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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.
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July 23, 2015
09:13 EDTCIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTCIAnthem to pay $188 per share for Cigna, CNBC's Faber reports
Anthem (ANTM) is said to announce a deal tomorrow morning to acquire Cigna (CI) for $188 per share, with 55% in cash and 45% in stock, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Reference Link
July 22, 2015
18:53 EDTCIAnthem nears agreement to buy Cigna for $187 per share, WSJ says
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18:30 EDTCICigna up 7% following DJ report that Anthem nearing deal to acquire company
18:24 EDTCIAnthem nears deal to buy Cigna for around $187 per share, DJ says
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08:43 EDTAETAetna positioned to report good Q2 results, says BMO Capital
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July 17, 2015
10:21 EDTCICigna says 98.4% of customers treated with hep C drug Harvoni are cured
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07:50 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, Catamaran deal will close earlier than expected, says UBS
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July 16, 2015
19:17 EDTUNH, AET, CI, WCGAffordable Care Act plan prices to increase 11.2% in 2016, WSJ says
State regulators will begin approving plan price increases for insurance plans purchased on Care Actís exchanges as early as this month, reports the Wall Street Journal. Nearly every state has plans with premiums increasing over 10%, with some as high as 30%-50%, the Journal adds. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Reference Link
13:53 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $135 from $115 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Joseph France raised his price target for UnitedHealth shares to $135 to reflect the company's Q2 earnings upside and the acquisition of Catamaran (CTRX). France reiterates a Hold rating on stock.
09:33 EDTUNHUnitedHealth does not expect Catamaran to contribute to earnings this year
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09:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects medical cost trend on lower end of forecast
09:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says 'nothing changed' in terms of M&A strategy
The company expects to continue to build on its capabilities.
09:08 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects EPS to accelerate in 2016
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08:30 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $13.6B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Employer & Individual revenue up 10% to $11.8B
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06:04 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 medical care ratio 81.4%
Medical cost trends remained controlled and consistent with management expectations. Reserves developed favorably by a total of $90M in the quarter. Reports Q2 operating cost ratio of 16.1%.
06:03 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.25-$6.35 from $6.15-$6.30, consensus $6.26
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.64, consensus $1.59
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