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August 7, 2014
12:29 EDTUNH, WLP, AET, CIHealth insurers fall after two downgrades from Goldman
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on one stock in the sector and removed another from its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman analyst Matthew Borsch downgraded his rating on Aetna (AET) to Neutral from Buy and removed UnitedHealth (UNH) from the firm's Conviction List, as he believes that other stocks in the healthcare sector are more attractive. Utilization of healthcare services by individuals who don't have the Affordable Care Act is likely to show signs of increasing by 2015, posing a "manageable" challenge to health insurers, Borsch wrote. However, the increase in the utilization of these services is likely to be "relatively gradual" compared with similar trends in the past, the analyst contended. Borsch based his forecast on healthcare spending trends during previous economic recoveries. He reduced his 2015 earnings estimate for Aetna to $7 from $7.10 and for United Health to $5.95 from $6. He reduced his 2015 EPS estimates for other companies in the sector, as his earnings outlook for WellPoint (WLP) declined to $9.20 from $9.35, while his estimate for Cigna (CI) for next year dropped to $7.90 from $8. The analyst kept Neutral ratings on both WellPoint and Cigna. Meanwhile, Borsch cut his price target on Aetna to $88 from $91 and on UnitedHealth to $91 from $96. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Aetna fell 3% to $76, UnitedHealth slumped 2.5% to $79.50, WellPoint declined 2.5% to $108, and Cigna retreated 2.5% to $89.
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December 17, 2014
10:51 EDTAET, UNH, CILeerink 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 15, 2014
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 EDTUNH, CI, AET, WLPDeal 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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