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July 25, 2014
10:52 EDTHUM, WLP, CNC, CI, WCG, AETWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
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October 29, 2014
06:03 EDTWLPWellPoint reports medical enrollment up 0.7% or 259K to 37.5M as of September 30
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06:02 EDTWLPWellPoint sees FY14 EPS excl. items $8.75-$8.85, consensus $8.72
Sees FY14 revenue $73.25B-$73.5B, consensus $73.5B
06:01 EDTWLPWellPoint reports Q3 adjusted EPS $2.36, consensus $2.27
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October 28, 2014
15:44 EDTWLPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Southern Company (SO), consensus $1.07; Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.75; Automatic Data Processing (ADP), consensus 60c; Praxair (PX), consensus $1.63; WellPoint (WLP), consensus $2.27; Exelon (EXC), consensus 73c; Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.23; Hess (HES), consensus $1.08; TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.00; McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), consensus 94c; Waste Management (WM), consensus 68c; Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.08; Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.06; Wisconsin Energy (WEC), consensus 53c; Garmin (GRMN), consensus 71c; Sealed Air (SEE), consensus 46c; DENTSPLY (XRAY), consensus 60c; Goodyear Tire (GT), consensus 70c; Revlon (REV), one estimate 45c; Booz Allen (BAH), consensus 41c; Carlyle Group (CG), consensus 54c.
10:29 EDTCNCCentene management to meet with Oppenheimer
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08:49 EDTWLPWellPoint volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
WellPoint October weekly call option implied volatility is at 63, November is at 30, December is at 26, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 29.
06:19 EDTCNCCentene backs FY14 EPS view of $4.35-$4.50, consensus $3.83
Sees FY14 Premium and Service Revenues $15.3B-$15.8B.
06:16 EDTCNCCentene reports Q3 EPS $1.34, consensus 96c
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06:05 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 Health Care business revenue $14B
The 14% increase is due primarily to membership growth in both of Aetna's Government and Commercial businesses, as well as the effects of pricing actions designed to recover the fees and taxes mandated by health care reform. Reports Q3 Group Insurance revenue $621.4M; Reports Q3 Large Case Pensions revenue $86.3M
06:04 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 medical membership totaled 23.6M at September 30, 2014
Sequentially, third-quarter 2014 medical membership increased by 470,000 due to growth in Aetna's Commercial ASC and Government products. Aetna's third-quarter 2014 Commercial MBR increased over the prior year's MBR primarily as a result of medical cost performance in the smaller middle-market business, costs associated with new hepatitis C treatments, and performance in the individual business, which reflects the impact of programs mandated by health care reform in 2014. This result was partially offset by higher premiums driven in part by pricing actions designed to recover the fees and taxes mandated by health care reform. In the third quarter of 2014, we experienced favorable development of prior-period health care cost estimates in each of our core products, primarily attributable to second quarter 2014 performance.
06:03 EDTAETAetna projects Coventry integratoin earnings accretion of 60c per share
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06:03 EDTAETAetna raises FY14 operating EPS to $6.60-$6.70 from $6.45-$6.60, consensus $6.59
06:02 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 operating EPS $1.79, consensus $1.58
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October 27, 2014
15:36 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:28 EDTHUMMedical Group Management Association to hold a conference
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06:14 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary recommended for contract award by Louisiana DHH
Centene announced that its wholly-owned Louisiana subsidiary, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, has been recommended for a contract award by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, or DHH, to serve its Bayou Health, or Medicaid, beneficiaries. A contract is contingent upon successful negotiations with DHH and approval by the Division of Administration and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, Regional Office. The new Bayou Health contract is expected to commence in early 1Q15. Under the new contract, Louisiana Healthcare Connections expects to serve 320,000-350,000 Medicaid beneficiaries on an at-risk basis via a network of 10,500 primary care providers and specialists. This expansion will more than double annual revenues for Louisiana Healthcare Connections.
October 26, 2014
12:49 EDTCNCCentene announces new claims processing facility
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October 23, 2014
13:40 EDTAETWal-Mart's Sam's Club offering services to small businesses
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October 22, 2014
13:58 EDTHUMHumana hires Goldman to explore sale of urgent care unit, Reuters reports
Humana has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to advise on a potential sale of its urgent care subsidiary, Concentra, according to Reuters, citing three people familiar with the matter. A deal could value the subsidiary, which Humana acquired less than four years ago, at around $1B, the report noted. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
13:01 EDTWLPWellPoint renews agremeent with Healthways to continue SilverSneakers program
SilverSneakers Fitness program will continue to be available to most members of WellPoint’s (WLP) affiliated Medicare Advantage plans as a result of its renewed agreement with Healthways (HWAY), which administers the popular program. SilverSneakers offers fitness programs geared toward older adults, including strength training and aerobic and flexibility exercises. The program offers WellPoint affiliated Medicare Advantage members full memberships at participating fitness facilities nationwide at no extra cost.
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