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April 9, 2012
10:42 EDTUNH, AGP, WCG, MOH, AET, CNCMedicaid pure-plays decline after losing Ohio Medicaid contracts
Ohio said on Friday that it had selected Aetna (AET) and United Healthcare (UNH) to provide service to Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid beginning on January 1, 2013. The state decided not to renew the contracts of Medicaid pure-plays Amerigroup (AGP), Centene (CNC), Molina Healthcare (MOH), and WellCare (WCG). In a note to investors today, Deutsche Bank wrote that Ohio's decision is disappointing for the pure-plays, especially given the large, mature and profitable nature of the Ohio Medicaid market. However, Deutsche believes that Ohio's decision will likely have the most negative impact on Molina, but be more manageable for the other three companies. The firm notes that Ohio was Molina's largest single health plan market in 2011 and accounted for nearly 22% of its premium revenue. Deutsche adds that Ohio accounted for 7% of the total 2011 enrollment of Centene and WellCare, and less than 3% of Amerigroup's Q4 enrollment. Centene said that it would "formally protest" the state's decision, while Molina stated in an SEC filing that it's "evaluating whether to pursue" an appeal. In mid-morning trading, Molina plunged 24.36% to $26.48, Amerigroup slid 4.63% to $64.33, Centene lost 13.25% to $44.08, and WellCare sank 6.32% to $69.55.
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February 24, 2015
13:23 EDTAETAetna, Virtua Medical Group expand relationship
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08:00 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary announces successful reprocurement of foster care contract
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTMOH, CNC, UNH, WCG, AETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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16:27 EDTWCG, UNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:21 EDTMOH, CNC, WCG, AET, UNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTCNC, AGP, WCG, AET, MOH, UNHHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:03 EDTAETAetna sees preliminary CMS rates to lower funding for MA business 1% in 2016
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08:05 EDTAET, MOH, UNH, WCG, AGP, CNCCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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February 20, 2015
08:51 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare estimates raised above Street at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee raised its 2015 EPS estimate for Molina to $3 from $2.13 and increased its 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $4 from $2.95. The firm thinks the company's medical cost results will be better than its current guidance.
08:41 EDTAET, UNHInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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February 18, 2015
08:21 EDTWCGWellCare price target raised to $105 from $95 at Leerink
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07:29 EDTWCGWellCare management team has improved, says Stifel
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06:56 EDTMOH, CNC, AGP, UNH, WCG, AETObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTAETPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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February 13, 2015
16:58 EDTAETGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:24 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare price target raised after analyst day to $70 at Wedbush
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