11:55 AM New York – Anthem agreed to acquire Simply Healthcare and maintained profit forecast. Caesars Entertainment consolidates Caesars Acquisition. Carnival net swung to a loss of $102 million. Ennis declare quarterly cash dividend. Raytheon secured contract worth $2.4 billion from Qatar.
Tollbooth Strategy Index gained 0.6% or 57.43 to 10,054.20.
) gained 8 cents to $128.03 after the health insurer agreed to acquire Simply Healthcare Holdings, Inc. for undisclosed financial terms.
The acquisition is expected to close in the first-half of 2015.
The company forecasted net income per share to be within the range of $8.83 to $8.93.
Caesars Entertainment Corp
) surged 20.3% or $2.74 to $16.23 after the diversified casino-entertainment provider signed agreement to merge affiliate Caesars Acquisition Company in an all-stock transaction.
) slid 2 cents to $44.78 after the cruise company reported total revenues in the fourth-quarter ending in November increased 1.6% to $3.72 billion form a year ago period.
Net in the quarter swung to a loss of $102 million or 13 cents a diluted share compared to profit of $66 million or 8 cents from a same quarter last year.
) climbed 3.1% or 41 cents to $13.64 after the commercial printing service provider’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 17 1/2 cents per share payable on February 2.
Madison Dearborn Partners LLC
, on media report the private equity firm is in preliminary talks to acquire majority stake of the infusion services business of Walgreen Co, drugstore chain retailer for about $1 billion.
) jumped 2.5% or $2.73 to $109.55 after the defense and homeland security provider secured Foreign Military Sales contract worth $2.4 billion for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for the State of Qatar.