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January 1, 2013
14:16 EDTBBY, UNHESL Investments appoints G. Mike Mikan as president
ESL Investments said it has named G. Mike Mikan as president, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Mikan will report to Edward S. Lampert, chairman and chief executive officer of ESL Investments. Mr. Mikan held various executive positions over a 14-year period at UnitedHealth Group (UNH), including serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer, as well as chief executive officer of its Optum subsidiary. Mr. Mikan has served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy (BBY) since 2008. He was appointed Best Buy’s interim chief executive in April 2012, serving until September 2012.
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April 23, 2014
14:36 EDTUNHEarnings Preview: Aetna shares relatively flat since last earnings report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, April 24 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 $1.56 on revenue of $13.72B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.44-$1.63 on revenue of $13.31B-$14.28B. LAST QUARTER:On February 6, Aetna reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.34 against estimates of $1.36 on revenue of $13.1B against estimates of $13.14B. In its Q4 report, Aetna said it sees medical membership rising by 50,000 at end of Q1. On April 17, Aetna and other health insurers fell after UnitedHealth (UNH) reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and cited taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on results. STREET RESEARCH: On March 25, FBR Capital removed Aetna from its Top Picks List due to share performance. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are up approximately 1.5% to $68.99 since its last earnings report. Shares are fractionally higher today in afternoon trading.
08:24 EDTBBYAppliances may shift from tailwind to headwind this year, says Janney Capital
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April 22, 2014
10:19 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail/LatAm retail analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Hardline Analyst Chai and LatAm Retail Analyst Ford discuss Brazil's largest hardline retailer, Via Varejo and the survival of hardline retailers in a digital age, using as a case study, Best Buy (BBY), on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 23 at 10 am.
08:48 EDTUNHUnitedHealth weakness creates buying opportunity, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital expects UnitedHealth's increased specialty drug costs to be largely offset by favorable prior-period development and muted cost growth from other trend components . The firm thinks that the company's membership growth will be boosted by several catalysts for the rest of the year, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:56 EDTUNHUnitedHealth backs FY14 EPS, revenue guidance
UnitedHealth earlier backed its FY14 EPS view of $5.40-$5.60, consensus $5.59, and its FY14 revenue view of $128B-$129B, consensus $128.94B.
10:51 EDTUNHHealth 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.
06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth:Q1 negatively impacted by ACA taxes, ACA provisions, sequestration
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 Medical Care Ratio 82.5%
Reports Q1 Optum revenue $11.2B
06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.10, consensus $1.09
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April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
10:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated at 48 into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 48, June is at 22, September is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 17.
05:39 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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April 15, 2014
11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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06:32 EDTUNHPatients 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 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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