt expenses and profitability

    According to the American Hospital Association (the AHA), uncompensated care costs in 2013 amounted to about $49 billion. Bad debt expenses closely relate to unemployment levels and the total number of uninsured people.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Are Recommending for These Three Hospital Stocks

    After a relatively lackluster performance in 2017, the three major for-profit hospital stocks in the US have seen a rapid rise in 2018.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Recommend for Civitas Solutions in March 2018

    Of the four analysts covering Civitas Solutions, two analysts have given the stock a “strong buy” rating, and two analysts have given it a “buy” rating.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Tenet Healthcare’s Business Strategy

    To better position itself and compete effectively in this evolving healthcare environment, Tenet Healthcare has taken a number of steps.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts’ Ratings for Tenet Healthcare and Its Peers in March

    At the end of December, Tenet Healthcare operated 76 hospitals, 20 surgical hospitals, and over 470 outpatient centers in the United States.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Recommend for American Renal Associates Holdings

    American Renal Associate Holdings (ARA) is the largest dialysis services provider in the United States.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Has Universal Health Services Fared Compared to Peers?

    Between November 22 and February 21, Universal Health Services stock has risen 19% to reach $117.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Healthcare Moves Have Been Muted, but Could We Get a Surprise?

    Rising interest rates don’t negatively affect healthcare as much as some other industries. But it has still underperformed since the US elections.

    By Direxion
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why High-Yield Bond Market Issuance Slowed Last Week

    Last week brought the total US dollar-denominated issuance of high-yield debt to $61.6 billion YTD in 2016—47.0% lower compared to the same period in 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Growth in Acute Care Revenues Pressurize UHS’s Valuations?

    Universal Health Services’ acute care revenues rose by 10.9%, from approximately $4.2 billion in 2014 to $4.6 billion, in 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    What Key Factors Drive Revenue for LifePoint?

    What drives LifePoint’s revenue? Major revenue drivers for LifePoint Health (LPNT) include: Equivalent admissions Medicare case mix index Average length of stay Inpatient and outpatient surgeries Emergency room visits Outpatient factor To learn more about the company’s organic growth strategy, please refer to Organic growth strategy at LifePoint Hospitals. Admissions on a consolidated basis LifePoint’s consolidated […]

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings’s Strong Capital Expenditure Strategy for 2016

    In 2015, HCA Holdings deployed ~$2.4 billion in capital expenditure. It planned to increase capital spending to $2.7 billion in 2016.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    J.M. Smucker Led the SPY ETF with a 7.0% Gain

    J.M. Smucker posted EPS of $1.62, beating the consensus estimate of $1.52. It also reported net sales of ~$2.1 billion, in line with the market expectation.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SPY Heavy as UnitedHealth Group Forewarned Profit

    The Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF tumbled -1.7% on November 19 after UnitedHealth Group lowered its profit expectations for 2015 and cut its earnings forecast.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s November 2015 PMI Pressured Oil Prices, US Market Bullish

    US investors seemed to take the weak Chinese manufacturing data released by Caixin in stride on November 2. China’s PMI rose from September’s reading of 47.2 to 48.3 for October 2015.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services Explores Growth Opportunities in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, Universal Health Services was actively involved in exploring growth opportunities, both in its acute care as well as behavioral health business.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Has High-Yield Bond Issuance Fallen?

    High-yield bond issuance has clearly fallen as 2015 has progressed. For most of the first five months of 2015, issues related to refinancing needs dominated the primary market for high-yield bonds.

