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March 21, 2014
11:30 EDTCI, ESRX, CNC, MOH, WLPAnalyst 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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January 26, 2015
09:16 EDTCICigna to acquire QualAlliance Networks, terms not disclosed
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06:03 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Agate Resources
Centene announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Agate Resources, a diversified holding company that offers an array of healthcare products and services to Oregon residents. Agate is based in Eugene, Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, Inc., a subsidiary of Agate, participates in Oregon's Coordinated Care Organization model to provide Medicaid services to Oregon Health Plan members in Lane County, Oregon. Trillium also provides coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through a Medicare Advantage plan and participates on the Cover Oregon health insurance marketplace. Terry Coplin, the CEO of Agate, and the existing management team will continue to lead the local operations of Agate. The transaction is expected to close in Q3, subject to customary closing conditions, including Oregon regulatory approval. The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS in the first twelve months following close.
January 21, 2015
10:28 EDTESRXLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTESRXOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:36 EDTESRXExpress Scripts initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens
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January 20, 2015
14:06 EDTCICitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTCIGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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06:44 EDTESRXExpress Scripts downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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January 16, 2015
10:47 EDTCI, CNCBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
January 13, 2015
12:17 EDTESRXExpress Scripts CEO says new cholesterol lowering drugs 'pretty expensive'
12:15 EDTESRXExpress Scripts CEO says Gilead relationship 'important' going forward
Express Scripts (ESRX) CEO George Paz at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference said his company's relationship with Gilead (GILD) is "important" going forward. Paz said his company's goal is not to exclude drugs. He continues to discuss Express Scripts's deal with AbbVie (ABBV) and the company's goal of saving clients money with regards to healthcare costs.
12:10 EDTESRXExpress Scripts CEO says 'never stopped talking to Gilead'
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