The U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council plans to hold a meeting next week to discuss "the annual reevaluation of the designation of a nonbank financial company
The New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee narrowly approved a bill aimed at restoring the Affordable Care Act's individual insurance mandate
Elsewhere, on the second day of his Capitol Hill budget road show, several House and Senate Democratic members questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar
Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, met House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., to discuss an effort to include measures to stabilize the ACA
Catalina's planned deal
Navigators Group Inc.'s board declared a quarterly cash dividend
Many insurance stocks
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Roche to buy Alphabet-backed Flatiron; US healthcare market ripe for disruption: The healthcare market in the U.S., which spent $3.3 trillion in 2016 on medical products and services, is ripe for disruption from a new entrant — especially Amazon.com Inc. — due to steep costs, growing consumerism, lack of transparency as well as strong regulatory oversight, S&P Global Ratings said in a report.
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Financial news in other parts of the world
Europe: Allianz Q4'17 profit falls 22.3% YOY; AXA eyes Q2 for partial IPO of US biz
Middle East & Africa: Iran moves to stem rial slide; Ethiopia PM resigns; Egypt central bank rates cut
Latin America: S&P cuts ratings on Venezuelan bonds; Seguros Bolivar, Bupa ink agreement
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher opening for the U.S. market.
In Asia, the Hang Seng was up 1.97% to 31,115.43, and the Nikkei 225 was up 1.19% to 21,720.25.
In Europe, as of midday, the FTSE 100 had risen 0.56% to 7,275.10, and the Euronext 100 had climbed 0.88% to 1,108.42.
On the macro front
The housing starts report, the import and export prices report, the consumer sentiment report, the e-commercial retail sales report and the Baker-Hughes Rig Count report are due out today.