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January 8, 2014
10:41 EDTAET, WMT, CVSAetna adds Wal-Mart to preferred pharmacy network of Aetna CVS plan
Aetna (AET) announced that Walmart (WMT) and Samís 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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July 28, 2014
12:21 EDTCVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:39 EDTWMTWells says potential for competing Family Dollar bid an unknown
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10:36 EDTAETAetna and Geisinger Health System reach five-year agreement
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09:17 EDTCVSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:22 EDTCVSHorizon Pharma said Duexis, Vimovo to be placed on CVS, Express exlclusion lists
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July 27, 2014
08:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart doesn't look cheap, Barron's says
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July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTAETWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
10:52 EDTAETWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
July 24, 2014
11:32 EDTWMTWal-Mart U.S. CEO change not likely due to current trends, says RW Baird
RW Baird believes the departure of Bill Simon from his post as CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. has more to do with the executive's long-term career planning than with current trends, which the firm believes remain sluggish. Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $84 price target on Wal-Mart.
08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility at historic low into Foran succeeding Simon as U.S. CEO
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08:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Greg Foran as president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
Walmart announced that Greg Foran has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. Foran succeeds Bill Simon who has been in the role since June 2010 and will be transitioning out of the company. Foran will assume his responsibilities on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months to ensure a seamless transition.
06:56 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart to show bribery probe documents, Reuters says
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart Stores must show a shareholder documentation that has to do with the firm's internal investigation of allegations it paid bribes in Mexico, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman. Reference Link
06:50 EDTAETConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTAETCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTAETAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
06:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces prices more intensly for back-to-school, Bloomberg says
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July 21, 2014
06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
08:39 EDTCVSCVS Caremark signs new affiliations with four major health care providers
CVS Caremark has entered into new clinical affiliations with four major health care providers in Connecticut, Texas, South Carolina and Louisiana. Through these clinical affiliations the patients of these health care providers will receive access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark.
07:42 EDTCVSCVS Caremark earnings could beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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July 15, 2014
05:53 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; CSCO WMT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Cisco (CSCO) 23, Wal-Mart (WMT) 13 according to iVolatility.
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