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March 21, 2014
11:30 EDTESRX, WLP, CNC, CI, MOHAnalyst sees Express Scripts benefiting from WellPoint member growth
After health insurer WellPoint (WLP) estimated that the number of people using its health insurance would rise by 1M-1.3M this year, Citigroup expects Express scripts to benefit from the increase. WHAT'S NEW: WellPoint announced that it expects its medical member base to rise by 1M-1.3M in 2014. The company also increased its 2014 earnings per share guidance to at least $8.20 per share, up from $8. In a note to investors earlier today, Citigroup analyst Garen Sarafian wrote that WellPoint had increased the outlook for its medical membership base from previous levels and that the insurer now predicts that the number of its medical members will rise by 3%-4% in 2014. Express Scripts, which provides pharmacy benefit management services for WellPoint, obtained over 12% of its 2013 revenue from WellPoint, the analyst stated. WellPoint's stronger than expected growth could lift Express Script's 2014 earnings per share by up to 7c, wrote Sarafian. He kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on Express Script. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Express Scripts lost 0,4% to $77.65 and WellPoint added 0.7% to $100.45. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other health insurers are rising in the wake of WellPoint's announcement, with Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), and Molina (MOH) all higher by about 1%.
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September 19, 2014
06:49 EDTWLP, CI, CNC, MOHGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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September 18, 2014
07:52 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary Sunshine Health awarded Commendable Accreditation from NCQA
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September 17, 2014
15:41 EDTWLPUnitedHealth to replace WellPoint as Georgia SHBP provider, says Deutsche Bank
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14:43 EDTWLPUnitedHealth to replace WellPoint as Georgia SHBP provider, says Deutsche Bank
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10:00 EDTCIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
08:38 EDTCICigna upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
As previously reported, Susquehanna upgraded Cigna to Positive from Neutral. The firm believes Cigna's earnings are poised to accelerate driven by a reduction in ACA related losses, conservative medical cost ratio assumptions, buybacks, and normal business growth. Price target raised to $115 from $77.
07:06 EDTCICigna upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
September 15, 2014
13:27 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare to host investor day
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September 11, 2014
10:19 EDTCNCCentene management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in St. Louis on September 11 hosted by Oppenheimer.
10:00 EDTESRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:30 EDTESRXExpress Scripts downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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September 9, 2014
06:54 EDTWLPWellPoint still sees FY14 adjusted EPS over $8.60, consensus $8.71
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