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April 8, 2014
09:23 EDTMOH, HNT, UNH, HUM, CNC, AET, WCG, MGLN, WLP, CI, UAMLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
Leerink views the "biggest positive" from the final rates for Medicare Advantage that the CMS announced last night as the delay in the proposal to eliminate in home Health Risk Assessments to support reimbursement for high health risk Seniors. The firm, however, believes this was largely priced into stocks. Leerink thinks the final rates are favorable for MA plans and estimates the positive impact in order: Humana (HUM), Universal American (UAM), WellCare (WCG), UnitedHealth (UNH), Cigna (CI), Aetna (AET), Health Net (HNT) and WellPoint (WLP). Leerink says Centene (CNC), Molina Healthcare (MOH) and Magellan Health (MGLN) are not significantly impacted by final rule.
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April 28, 2015
06:02 EDTAETAetna raises FY15 operating EPS to $7.20-$7.40 from at least $7.00
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06:02 EDTAETAetna reports Q1 operating EPS $2.39, consensus $1.95
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April 27, 2015
15:04 EDTAET, CNCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:27 EDTAETAetna technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:15 EDTAETEarnings Watch: Aetna to report Q1 results amid continued membership growth
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 28 with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. Aetna operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.95 on revenue of $15.46B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.87-$2.13 on revenue of $15.08B-$16.0B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.22, which was in-line with consensus estimates, on revenue of $14.77B against estimates of $14.6B. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to at least $7.00, against consensus estimates at the time of $7.16. "Aetna achieved record annual operating revenue and operating earnings in 2014, and delivered full-year operating earnings per share at the high end of our most recent projection," said Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini. "Our 2014 operating earnings-per-share results represent an increase of more than 7% over 2013 and a compound annualized growth rate of 15% since 2010. We also ended the year serving more than 23.5M medical members, an increase of approximately 1.4M members from 2013." STREET RESEARCH: On March 19, Sterne Agee upgraded Aetna to Buy from Neutral. The firm says that the company is the best-positioned name within the large-cap health plan space, a defensive sector that has little exposure to Europe and reasonable growth prospects, according to the firm. On March 12, Argus increased its price target on Aetna to $115 from $103 after Aetna's Q4 membership growth exceeded its prior targets. The firm said it thinks the company will deliver sustained membership and revenue growth in 2015. It kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Aetna shares are up approximately 17% since the company's last earnings report on February 3 and are down over 1% in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday morning's earnings.
08:04 EDTCNCCentene appoint Ken Yamaguchi to EVP and Chief Medical Officer
Centene announced the appointment of Ken Yamaguchi to Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, effective immediately. Yamaguchi currently is the Sam & Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University and will continue in that role as part-time faculty. Centene also announced the appointment of Mary Mason to Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Specialty Companies.
April 22, 2015
08:31 EDTHUMHumana realigns financial reporting segments
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April 21, 2015
09:02 EDTHUMHumana at Home acquires Your Home Advantage, terms not disclosed
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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 16, 2015
12:37 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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07:19 EDTUNHOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth added 1.6M more people domestically in the past year
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06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Optum revenue $12.8B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 medical care ratio down 140 basis points to 81.1%
The first quarter operating cost ratio of 16.6% increased 20 basis points year-over-year due to higher growth in services businesses. The first quarter tax rate of 43.3% increased 130 basis points year-over-year due to higher levels of nondeductible ACA fees. First quarter days sales outstanding of 13 days increased 1 day year-over-year, due to higher growth in government programs. Days claims payable was flat year-over-year at 47 days.
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says Catamaran combination to contribute 30c to 2016 earnings
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.15-$6.30 from $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.21
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.46, consensus $1.35
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April 15, 2015
14:46 EDTUNHUnitedHealth technical notes before earnings
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14:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 58, May is at 26, June is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
11:51 EDTUNHExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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