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August 7, 2014
12:29 EDTAET, UNH, CI, WLPHealth 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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September 19, 2014
06:49 EDTWLP, UNH, AET, CIGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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September 17, 2014
15:41 EDTUNH, WLPUnitedHealth to replace WellPoint as Georgia SHBP provider, says Deutsche Bank
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14:43 EDTWLP, UNHUnitedHealth to replace WellPoint as Georgia SHBP provider, says Deutsche Bank
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10:00 EDTCIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
08:38 EDTCICigna upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
As previously reported, Susquehanna upgraded Cigna to Positive from Neutral. The firm believes Cigna's earnings are poised to accelerate driven by a reduction in ACA related losses, conservative medical cost ratio assumptions, buybacks, and normal business growth. Price target raised to $115 from $77.
07:06 EDTCICigna upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
September 15, 2014
07:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth extends relationship with Healthways
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September 9, 2014
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS outlook $6.45, consensus $6.58
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06:54 EDTWLPWellPoint still sees FY14 adjusted EPS over $8.60, consensus $8.71
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September 8, 2014
08:06 EDTUNHInsperity, UnitedHealth extend contract through 2017
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07:26 EDTAETMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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