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October 17, 2012
12:09 EDTWCG, CVH, CNCCentene jumps on plans to terminate Kentucky deal
Centene (CNC), which provides services related to Medicaid, announced that it had terminated its Medicaid contract with the state of Kentucky. The company said it believes that its contract with the state gives it the right to take this step, and it expects to terminate the deal effective July 5, 2013. Centene added that it has filed a "formal dispute" for damages that it incurred under the contract. The company anticipates recording a pre-tax premium deficiency reserve ranging from $60M-$70M related to the Kentucky operations in the quarter ended September 30. In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Peter Costa wrote that Centene's earnings had been pressured by very high medical costs in Kentucky. The company's exit from the contract should mitigate the negative impact that Kentucky has had on the company's earnings, the analyst added. Meanwhile, Centene's move could cause problems for two of its competitors, Conventry (CVH) and WellCare (WCG), according to Costa. Centene's more expensive Medicaid recipients are likely to move to plans offered by those companies, he explained. The analyst maintained Outperform ratings on Centene and Coventry, and a Market Perform rating on WellCare. In late morning trading, Centene climbed $3.73, or 10.66%, to $38.71, while Coventry lost 0.43% to $43.56 and WellCare gained 1.04% to $54.24.
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April 24, 2014
11:41 EDTWCGWellCare May volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue outlook
WellCare May call option implied volatility is at 44, June is at 36, September and December is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 6.
April 23, 2014
10:11 EDTCNCHigh option volume stocks: CNC JNS SAVE GWPH IAU
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April 22, 2014
12:00 EDTCNCCentene rises 11.7%
Centene is up 11.7%, or $6.71, to $64.00
10:00 EDTCNCCentene rises 11.9%
Centene is up 11.9%, or $6.81, to $64.10
06:13 EDTCNCCentene raises FY14 EPS view to $3.60-$3.90, consensus $3.59
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06:08 EDTCNCCentene reports Q1 EPS ex-items 79c, consensus 44c
Reports Q1 revenue $3.46B, consensus $3.25B. Reports diluted EPS of 79c excluding 16c of net cost associated with the health insurer fee and 6c of U.S. Medical Management acquisition transaction costs. Michael F. Neidorff, Centene's chairman and CEO, stated, "The company continues to diversify and add capabilities to the business, driving significant revenue and earnings growth year over year in Q1. Our guidance increase is driven by strong Q1 results across all metrics providing positive momentum for the remainder of the year."
April 16, 2014
10:00 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
05:34 EDTCNCCentene initiated with a Neutral at UBS
Target $62.
April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTWCG, CNCPatients 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 14, 2014
10:23 EDTWCGHigh option volume stocks: CCL WCG LSI INTU IACI
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April 10, 2014
15:56 EDTWCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
Wellcare (WCG) which has previously been speculated as a takeover target by analysts, is being studied as a target by Wellpoint (WLP), according to the Betaville blog, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Shares of WellCare, which have been lower throughout the session, briefly spiked following the blog post, but have returned to negative territory in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:52 EDTWCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
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