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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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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTAETStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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11:00 EDTAETOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:59 EDTAETFBR 'lukewarm' on potential Aetna, Humana deal
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07:55 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $150 from $145 at Leerink
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06:08 EDTAETAetna implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index
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06:01 EDTAETHumana could reach deal to sell itself by next week, NY Times reports
According to a source, Humana (HUM) is pursuing a deal to sell itself and an agreement could be reached by next week, The New York Times reports. Aetna (AET) and Cigna (CI) are said to be in the running to buy Humana. Bloomberg previously reported that a deal could be reached as early as this weekend. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
17:03 EDTAETVeracyte signs national network agreement with Aetna
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16:23 EDTAETOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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14:44 EDTAETHumana options active on nearing deal to be acquired by Aetna
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13:57 EDTAETHumana spikes on nearing deal to be acquired by Aetna
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13:53 EDTAETHumana nearing deal to be acquired by Aetna, Bloomberg reports
Aetna (AET) is nearing an acquisition of Humana (HUM) and a deal could be reached as early as this weekend, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Aetna's bid includes cash and stock, and talks between the two the companies picked up after Anthem (ANTM) came public with a bid for Cigna (CI), Bloomberg adds. Both Aetna and Cigna bid for Humana, a source told Bloomberg, with Humana's board preferring the offer from Aetna. Shares of Humana are up $14.72 to $198.95 following Bloomberg's report. Reference Link
13:43 EDTAETHumana received offer from Cigna, Aetna, prefers Aetna, Bloomberg says
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13:43 EDTAETAetna nearing deal to acquire Humana, Bloomberg reports
11:06 EDTAETHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:11 EDTAETACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
09:40 EDTAETMultiple parties expressing interest in Humana, CNBC reports
Humana (HUM) has received expressions of interest from multiple companies, CNBC's David Faber reports. The interest does not mean multiples bids are forthcoming, Faber added.
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTAETWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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10:00 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:36 EDTAETAetna initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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June 23, 2015
07:44 EDTAETHumana takeover looks unlikely below $210/share, says Leerink
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