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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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September 22, 2015
20:02 EDTAETClinton vows $250 cap on monthly drug costs in blast against biotechs, insurers
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton railed against biotech companies as well as health insurers at a community health care forum in Iowa on Tuesday. Clinton began her speech by praising the Affordable Care Act, but quickly noted that she wants to strengthen it due to what she called the rising cost of prescription drugs. She explained, "Our pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries deserve credit... [But] too often, these drugs cost a fortune. Now, sometimes there is a good reason for that. Scientific breakthroughs are often the result of major investment... so it may makes sense, for a short period of time, to have to charge a lot of money for a drug. But when a drug has no competition, when there aren't any other treatments that can do what it does, pharmaceutical companies can charge astronomical fees far beyond anything that it would take to recoup their investment, and far beyond what they charge consumers anywhere else in the world outside of America." Referencing the recent criticism against Turing Pharmaceuticals, Clinton went on to say that "pharmaceutical companies that acquire an existing affordable drug that people rely on, and then turn around and charge a fortune for it, [are just betting] on the fact that desperate people will find some way to pay for it." Preemptively responding to questions of whether greater regulation will dampen investment, Clinton commented that "some people worry that my proposals will threaten innovation, but I have designed a plan that will do exactly the opposite... Under my plan, drug companies that want to keep getting federal support will have to redirect more of their profits into meaningful investments in research and development." Clinton also criticized incremental drug improvements, saying that "too often, so-called new drugs are really old drugs that have just been tweaked a little bit, but then they're marketed as breakthrough drugs and they're sold for high prices." The Democratic candidate went on to condemn advertising in the drug industry, remarking that "I also want to tackle direct to consumer advertising... Other countries ban these ads because they are so often misleading. But at the very least, we shouldn't be encouraging them with corporate write-offs... Under my plan, we will instead use that taxpayer money to fund innovation... I would also like to make sure any ads the drug industry does run are approved by the FDA." Moving more broadly onto Medicaid and health insurers, Clinton stated, "I believe Medicare should be able to negotiate for lower prices for its members... I will require drug companies to provide higher rebates for prescription drugs to low income Medicare patients, just like they have to do for Medicaid patients... I think the insurance companies need to be put on notice." Providing more concrete details of her plan, Clinton concluded, "I will cap out of pocket drug costs for working families. You won't have to pay more than $250 a month for covered medications... Particularly for people who have a chronic illness. Also under my plan, you will be able to import cheaper drugs from other countries legally. If the medicine you need costs less in Canada, you should be able to buy it from Canada or any other country that meets our safety standards... I will also make sure we have more generics on the market [by boosting funding for] the FDA's office of generic drugs."
14:52 EDTAETAetna plans to raise Humana wages after merger, Bloomberg says
Aetna (AET) CEO Mark Bertolini plans to raise wages to $16 per hour for about 10,000 low-wage Humana (HUM) employees if the prospective merger of the two companies goes through, reports Bloomberg, citing written testimony at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing. "Our hope is these initiatives will help reduce employee turnover," explained Bertolini. Reference Link
08:37 EDTAETAetna, Anthem CEOs set to testify to Senate committee, WSJ reports
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07:47 EDTAETSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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