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November 8, 2012
05:12 EDTHCA, CNC, AET, WLP, UNHBarron's revisits the Obamacare stocks that will be winners and losers
President Obama's re-election should help hospitals and insurers who can benefit from health-care reform. However, medical-device makers and big insurers may struggle under his "Obamacare", Barron's contends. Post election, shares of HCA (HCA) and Centene (CNC) rose amid a growing belief that profits will soar along with membership in Medicaid programs. Share prices should keep climbing over the next year. Big health insurers like Aetna (AET), WellPoint (WLP) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH) will face tough new rules governing how they do business that could squeeze future profits. Yet Obama's victory doesn't clear away all the clouds hanging over the health-care sector. To help defray the cost of giving all Americans health benefits, medical-device makers will have to start paying excise taxes next year, while drug makers must give bigger price rebates to Medicaid and Medicare patients. Barron's suggests that investors with a longer-term investment horizon may want to cast a wider net beyond hospitals and insurers to include drug makers and other companies with products or services that can bring down spiraling health-care costs. Reference Link
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October 28, 2014
07:38 EDTUNHOptum to acquire Alere Health in $600M cash transaction
Optum, part of UnitedHealth, and Alere announced that Optum has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alere Health and its subsidiaries, which provide condition management, case management, wellbeing, wellness and women’s and children’s health services to more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 employers and 29 states. Alere Health’s services are offered to more than 22 million people across the U.S. The $600M cash transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval and other closing conditions. Such conditions for Alere include consent of the required lenders under Alere’s senior secured credit facility. The transaction does not require the approval of Alere’s shareholders. Covington Associates is serving as financial advisor and Foley Hoag LLP is serving as legal advisor to Alere.
06:19 EDTCNCCentene backs FY14 EPS view of $4.35-$4.50, consensus $3.83
Sees FY14 Premium and Service Revenues $15.3B-$15.8B.
06:16 EDTCNCCentene reports Q3 EPS $1.34, consensus 96c
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06:05 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 Health Care business revenue $14B
The 14% increase is due primarily to membership growth in both of Aetna's Government and Commercial businesses, as well as the effects of pricing actions designed to recover the fees and taxes mandated by health care reform. Reports Q3 Group Insurance revenue $621.4M; Reports Q3 Large Case Pensions revenue $86.3M
06:04 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 medical membership totaled 23.6M at September 30, 2014
Sequentially, third-quarter 2014 medical membership increased by 470,000 due to growth in Aetna's Commercial ASC and Government products. Aetna's third-quarter 2014 Commercial MBR increased over the prior year's MBR primarily as a result of medical cost performance in the smaller middle-market business, costs associated with new hepatitis C treatments, and performance in the individual business, which reflects the impact of programs mandated by health care reform in 2014. This result was partially offset by higher premiums driven in part by pricing actions designed to recover the fees and taxes mandated by health care reform. In the third quarter of 2014, we experienced favorable development of prior-period health care cost estimates in each of our core products, primarily attributable to second quarter 2014 performance.
06:03 EDTAETAetna projects Coventry integratoin earnings accretion of 60c per share
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06:03 EDTAETAetna raises FY14 operating EPS to $6.60-$6.70 from $6.45-$6.60, consensus $6.59
06:02 EDTAETAetna reports Q3 operating EPS $1.79, consensus $1.58
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October 27, 2014
15:36 EDTHCA, AETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:28 EDTUNHMedical Group Management Association to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTHCAAmerican College of Surgeons holds a conference
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06:14 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary recommended for contract award by Louisiana DHH
Centene announced that its wholly-owned Louisiana subsidiary, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, has been recommended for a contract award by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, or DHH, to serve its Bayou Health, or Medicaid, beneficiaries. A contract is contingent upon successful negotiations with DHH and approval by the Division of Administration and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, Regional Office. The new Bayou Health contract is expected to commence in early 1Q15. Under the new contract, Louisiana Healthcare Connections expects to serve 320,000-350,000 Medicaid beneficiaries on an at-risk basis via a network of 10,500 primary care providers and specialists. This expansion will more than double annual revenues for Louisiana Healthcare Connections.
October 26, 2014
12:49 EDTCNCCentene announces new claims processing facility
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October 24, 2014
10:51 EDTHCALeerink healthcare analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 23, 2014
13:40 EDTAETWal-Mart's Sam's Club offering services to small businesses
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October 20, 2014
13:01 EDTWLPWellPoint renews agremeent with Healthways to continue SilverSneakers program
SilverSneakers Fitness program will continue to be available to most members of WellPoint’s (WLP) affiliated Medicare Advantage plans as a result of its renewed agreement with Healthways (HWAY), which administers the popular program. SilverSneakers offers fitness programs geared toward older adults, including strength training and aerobic and flexibility exercises. The program offers WellPoint affiliated Medicare Advantage members full memberships at participating fitness facilities nationwide at no extra cost.
07:15 EDTHCAAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to hold annual meeting
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
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06:09 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
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