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August 7, 2014
10:25 EDTAET, AET, WCG, WCG, UAM, UAM, UNH, UNH, MOH, MOH, MGLN, MGLN, HUM, HUM, HNT, HNT, CI, CI, CNC, CNC, WLP, WLPLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte, along with MEDACorp Specialist George Beauregard, discusses the future of ACOs: Investable Insights for a Changing Healthcare Landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AET, CNC, CI, HNT, HUM, MGLN, MOH, UNH, UAM, WCG and WLP may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 14 at 11 am.
News For AET;CNC;CI;HNT;HUM;MGLN;MOH;UNH;UAM;WCG;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTHUM, MOH, UNH, CI, AETEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
13:10 EDTAETAetna technical comments ahead of earnings
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07:03 EDTAETAetna volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Aetna February weekly call option implied volatility is at 47, February and March is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 1.
January 28, 2016
17:01 EDTAETAetna enters four-year reinsurance arrangement with Vitality Re VII
Aetna announced it has entered into a four-year reinsurance arrangement with Vitality Re VII. The arrangement allows Aetna to reduce its required capital and provides $200M of collateralized excess of loss reinsurance coverage on a portion of Aetna's group commercial health insurance business.
06:24 EDTUNHAnthem added to Focus List at Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe added Anthem (ANTM) to his firm's Focus List. As Anthem and Express Scripts (ESRX) continue to negotiate their pharmacy benefits manager contract, the analyst sees UnitedHealth (UNH) as a potential alternative for Anthem. Regardless of the outcome, Anthem is in the "driver's seat for significant savings/upside," which is not reflected in the stock. Giacobbe tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $172 price target.
January 27, 2016
07:14 EDTCNCCentene preannouncement positive, says Oppenheimer
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January 26, 2016
17:07 EDTCNCCentene sees FY16 adj. EPS $4.10-$4.40, consensus $3.77
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17:05 EDTCNCCentene sees Q4 EPS 95c, consensus 83c
Sees Q4 revenue $6.3B, consensus $6.13B. EPS outlook excludes Health Net merger related costs.
17:03 EDTCNCCentene sees FY15 EPS $3.03, consensus $2.92
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16:20 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
10:39 EDTCNCCentene falls below major support at $60
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January 25, 2016
19:28 EDTCNCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Swift Transportation (SWFT), up 5.4%... Sanmina (SANM), up 4.6%... Rambus (RMBS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 12.9% after filing a New Animal Drug Application with the FDA... Relypsa (RLYP), up 16.5% after announcing results from Veltassa drug-drug interaction studies. LOWER: Centene (CNC), down 1.9% after announcing an internal search for six hard drives that are unaccounted for.
17:38 EDTCNCCentene announces internal search for six hard drives
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15:24 EDTUNHExpress Scripts off highs after Clinton tweets critical NPR report
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09:08 EDTHUM, CI, AETCalifornia seen asking for few remedies in health insurance mergers, CTFN says
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08:23 EDTUNH, CI, MOH, AET, HUMLeerink sees 'strong' buying opportunity in Managed Care space
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January 22, 2016
11:07 EDTCICigna pullback on sanctions presents buying opportunity, says Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe noted that the CMS sanctions and enrollment suspension imposed on Cigna's (CI) Medicare Advantage and PDP plans don't impact current members and are a tool used by CMS to force Cigna to tighten up perceived deficiencies with its operations. Giacobbe expects management to remediate these issues as soon as possible and recommends using any pullback in Cigna as a buying opportunity, as he continues to view its Anthem (ANTM) deal as a positive catalyst.
10:16 EDTCICigna sanctions unlikely to impact Anthem deal closing, says Sterne Agee CRT
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08:07 EDTCICigna down 3% after reporting CMS sanctions on Medicare Advantage contracts
08:05 EDTCICigna says CMS to impose sanctions on Medicare Advantage contracts
In a regulatory filing, Cigna announced it was notified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, of its intent to impose intermediate sanctions suspending the enrollment of and marketing to new customers of all Cigna Medicare Advantage and Standalone Prescription Drug Plan Contracts, effective at 11:59 p.m. on January 21. The suspension does not impact current Cigna Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D enrollees' benefits or plans, Cigna noted. The company said: "CMS imposed sanctions due to deficiencies discovered with Cigna's operations of its Parts C and D appeals and grievances, Part D formulary and benefit administration, and compliance program. Cigna is working to resolve these matters as quickly as possible and is cooperating fully with CMS on its review. Cigna is committed to its customers and ensuring that its customers have access to the quality healthcare, customer service and prescription drugs that they need."
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