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January 2, 2013
13:01 EDTBAC, HUMHumana names Tim Huval as Chief Human Resources Officer
Humana (HUM) announced that Tim Huval has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. A 10-year veteran of Bank of America (BAC), Huval served most recently as the bank's Senior Vice President for Consumer Service and Operations.
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April 14, 2015
15:34 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.4% movement into Q1
14:38 EDTBACEarnings Watch: Bank of America to report after mixed reviews from Fed
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14:36 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
The stock is trading up to resistance at the 50-day moving average, last at $15.95. Since November 2013, the stock has been trading in a range bound largely by $15 at the low and $18 at the high. A break of either end of the range would help guide where shares might trade thereafter. Failing news that is sufficiently bullish or bearish, we could expect the stock to trade in the same range until another catalyst emerges. On better news, resistance above current levels would be at $16.62, $17.22, and then at $18. If the news is more bearish than expected, a breakdown below $15 might be probable. In that event next support levels below $15 as downside objectives would be at $14.37 which is the 52-week low and then at $13.49 and $12.80.
07:35 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 13, 2015
10:58 EDTHUMCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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09:24 EDTBACBank of America shares are cheap, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said its sum of the parts of analysis of Overweight rated Bank of America indicates a value of $21. The firm said Bank of America's current share price implies no value for the wealth management division, which it values at $4.84 per share. Morgan Stanley said shares are cheap and recommends purchase.
07:33 EDTHUMJefferies 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).
07:19 EDTBACbloomberg to hold a summit
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April 10, 2015
09:57 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:21 EDTBACBofA Merrill poaches JP Morgan's Brabazon for M&A group, Reuters reports
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April 8, 2015
10:26 EDTBACBofA Merill Lynch names De Giorgi, Assef as investment banking co-heads, FT says
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April 7, 2015
11:02 EDTBACAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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10:23 EDTHUMMedicare Advantage 2016 rates set above expectations
The U.S. yesterday announced higher than expected 2016 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates. The news is seen as benefiting managed care companies with large exposure to the Medicare Advantage program. WHAT'S NEW: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, yesterday afternoon announced that Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates would rise 1.25% in 2016 from 2015 levels. In February, CMS proposed a 0.95% reduction in Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates for 2016. This year, reimbursement rates have fallen 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Humana (HUM) said this morning in a regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, the company expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation, the company explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Scott Fidel wrote that this is the first time in seven years that CMS has implemented an increase in Medicare Advantage rates. However, noting that CMS said it had raised its estimates for Medicare costs, Fidel added that this forecast tempered the positive outlook created by the reimbursement increase. The analyst kept Buy ratings on the following stocks in the sector: Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Cigna (CI), Magellan Health (MGLN), and UnitedHealth (UNH). Stifel analysts said that the results were modestly better than expected, except for the agency's decision not to make a Star rating adjustment for plans with certain higher acuity populations. The firm thinks that more diversified managed care companies with Medicare Advantage products could be boosted by CMS' decision, identifying Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth as being among the companies in that category. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna was little changed at $107.40, Anthem was flat near $155 per share, Cigna slipped 0.4% to $131.34, Magellan was flat at $71, UnitedHealth added 0.5% to $118.31 and Humana gained fractionally to $178.54.
08:57 EDTHUMHumana sees average Medicare Advantage funding from CMS up 0.8% for 2016
Humana noted that on Monday, April 6, after the market close, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, announced final 2016 Medicare benchmark payment rates and related technical factors impacting the bid benchmark premiums, as expected, following the February 20 release of the preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates. Humana said in its regulatory filing that based on its review of the Final Rate Notice, Humana expects an average Medicare Advantage funding increase for its business of approximately 0.8% from CMS for 2016, versus a funding decline of 1.25%-1.75% previously expected based on the Advance Notice. The Final Rate Notice from CMS estimates an average funding increase of 1.25% for the MA program, versus its estimate of a funding decline of 0.95% per the Advance Notice. Humana’s estimated year-over-year funding increase as it affects the company is projected to be less than the CMS estimate for the MA program primarily due to Humana’s view of the projected impact associated with CMS’ 2016 adjustment to the risk model calculation. The company is completing more detailed analyses of the Final Rate Notice and the commensurate impacts on its 2016 Medicare benefit offerings, including geographic-specific impacts, and anticipates further discussion in its Q1 earnings call on April 29. Bid designs for the company’s 2016 Medicare Advantage offerings are due to CMS on June 1, the company noted.
08:20 EDTHUMCowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
07:57 EDTHUMManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:44 EDTHUMSome managed care stocks could be boosted by CMS decision, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTHUM2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
07:16 EDTBACRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmEx’s margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
07:57 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
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