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April 9, 2012
10:42 EDTAET, CNC, UNH, AGP, WCG, MOHMedicaid 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.
News For MOH;AGP;CNC;WCG;UNH;AET From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTAETMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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14:27 EDTAETAetna raises quarterly dividend 11%, authorizes additional $1B share buyback
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14:26 EDTAETAetna raises quarterly dividend 11%, authorizes additional $1B share buyback
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08:01 EDTCNCCentene jv selected to provide correctional healthcare In Vermont
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November 19, 2014
10:21 EDTCNCHigh option volume stocks
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November 17, 2014
07:16 EDTAETMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 13, 2014
16:40 EDTWCGPennant Capital reports 7.0% passive stake in WellCare
10:01 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
06:29 EDTCNCCentene downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Centene to Market Perform citing valuation following the recent rally in shares.
November 12, 2014
08:58 EDTAET, MOH, CNCManaged Care earnings risk low from King vs. Burwell, says Leerink
Leerink believes the Supreme Court decision to the King vs. Burwell case carries low earnings risk for Managed Care companies. The case to determine the legality of Exchange subsidies administered by the Federal Government carries less than 2% and 3% of earnings risk for 2014 and 2015 estimates, respectively, Leerink believes. The firm says Humana (HUM) and Cigna (CI) are currently losing money on Exchanges, and thus could benefit from any Federal Exchange membership loss. Leerink lists Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP) and Molina Healthcare (MOH) as being most impacted.
08:02 EDTAET, CNCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:55 EDTAETAetna to reaffirm FY14 operating EPS view $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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07:31 EDTUNHUnitedHealth announces formation of office of the CEO
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November 11, 2014
12:55 EDTWCG, UNH, MOH, AET, AGP, CNCWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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November 10, 2014
10:06 EDTAETAetna selected for new Louisiana Medicaid contract
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, an Aetna health plan established to administer managed Medicaid services in Louisiana, has been selected by the State Department of Health & Hospitals to provide access to health care for eligible Louisianans. The three-year contract is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 2015.
08:46 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $99 from $90 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Aetna shares to $99 after meeting with management and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. The firm believes Aetna's 2015 earnings growth can top the consensus of 10%.

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