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February 26, 2014
11:04 EDTCI, WCG, WLP, HS, AGP, CNC, MOH, AET, HNT, UNH, HUMCiti cuts Humana to Sell following recent rally in shares
Citigroup downgraded health insurer Humana (HUM) to Sell from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Humana's strategy of looking to recruit more members while deemphasizing profit margins is "riskier," Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald wrote in a note to investors. Moreover, Humana has estimated that Medicare reimbursement rates are likely to decline 3.5%-4% next year. Meanwhile, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule that would force insurance companies to pay for at-home visits of certain patients in order to assess their condition, the analyst added. Humana has said its outlook for Medicare rates does not include the costs of this rule, and has warned that the rule could have a "significant" negative impact on Medicare rates next year, McDonald wrote. The company's risk/reward ratio "doesn't seem great" ahead of April 7, he contended. On that date, CMS is expected to announce final 2015 reimbursement rates for Medicare Advantage. McDonald kept a $95 price target on Humana. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana added 0.9% to $111.50.
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July 18, 2014
08:45 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $94 from $84 at Oppenheimer
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects improving environment in 2016 and beyond
Expects to expand up to two dozen state exchanges in 2014. Project 6% commercial medical cost trend for 2016, with costs in line with company's plan and remains moderate. Expects margins to reach 7% this year, in line with original forecast. Expects Optum revenue to accelerate in 2H14, and particularly in Q4. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $11.7B
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises low end of FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.60 from $5.40-$5.60
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.26
Reports Q2 revenue $32.57B, consensus $32B
July 16, 2014
15:27 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth July 84 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
July 14, 2014
16:15 EDTHUMHumana, Tenet sign new multi-year national agreement
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09:28 EDTCNCCentene best positioned Medicaid pure play to post Q2 EPS beat, says Sterne Agee
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09:23 EDTWLPWellPoint Q2 EPS likely to beat consensus by 55c, says Sterne Agee
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07:22 EDTWLP, MOH, HUMHealthcare Education Associates to hold a conference
4th Annual RISE California Summit to be held in San Diego on July 13-15.
July 10, 2014
10:05 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Cincinnati Bell (CBB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eldorado Gold (EGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Gerdau (GGB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Northern Tier (NTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... T. Rowe Price (TROW) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim.
08:43 EDTUNHUnitedHealth July volatility elevated into Q2 and guidance
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07:11 EDTWLP, WCG, CNC, HNT, CI, HUM, UNH, MOH, AETAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:23 EDTCI, AGP, WLP, CNC, HS, WCG, AET, HNT, HUM, MOH, UNHHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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05:43 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded UnitedHealth to Hold with an $87 price target saying the market is already pricing in upside to Q2 estimates.
July 9, 2014
12:56 EDTAETAetna names Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S. as Chief Medical Officer
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12:02 EDTCICigna, Northeast Medical Group start collaborative care program
Cigna and Northeast Medical Group have launched a collaborative care initiative to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and achieve the goal of improved health, affordability and patient experience. The program became effective July 1. Cigna will compensate NEMG for the medical and care coordination services it provides. Additionally, the physician group may be rewarded through a “pay for value” structure if it meets targets for improving quality and lowering medical costs.
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