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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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January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTAETGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTAETAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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10:47 EDTAETBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
January 13, 2015
07:58 EDTAETAetna sees 2014 total medical membership exceeding 23.4M member view
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will meet with investors and analysts before and after a presentation at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and report that the company projects that its year-end 2014 total medical membership will exceed its previously disclosed projection of approximately 23.4M members, Aetna disclosed. Bertolini will also report that, based on results of the Medicare Annual Election Period and the Individual Public Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment period to date, Aetna projects that its 1Q15 Medicare Advantage and Individual Public Exchange membership will exceed its previous projections.
07:55 EDTAETAetna backs FY15 operating EPS view of at least $6.90, consensus $7.15
Aetna backs FY15 operating revenue projection of at least $62B, consensus $62.55B.
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS at high-end of $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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06:36 EDTAETAetna to increase wages for lowest-paid workers, WSJ reports
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