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July 28, 2014
14:58 EDTAETEarnings Preview: Aetna shares up 16% since last earnings report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 29, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.60 on revenue of $13.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.50-$1.77 on revenue of $13.23B-$14.51B. LAST QUARTER: On April 24, Aetna reported first quarter EPS of $1.98 against estimates of $1.56 on revenue of $13.99B against estimates of $13.72B. Aetna said operating revenues for Q1 were $14B compared with $9.5B in Q1 of the previous year. The 47% increase in operating revenues was primarily the result of higher Health Care premiums from the acquisition of Coventry and pricing actions designed to recover Health Care Reform mandated fees and taxes as well as membership growth in our underlying Health Care businesses. STREET RESEARCH: On June 10, Credit Suisse said meetings with Aetna management were upbeat and reinforced its positive view. Management noted cost trends remained muted and were optimistic on Community Health integration, public/private exchanges and M&A. Shares are Outperform rated with a price target of $90. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are up more than 16% since its last earnings report. Shares are 1.7% higher today in afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
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October 28, 2014
06:05 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 Health Care business revenue $14B
The 14% increase is due primarily to membership growth in both of Aetna's Government and Commercial businesses, as well as the effects of pricing actions designed to recover the fees and taxes mandated by health care reform. Reports Q3 Group Insurance revenue $621.4M; Reports Q3 Large Case Pensions revenue $86.3M
06:04 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 medical membership totaled 23.6M at September 30, 2014
Sequentially, third-quarter 2014 medical membership increased by 470,000 due to growth in Aetna's Commercial ASC and Government products. Aetna's third-quarter 2014 Commercial MBR increased over the prior year's MBR primarily as a result of medical cost performance in the smaller middle-market business, costs associated with new hepatitis C treatments, and performance in the individual business, which reflects the impact of programs mandated by health care reform in 2014. This result was partially offset by higher premiums driven in part by pricing actions designed to recover the fees and taxes mandated by health care reform. In the third quarter of 2014, we experienced favorable development of prior-period health care cost estimates in each of our core products, primarily attributable to second quarter 2014 performance.
06:03 EDTAETAetna projects Coventry integratoin earnings accretion of 60c per share
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06:03 EDTAETAetna raises FY14 operating EPS to $6.60-$6.70 from $6.45-$6.60, consensus $6.59
06:02 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 operating EPS $1.79, consensus $1.58
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October 27, 2014
15:36 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 23, 2014
13:40 EDTAETWal-Mart's Sam's Club offering services to small businesses
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