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February 10, 2014
11:30 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $75 from $65 at Cantor
Cantor raised its price target on Aetna to $75 citing the company's progress over the past year and the firm's belief that the Coventry purchase significantly enhances the company's government business. The firm maintains its Hold rating on the stock, citing uncertainty about rates and utilization headwinds.
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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTAETOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:51 EDTAETHealth insurers slide after UnitedHealth results, cautious comments
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after the largest company in the sector, UnitedHealth (UNH), reported slightly higher than expected first quarter profit but lower than expected revenue. WHAT'S NEW: UnitedHealth's first quarter earnings per share came in at $1.10, versus the consensus outlook of $1.09. The insurer reported revenue of $31.71B, compared with the consensus outlook of $31.99B. Taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on UnitedHealth's earnings, the company stated. Also pushing down the company's earnings was "a very expensive," new Hepatitis C therapy, UnitedHealth stated on its earnings conference call. Hepatitis C treatments cost UnitedHealth hundreds of millions of dollars in the first quarter, the company stated, though it also noted that demand for the treatments should drop going forward as initial pent-up demand for them starts to decline. The company indicated that it was looking to be reimbursed by states for the money it is spending on hepatitis vaccines for Medicaid patients. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth reiterated its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $5.40-$5.60 and its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance of $128B-$129B. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, UnitedHealth sank 3.7% to $75.31. Other health insurers also declined, with WellPoint (WLP) dropping 4% to $91.89, Aetna (AET) falling 3.3% to $67.54, Humana (HUM) declining 2.25% to $106.35, and Health Net (HNT) sliding 1% to $31.74.
April 16, 2014
10:08 EDTAETUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTAETPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 11, 2014
10:05 EDTAETAetna, Tenet form accountable care collaboration in San Antonio
Aetna (AET), Tenetís (THC) Baptist Health System and HealthTexas Medical Group announced an accountable care collaboration and the introduction of the Aetna Whole Health product in the San Antonio area. The health plans, designed for fully insured customers with employees who live or work in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall counties, will be available on July 1.
April 8, 2014
10:18 EDTAETCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTAETLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTAETCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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