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July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTWCG, AET, UNH, WLP, CIWellCare 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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March 30, 2015
16:22 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:22 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:59 EDTUNHUnitedHealth in 'ring' with largest competitors after deal, say Piper Jaffray
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09:29 EDTCI, UNHCatamaran buyout a 'significant positive' for holders, says Leerink
Leerink views the buyout by UnitedHealth (UNH) as a "significant positive" for the shareholders of Catamaran (CTRX). The firm does not expect additional bidders to emerge. It also believes Catamaran will retain Cigna (CI) and HealthSpring as a client given the long-term nature of the contract and Catamaran's expertise in Medicare.
09:27 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:41 EDTUNHUnitedHealth shares up 3.8% in pre-market trading following Catamaran deal
06:34 EDTUNHCatamaran Corporation options active into UnitedHealth's OptumRX acquiring
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06:05 EDTUNHCatamaran CEO says board considered 'variety of strategic options'
Mark Thierer, chairman and CEO of Catamaran, said, “Our Board of Directors carefully considered a variety of strategic options and unanimously concluded that this combination is clearly in the best interests of our shareholders. The creation of a differentiated, channel-agnostic delivery model will provide payers and individuals a broader portfolio of services and a deeper product offering while aggressively focusing on managing costs. Together, we believe we will have the talent, scale, technology resources and innovative spirit to build the most modern, effective and consumer-focused PBM in the history of the industry.”
06:04 EDTUNHUnitedHealth's OptumRX to acquire Catamaran for $61.50 per share in cash
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06:03 EDTUNHUnitedHealth's OptumRX to acquire Catamaran for $61.50 per share in cash
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth to acquire Catamaran for $61.50 per share
March 25, 2015
10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:38 EDTUNH, CI, AETPrice targets raised for Managed Care Organizations at UBS
UBS raised its price targets on the Managed Care Organizations in their coverage universe. The firm cites increased volumes, a lack of new legislation, the potential for industry consolidation, and limited exposure to international markets that face a weak macro economic backdrop. UBS raised its price target on Aetna (AET) to $128 from $120, Anthem (ANTM) to $175 from $163, Cigna (CI) to $149 from $140 and United Health (UNH) to $135 from $131. UBS has a Buy rating on all four stocks.
07:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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March 24, 2015
06:12 EDTWCGWellCare says Chairman David Gallitano will not stand for re-election
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March 20, 2015
08:18 EDTUNH, CI, WCG, AETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
10:02 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:20 EDTAETAetna upgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee upgraded Aetna to Buy from Neutral. The firm says that the company is the best-positioned name within the large-cap health plan space , a defensive sector that has little exposure to Europe and reasonable growth prospects, according to the firm.
06:19 EDTAETAetna upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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March 18, 2015
12:46 EDTAETAetna, HackensackAlliance ACO announce collaboration
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