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July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTWLP, CI, WCG, AET, UNHWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
News For AET;CI;UNH;WCG;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
07:15 EDTWCGWellCare identified as favorite mid-cap stock for 2015 at Stifel
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December 17, 2014
10:51 EDTCI, WCG, UNH, AETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte provides outlook and favorite names for 2015 in the Hospitals and Managed Care Industry on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 18 at 1 pm.
December 16, 2014
08:50 EDTWCGWellCare appoints Blair Todt as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
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December 15, 2014
16:02 EDTWCGWellCare names current COO Kenneth Burdick as CEO
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07:40 EDTWLPExpress Scripts price target raised to $96 from $82 at UBS
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December 12, 2014
13:52 EDTAET, UNHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:46 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $103 from $92 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Aetna's price target to $103 based on updated guidance and longer term growth opportunities.
08:03 EDTAETAetna 2015 EPS guidance cautious, says Wells Fargo
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December 11, 2014
08:50 EDTAETAetna sees operating EPS highest in 1Q15
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December 10, 2014
17:04 EDTAETAetna sees FY15 operating EPS at least $6.90, consensus $7.17
Sees FY15 operating revenue at least $62B, consensus $61.68B. Guidance to be confirmed at investor conference in New York on December 11.
17:02 EDTAETAetna backs FY14 operating EPS $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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14:45 EDTWLP, AET, WCG, UNH, CIDeal would block payments to health insurance companies, The Hill says
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December 9, 2014
14:22 EDTAETAetna updates clinical policy for H.P. Acthar Gel
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December 5, 2014
06:21 EDTAETAetna to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on December 11 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link

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