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February 19, 2013
09:11 EDTUNH, DVA, WLP, WCG, MOH, CI, HUM, AETHumana falls after CMS proposes 2014 MA rates, peers follow
Humana (HUM) disclosed today that on Friday, February 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced preliminary 2014 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates. CMS has invited public comment on these preliminary rates before releasing final rates on April 1. Humana believes the preliminary base rates included in the CMS notice would result in a mid-single-digit decline in its benchmark payment rates. Humana said it is analyzing all operational avenues available to address the preliminary rates and related impact upon the company's ability to grow both its Medicare membership and its earnings for 2014. Humana noted its management previously expressed confidence in the company’s ability to grow both Medicare membership and earnings for 2014, based upon expectations that the base Medicare Advantage payment rate would be flat to slightly down. Shares of Humana (HUM) are down 10%, or $8.00, to $69.99 in pre-market trading. Other healthcare names are trading lower after the CMS proposed 2014 Medicare Advantage rates, including WellCare (WCG), UnitedHealth (UNH), Cigna (CI), Wellpoint (WLP), Aetna (AET), Molina (MOH), and DaVita (DVA).
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April 22, 2014
08:48 EDTUNHUnitedHealth weakness creates buying opportunity, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital expects UnitedHealth's increased specialty drug costs to be largely offset by favorable prior-period development and muted cost growth from other trend components . The firm thinks that the company's membership growth will be boosted by several catalysts for the rest of the year, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTAET, UNH, WLPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:56 EDTUNHUnitedHealth backs FY14 EPS, revenue guidance
UnitedHealth earlier backed its FY14 EPS view of $5.40-$5.60, consensus $5.59, and its FY14 revenue view of $128B-$129B, consensus $128.94B.
10:51 EDTWLP, HUM, UNH, AETHealth insurers slide after UnitedHealth results, cautious comments
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after the largest company in the sector, UnitedHealth (UNH), reported slightly higher than expected first quarter profit but lower than expected revenue. WHAT'S NEW: UnitedHealth's first quarter earnings per share came in at $1.10, versus the consensus outlook of $1.09. The insurer reported revenue of $31.71B, compared with the consensus outlook of $31.99B. Taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on UnitedHealth's earnings, the company stated. Also pushing down the company's earnings was "a very expensive," new Hepatitis C therapy, UnitedHealth stated on its earnings conference call. Hepatitis C treatments cost UnitedHealth hundreds of millions of dollars in the first quarter, the company stated, though it also noted that demand for the treatments should drop going forward as initial pent-up demand for them starts to decline. The company indicated that it was looking to be reimbursed by states for the money it is spending on hepatitis vaccines for Medicaid patients. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth reiterated its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $5.40-$5.60 and its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance of $128B-$129B. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, UnitedHealth sank 3.7% to $75.31. Other health insurers also declined, with WellPoint (WLP) dropping 4% to $91.89, Aetna (AET) falling 3.3% to $67.54, Humana (HUM) declining 2.25% to $106.35, and Health Net (HNT) sliding 1% to $31.74.
06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth:Q1 negatively impacted by ACA taxes, ACA provisions, sequestration
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 Medical Care Ratio 82.5%
Reports Q1 Optum revenue $11.2B
06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.10, consensus $1.09
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April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
12:01 EDTHUMHumana, Dignity Health sign agreement
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10:08 EDTHUM, AET, UNH, WLPUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTDVARevised CMS ruling favorable for dialysis providers, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services eliminated the impact of the rebase in its revised rules from for its proposed accountable care demonstration project for dialysis providers, which is a positive for the providers. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on DaVita HealthCare (DVA) and a Market Perform rating on Fresenius Medical (FMS).
09:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated at 48 into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 48, June is at 22, September is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 17.
09:01 EDTWLPWellPoint names Martin Silverstein as Chief Strategy Officer, effective April 28
WellPoint announced Martin Silverstein, M.D., has been named chief strategy officer, effective April 28. In this role, Dr. Silverstein will oversee WellPoint’s enterprise marketing, corporate development and strategy functions, and will be responsible for short and long-term strategic planning to ensure the company is maximizing the value of its assets and capturing growth across its geographies and businesses. Silverstein joins WellPoint from The Boston Consulting Group where he was a Senior Partner and Managing Director.
05:39 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTWLP, CI, WCG, UNH, AET, MOH, HUMPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
10:23 EDTWCGHigh option volume stocks: CCL WCG LSI INTU IACI
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April 11, 2014
10:05 EDTAETAetna, Tenet form accountable care collaboration in San Antonio
Aetna (AET), Tenet’s (THC) Baptist Health System and HealthTexas Medical Group announced an accountable care collaboration and the introduction of the Aetna Whole Health product in the San Antonio area. The health plans, designed for fully insured customers with employees who live or work in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall counties, will be available on July 1.
April 10, 2014
15:56 EDTWLP, WCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
Wellcare (WCG) which has previously been speculated as a takeover target by analysts, is being studied as a target by Wellpoint (WLP), according to the Betaville blog, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Shares of WellCare, which have been lower throughout the session, briefly spiked following the blog post, but have returned to negative territory in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:52 EDTWCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
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