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February 26, 2014
11:04 EDTCI, WCG, HS, MOH, UNH, AGP, AET, HUM, WLP, CNC, HNTCiti 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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January 22, 2015
08:15 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $125 from $115 at Leerink
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January 21, 2015
09:16 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: Employer & Individual revenues decreased to $43B in 2014
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06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: ACA negatively impacted FY earnings by $1.00 per share
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY15 EPS $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.17
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q4 EPS $1.55, consensus $1.50
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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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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12:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTAETGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTAETAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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10:47 EDTUNH, CI, HUM, CNC, AETBofA/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 15, 2015
13:10 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:31 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, ProHEALTH announce new collaboration agreement
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January 13, 2015
07:58 EDTAETAetna sees 2014 total medical membership exceeding 23.4M member view
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will meet with investors and analysts before and after a presentation at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and report that the company projects that its year-end 2014 total medical membership will exceed its previously disclosed projection of approximately 23.4M members, Aetna disclosed. Bertolini will also report that, based on results of the Medicare Annual Election Period and the Individual Public Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment period to date, Aetna projects that its 1Q15 Medicare Advantage and Individual Public Exchange membership will exceed its previous projections.
07:55 EDTAETAetna backs FY15 operating EPS view of at least $6.90, consensus $7.15
Aetna backs FY15 operating revenue projection of at least $62B, consensus $62.55B.
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS at high-end of $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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06:36 EDTAETAetna to increase wages for lowest-paid workers, WSJ reports
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