    By David Ashworth
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services’ Behavioral Health Segment Is Strong

    Universal Health Services’ behavioral health segment registered 14% growth in total revenue—from $946 million in 1Q14 to $1,076.3 million in 1Q15.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LifePoint Hospitals: An ambitious acquisition strategy

    LifePoint Hospitals’ ambitious acquisition strategy is to buy hospitals in states that are adopting or are thought to be adopting Medicaid expansion.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A closer look at Universal Health Services’ acquisition activity

    Since 2011, the healthcare industry has seen a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, especially in the outpatient medical market.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assessing Universal Health Services’ revenue mix and admissions

    Same-facility inpatient admissions and equivalent admissions in the behavioral health services segment increased by 3.2% and 3.5% from 2012 to 2013.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring Universal Health Services’ major markets

    Universal Health Services (UHS) earns more than 50% of its total revenues from the Texas, Nevada, Florida, California, and District of Columbia markets.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How will the Cadillac tax affect the hospital industry?

    The implementation of this tax, called the Cadillac tax, will take effect beginning 2018. Post-2018, the threshold will be indexed to general inflation

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings outpatient services see revenue growth

    HCA Holdings earned 38% of its total revenue from outpatient services in 3Q14. The company also announced the acquisition of CareNow.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the important current trends in hospital admissions

    Hospital admissions are classified in two categories, inpatient admissions and outpatient admissions. Patients who are admitted overnight are inpatients.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Gauging inflation’s effects on the hospital industry

    Inflation closely relates to the performance of the healthcare industry (XLV), as it affects the rates that hospitals charge and the costs of medical care.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the unemployment rate affects hospital performance

    The healthcare industry, represented by the Healthcare Select Sector SPDR, is affected by the unemployment rate. Income affects people’s health choices.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring HCA’s debt numbers

    Despite having negative equity, HCA Holdings is backed by strong operational performance and debt-to-EBITDA figures, which are among the lowest in the industry.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    HCA’s physician recruitment and labor management

    HCA Holdings uses advanced staffing solutions such as creating a centralized float pool of nurses instead of directly hiring nurses for different facilities.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Standalone urgent care strategies

    HCA Holdings is capturing market share in the $15 billion urgent care clinic market field by focusing on acquiring or opening standalone urgent care clinics.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring HCA’s ownership structure

    Passive investments account for more than 56% of HCA Holdings’ total ownership structure.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Earnings Report

    Community Health Systems: Market share growth strategies

    The company acquires hospitals to create regional networks, especially in states where more of the population is uninsured. By positioning itself to be the network provider in under-penetrated markets, the company can earn higher revenues.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Earnings Report

    The benefits of Community Health Systems’ acquisition strategy

    Community Health Systems acquires two to four hospitals each year as a part of its growth strategy. Reducing duplicate functions at the corporate level reduces overhead salary costs.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Managed care and 3rd parties dominate for-profit hospital payer mix

    Sources of revenue For-profit hospitals like HCA Holdings (HCA), Tenet Healthcare (THC), Universal Health Services (UHS), and Community Health Systems (CYH) receive payments from federal Medicare, state Medicaid, or similar programs, managed care, third-party payers, and directly from patients. You can reduce your dependence on payment variations from different payers by investing in the Healthcare Select Sector […]

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Healthcare

    Why-high-yield issuers coast on “drive-by” and “add-on” deals

    DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) and Tenet Healthcare (THC) were among the more prominent HY debt issuers in the week ending June 13.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why did Blue Ridge Capital sell its stake in Ralph Lauren?

    In the fourth quarter, Blue Ridge sold its stake in Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL). Ralph Lauren was a 1.80% position in the fund’s 3Q portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Blue Ridge Capital buys a new position in Actavis

    Blue Ridge opened a new position in specialty pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc (ACT) that accounts for 2.27% of the fund’s portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Healthcare

    Is the 10-year bond a case of low yields or simply low inflation?

    Should economic recovery and inflation data increase, it’s quite possible the 3.0% yield seen at the end of 2013 may become a near-term floor.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
  • Basic Materials

    Appaloosa Management starts new positions in FCX, INGR, CYH, THC and sells MSFT, CMCSA—13F Flash F

    In this six-part series, we’ll go through some of the main positions Appaloosa Management traded this past quarter. Why sell Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)?

    By Samantha Nielson
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