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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.
News For AET;UNH;CI;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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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 20, 2015
08:18 EDTCI, UNH, 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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March 17, 2015
09:00 EDTAETAetna management to meet with JPMorgan
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