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MarketWatch MarketPulseNov 20, 2019
Planet Fitness borrows $550 million and says it may use part of funds to reward shareholders
Planet Fitness Inc. said Wednesday it has priced a $550 million securitized financing and may use some of the proceeds to reward its own shareholders. The Hampton, New Hampshire-based company said it expects the deal to close on, or around Dec. 3. Proceeds will be used to pay transaction costs, for working capital and general corporate purposes "which may include a return of capital to the company's equity holders The company said its board has approved a share buyback program of up to $500 million. The operator of fitness studios says it had 1,899 outlets in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico at end September. Shares were down 0.4% Wednesday, but have gained 33% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 24%.

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Yahoo BusinessNov 20, 2019
These 3 "Strong Buy" Healthcare Stocks Have 40% Upside — Or More, Says Cowen
The world's population is getting older, rapidly. According to the United Nations, the fastest-growing age group across the world is adults aged 65 and older, with it predicting one out of every six people will be 65 or older by 2050. This means that the age group will make up 16% of the world's total population, 9% higher than it was in 2011, with this figure expected to be larger in North Africa and Europe.To this end, investors are looking for ways to capitalize on the growing opportunity within the healthcare space. In order to pinpoint the most compelling opportunities capable of delivering handsome returns through 2020 and beyond, we turned to the seasoned pros from investing firm Cowen & Co.Using TipRanks.com, we were able to get the full scoop on 3 healthcare stocks that the firm's top rated analysts are picking. If it wasn't enough that each has received enough Street Support over the last three months to achieve a "Strong Buy" consensus rating, all of the names boast impressive upside potential. We're talking more than 45% here.BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) BioMarin is best known for developing innovative therapies to meet the needs of patients with orphan disease, a group of diseases that affects less than 200,000 people in the U.S. The group includes cystic fibrosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Tourette's syndrome as well as several others.Even though shares have experienced some rockiness year-to-date, 5-star Cowen analyst Phil Nadeau reminds investors that BMR
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