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June 3, 2014
06:36 EDTWCG, CNCCentene downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Centene (CNC) to Sell saying that Ascension Health is not buying a publicly traded health plan, as has been speculated. Citi notes that in a recent bond document, Ascension stated that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to buy an insurance company, saying the purchase price "would not be material." Shares of Centene (CNC) and WellCare (WCG) rallied last week on the speculation, the firm points out. Citi sees near-term earnings risk for Centene and keeps a $65 price target for shares.
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April 17, 2015
08:04 EDTCNCCentene's Nurtur receives full URAC accreditation
Centene announced that Nurtur, its health and wellness subsidiary, received full Disease Management Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.
April 13, 2015
10:58 EDTCNC, WCGCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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07:33 EDTCNC, WCGJefferies 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).

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