LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (LPNT) - NASDAQ
  • Jan. 5, 2014, 3:48 AM
    • Early reports from health providers and online medical booking service ZocDoc indicate that demand for care from those who bought insurance under Obamacare has been modest so far.
    • There have been fears that the technical problems of the government's HealthCare.gov Web site would cause a flood of patients who thought they had bought insurance to request care only to find that they weren't yet covered.
    • The actual pace of demand should give insurers more time to process the applications that they need to enter into their systems and issue membership cards.
    • More on Obamacare.
    • Health insurers: AET, HNT, HUM, UNH, WLP, MOH.
    • Hospital operators: HCA, CYH, THC, UHS, HMA, LPNT.
    • Pharmacies: WAG, CVS, BIOS, RAD, MHS, PMC, OCR.
    • ETFS: XLV, XHE, VHT, FXH, IHF, IHI, IYH, PTH, RYH, PSCH, RXL, RXD, XHS.
    | Jan. 5, 2014, 3:48 AM | 53 Comments
  • Jan. 1, 2014, 4:22 AM
    • More than 2.1M people have signed up for Obamacare-mandated health insurance, which has gone into effect today. That's an addition of 1.6M consumers in December, but somewhat below the 3.3M that was initially projected.
    • Administration officials also don't know how many people have paid, while insurers haven't received all the information they need about those who have bought plans. As a result, much confusion is expected when patients turn up for appointments, a situation the government is hoping to help alleviate with a toll-free call center.
    • Around 3.9M people are judged eligible for Medicaid and a related children's insurance program, although it's not known how many have signed up. Another 3M young Americans have coverage under their parents' plans.
    • More on Obamacare.
    • Health insurers: AET, HNT, HUM, UNH, WLP, MOH.
    • Hospital operators: HCA, CYH, THC, UHS, HMA, LPNT.
    • ETFS: XLV, XHE, VHT, FXH, IHF, IHI, IYH, PTH, RYH, PSCH, RXL, RXD, XHS.
    | Jan. 1, 2014, 4:22 AM | 27 Comments
  • Dec. 17, 2013, 6:24 PM
    • Shares of some of the largest U.S. hospital management companies fell after a Citigroup survey of November hospital traffic showed admissions at their weakest level ever.
    • The report showed inpatient admissions down 4%-5% last month, saying a new Medicare billing rule calling for inpatient stays to require at least two nights' stay appears to be hurting hospitals.
    • Although investors generally have been upbeat on the sector because of the implementation of Obamacare, which promises to deliver many more insured patients to hospitals' doors, Citi calls the insurance exchange rollout "paralyzing" for hospitals.
    • Among hospital operators today: HCA -3.4%, CYH -3.4%, THC -1.8%, UHS -0.8%, HMA -0.4%, LPNT -0.2%.
    | Dec. 17, 2013, 6:24 PM
  • Nov. 14, 2013, 8:42 AM
    • Deutsche upgrades LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) to Buy from Hold.
    • Price target is $61 (from $56) representing upside of nearly 20% from Wednesday's close.
    | Nov. 14, 2013, 8:42 AM
  • Nov. 8, 2013, 9:19 AM
    • Amarin (AMRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi. Price target unchanged at $2.50.
    • Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney. Price target hiked to $95 from $60. See: SLXP in deal for SNTS.
    • Tenet Healthcare (THC) initiated at Market Perform at FBR. Price target is $49.
    • Universal Health Services (UHS) initiated at Outperform at FBR. Price target is $94.
    • Quest Diagnostics (DGX) initiated at Market Perform at FBR. Price target is $68.
    • HCA Holdings (HCA) initiated at Outperform at FBR. Price target is $53.
    • Lifepoint (LPNT) initiated at Market Perform at FBR. Price target is $55.
    | Nov. 8, 2013, 9:19 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 25, 2013, 7:09 AM
    • Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT): Q3 EPS of $0.68 beats by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $900.0M (+9.7% Y/Y) beats by $8.7M. (PR)
    | Oct. 25, 2013, 7:09 AM
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  • Oct. 24, 2013, 5:30 PM
  • Aug. 21, 2013, 4:42 PM
    • LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) says CFO Jeffrey Sherman is leaving the company to pursue "another opportunity."
    • Sherman will be replaced by Leif Murphy as of September 14. (PR)
    | Aug. 21, 2013, 4:42 PM
  • Jul. 26, 2013, 7:08 AM
    Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT): Q2 EPS of $0.65 misses by $0.05. Revenue of $894.9M misses by $16.18M. (PR)
    | Jul. 26, 2013, 7:08 AM
  • Jul. 9, 2013, 3:45 PM
    More on the takeover rumors that have shares of Health Management Associates (HMA +8.1%) moving sharply to the upside in afternoon trading: Community Health Systems (CYH +3.9%) is the most likely buyer, sources tell Reuters, although HCA Holdings (HCA +1%) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT +3.3%) are also mentioned as interested parties.
    | Jul. 9, 2013, 3:45 PM
  • Jun. 27, 2013, 12:31 PM

    Hospital companies are experiencing systemic shifts in care delivery, according to a new Fitch Ratings report. Persistently weak trends in organic volume growth were evident across the spectrum in the for-profit hospital sector in Q1, with same-hospital admissions dropping 3.8% on average. Healthcare utilization patterns are likely being influenced by the growth of insurance products with higher patient responsibility for medical costs, and a shift away from strictly volume-based pricing schemes and toward value-based care.

    | Jun. 27, 2013, 12:31 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 6, 2013, 8:22 AM

    Credit Suisse puts out a positive note on non-urban hospitals, saying they are "uniquely positioned" for the U.S.'s healthcare reform. The sector has "the potential to reinvigorate growth elements of the rural market strategy that has historically translated to premium valuation relative to urban peers." CS upgrades LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) to Outperform from Neutral and raises it target price to $60 from $48 vs yesterday's close of $48.64. The bank also ups its price target for Community Health Systems (CYH) to $61 from $55 vs a close of 47.09, and for Health Management Associates (HMA) to $16 from $12 vs $13.60.

    | Jun. 6, 2013, 8:22 AM
  • Apr. 29, 2013, 2:37 PM
    Another hospital stock on the move today after an upgrade: LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT +4.6%). The shares are up strongly after UBS takes the stock to Buy from Neutral. (See also: Upgrades, reimbursement hike fuel hospital stocks & LPNT rises on mixed Q1 report)
    | Apr. 29, 2013, 2:37 PM
  • Apr. 26, 2013, 3:06 PM

    Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT +2.2%) moves up today in spite of posting a mixed first-quarter earnings report. Net revenue jumped 9.4%, largely due to acquisitions as the rural hospital operator's admissions and surgeries continued to drop. On a same-hospital basis, admissions were down 5.9%. Inpatient surgeries declined 10% while outpatient surgeries fell 6.9%. Revenue per patient increased 2.6%. Provisions for doubtful accounts rose 15% to $169.1M.

    | Apr. 26, 2013, 3:06 PM
  • Apr. 26, 2013, 7:16 AM
    Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT): Q1 EPS of $0.69 misses by $0.10. Revenue of $931.1M (+9.4% Y/Y) beats by $7.1M. (PR)
    | Apr. 26, 2013, 7:16 AM
Company Description
LifePoint Health, Inc. operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities in U.S. The company provides medical and surgical services commonly available in hospitals in non-urban markets, including general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology,... More
Sector: Healthcare
Industry: Hospitals
Country: United States