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February 8, 2013
11:56 EDTCTRX, CICigna may kepp its PBM, says Wedbush
Wedbush believes Cigna (CI) will keep its PBM following recent job positing and strategic hires to help develop a multi-year PBM strategy and build an exchange-friendly product in 2013. Catamaran (CTRX) was thought to be the likely buyer and would be able to use the additional volumes in its unit cost negotiations with pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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April 16, 2015
06:05 EDTCTRXUnitedHealth says Catamaran combination to contribute 30c to 2016 earnings
April 15, 2015
11:51 EDTCTRXExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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April 13, 2015
10:58 EDTCICigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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07:33 EDTCIJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
April 9, 2015
09:21 EDTCI, CTRXCatamaran said to be likley to keep Cigna contract, CT Financial News reports
Brain Tanquilut, senior VP, Healthcare Services Equity Research at Jefferies, believes there is "precedent out there that suggests Catamaran’s (CTRX) contract with Cigna (CI) "is safe” despite UnitedHealth's (UNH) recent deal to buy the pharmacy benefits manager, according to CT Financial News. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
10:01 EDTCTRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Almost Family (AFAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Annaly Capital (NLY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Trina Solar (TSL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... WebMD (WBMD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Yingli Green Energy (YGE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Zep Inc. (ZEP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Wunderlich.
07:31 EDTCTRXCatamaran downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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April 7, 2015
10:23 EDTCIMedicare Advantage 2016 rates set above expectations
The U.S. yesterday announced higher than expected 2016 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates. The news is seen as benefiting managed care companies with large exposure to the Medicare Advantage program. WHAT'S NEW: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, yesterday afternoon announced that Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates would rise 1.25% in 2016 from 2015 levels. In February, CMS proposed a 0.95% reduction in Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates for 2016. This year, reimbursement rates have fallen 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Humana (HUM) said this morning in a regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, the company expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation, the company explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Scott Fidel wrote that this is the first time in seven years that CMS has implemented an increase in Medicare Advantage rates. However, noting that CMS said it had raised its estimates for Medicare costs, Fidel added that this forecast tempered the positive outlook created by the reimbursement increase. The analyst kept Buy ratings on the following stocks in the sector: Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Cigna (CI), Magellan Health (MGLN), and UnitedHealth (UNH). Stifel analysts said that the results were modestly better than expected, except for the agency's decision not to make a Star rating adjustment for plans with certain higher acuity populations. The firm thinks that more diversified managed care companies with Medicare Advantage products could be boosted by CMS' decision, identifying Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth as being among the companies in that category. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna was little changed at $107.40, Anthem was flat near $155 per share, Cigna slipped 0.4% to $131.34, Magellan was flat at $71, UnitedHealth added 0.5% to $118.31 and Humana gained fractionally to $178.54.
10:05 EDTCTRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTCTRXCatamaran downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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08:20 EDTCICowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
07:57 EDTCIManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:41 EDTCI2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
05:48 EDTCTRXCatamaran downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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April 6, 2015
13:12 EDTCTRXCatamaran purchase expected to clear antitrust hurdles, CT Financial News says
Optum, a unit of UnitedHealth (UNH), is expected to face close scrutiny by regulators over its proposed acquisition of Catamaran (CTRX) and its pharmacy benefits management unit, but the deal is likely to be approved by regulators, CT Financial News reports, adding that the prospective deal could start a wave of consolidation among PBMs. Norm Smith, president and founder of health care research firm Viewpoint Consulting, believes the ultimate beneficiaries of the OptumRx/Catamaran deal will be consumers and health insurers. Reference Link
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10:02 EDTCTRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
08:57 EDTCTRXCatamaran downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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07:57 EDTCTRX, CILeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.

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