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January 8, 2014
10:41 EDTCVS, WMT, AETAetna adds Wal-Mart to preferred pharmacy network of Aetna CVS plan
Aetna (AET) announced that Walmart (WMT) and Sams Club pharmacies will be added to the preferred pharmacy network of the Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan as of January 1. The Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan is available in 43 states and the District of Columbia.
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April 29, 2015
08:10 EDTAETAetna, CHI Health create product-based accountable care organization in Nebraska
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07:12 EDTCVSCVS Health volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:53 EDTWMTWal-Mart accelerates China expansion, adds 115 new stores, Financial Times says
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April 28, 2015
08:46 EDTAETOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:01 EDTWMTVIVUS announces discount program through Sam's Club for Qsymia
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06:05 EDTAETAetna reports total medical membership totaled 23.67M at March 31, 2015
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06:04 EDTAETAetna reports Q1 Health Care business operating earnings $835.6M
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06:02 EDTAETAetna raises FY15 operating EPS to $7.20-$7.40 from at least $7.00
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06:02 EDTAETAetna reports Q1 operating EPS $2.39, consensus $1.95
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April 27, 2015
20:03 EDTWMTBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
15:04 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:27 EDTAETAetna technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:15 EDTAETEarnings Watch: Aetna to report Q1 results amid continued membership growth
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 28 with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. Aetna operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.95 on revenue of $15.46B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.87-$2.13 on revenue of $15.08B-$16.0B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.22, which was in-line with consensus estimates, on revenue of $14.77B against estimates of $14.6B. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to at least $7.00, against consensus estimates at the time of $7.16. "Aetna achieved record annual operating revenue and operating earnings in 2014, and delivered full-year operating earnings per share at the high end of our most recent projection," said Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini. "Our 2014 operating earnings-per-share results represent an increase of more than 7% over 2013 and a compound annualized growth rate of 15% since 2010. We also ended the year serving more than 23.5M medical members, an increase of approximately 1.4M members from 2013." STREET RESEARCH: On March 19, 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. On March 12, Argus increased its price target on Aetna to $115 from $103 after Aetna's Q4 membership growth exceeded its prior targets. The firm said it thinks the company will deliver sustained membership and revenue growth in 2015. It kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Aetna shares are up approximately 17% since the company's last earnings report on February 3 and are down over 1% in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday morning's earnings.
06:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart fighting for right to sell more alcohol in Texas, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is fighting for the right to sell more alcohol in Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming legal limits on sales of hard liquor are "unconstitutional," the publication says. Wal-Mart has also joined fellow retailers Costco (COST) and Kroger (KR), as well as other groups, to back legislation that would override the current state beverage laws. Reference Link
April 23, 2015
19:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart blocks shareholder vote to examine possible gender bias, Guardian says
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13:16 EDTCVSPharmacies, PBMs seen as potential buyers after Omnicare said to explore sale
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12:08 EDTCVSLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Larsen, along with Mary Ptacek, VP of Pharmaceutical Strategies Group and Ruth Krystopolski, EVP of Sanford Health, discuss the 2016-2017 Pharmacy Benefit Managers selling season and which PBMs are poised to gain share, the impact of WBAs growth plans, recent M&A activity and biosimilars on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 24 at 2 pm.
April 22, 2015
10:28 EDTCVSCVS Health April weekly call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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April 21, 2015
06:18 EDTWMTUS merchants struggle to meet deadline for accepting chip cards, WSJ reports
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April 20, 2015
12:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart workers claim store closings are retaliatory, Fortune says
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