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January 24, 2014
14:05 EDTMOH, CI, HUM, WLP, UNH, CNC, HNT, HS, AGP, AET, WCGEnrollment in Obamacare private plans reaches 3M, Bloomberg says
About 800,000 people have signed up for private Obamacare insurance plans this month, and total enrollment in such plans has reached 3M, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said today, according to Bloomberg. Reference Link
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May 29, 2015
13:50 EDTWCG, CNC, HNT, HUM, MOH, UNH, CI, AETHumana surges after report says sale being explored
Shares of health insurer Humana (HUM) are surging in afternoon trading after a report claimed the company is exploring a potential sale after receiving indications of takeover interest. WHAT'S NEW: The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that Humana has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to help it explore a potential sale after receiving indications of interest. Some of the Journal's sources reportedly said Aetna (AET) and Cigna (CI) are among possible bidders. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After meeting with Aetna's (AET) management, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte wrote in a note to investors on May 12 that consolidation in the industry remains likely, adding that a deal between Aetna and either Cigna or Humana were both "meaningfully accretive" and "imminent" possibilities. The next day, Sterne Agee analyst Brian Wright said Humana was unlikely to be acquired with its stock where it has recently been trading. Wright, who added that speculation about a takeover is "wishful thinking," downgraded Humana shares to Underperform, the firm's sell equivalent rating, and cut his price target on the stock to $150 from $165. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Health Net (HNT), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Humana jumped 17.33% to $209.33, Aetna rose 2.1% to $118.84 and Cigna gained 4.45% to $141.91.
13:18 EDTHUMHumana resumes, up 15% to $205 after report of considering possible sale
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13:17 EDTCI, AET, HUMHumana considering sale after receiving takeover interest, WSJ reports
Humana (HUM) is working with advisers at Goldman Sachs (GS) to consider a potential sale after receiving indications of takeover interest, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Some of the people said Aetna (AET) and Cigna (CI) are among possible bidders for Humana, the report added. In afternoon trading, Humana jumped 5% before being halted for volatility, while Aetna rose nearly 1% and Cigna gained about 2%. Reference Link
13:12 EDTHUMHumana working with Goldman on potential sale after takeover interest, DJ says
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13:11 EDTHUMHumana halted after jumping 5% after Dow Jones says takeover interest received
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May 27, 2015
08:10 EDTCNCCentene's asthma management program wins award from Dorland Health
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08:09 EDTCNCCentene's Florida subsidiary selected to offer Healthy Kids coverage statewide
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06:44 EDTHNTHealth Net to reaffirm FY guidance
Members of the management team of Health Net expect to meet with investors and analysts from time to time beginning on May 27 through and including June 9. Some of these meetings are expected to take place at (i) the Jefferies 2015 Healthcare Conference on June 2, where the company is also scheduled to give a presentation at approximately 11:30 a.m.; and (ii) the Goldman Sachs 36th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on June 9, where the company is also scheduled to give a presentation at approximately 11:00 a.m. During these presentations and meetings, the company intends to address its prospects and historical performance, and reaffirm the companyís earnings guidance for the full year 2015, as previously announced in a press release issued on May 4. On May 4, Health Net raised its FY15 combined EPS view to $3.25-$3.35 and maintained its FY15 GAAP EPS view of "at least" $2.70. Consensus is $3.34.
May 26, 2015
16:42 EDTAETAetna Chief Accounting Officer to depart July 3, AES's Sharon Virag to succeed
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08:53 EDTUNHCastlight Health working to offer services to UnitedHealth customers
In a regulatory filing after Friday's close, Castlight (CSTL) disclosed that the company and United HealthCare Services (UNH), on behalf of itself and its affiliated companies, have agreed upon a process for how Castlight can obtain a customerís plan information from United HealthCare to allow Castlight to provide its services to that customer. "Castlight has begun to build the technology infrastructure to support this process and does not believe that this development will materially impact its financial results in 2015," the company stated.
07:19 EDTMOH, HNTLeerink to hold a tour
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May 22, 2015
12:39 EDTCICigna May June volatility elevated
Cigna June call option implied volatility is at 29, July is at 26, October is at 27; compared to its 52 week range of 16 to 31, suggesting large near term price movement.
May 20, 2015
07:42 EDTAETAetna removed from US Focus List at Credit Suisse
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May 19, 2015
12:05 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare moves up following a positive Navellier mention
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12:04 EDTHUM, CI, AETAnthem CFO says 'good time' for 'meaningful' acquisition, Reuters reports
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May 18, 2015
09:33 EDTAETAetna repeats FY15 operating EPS view $7.20-$7.40, consensus $7.38
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May 15, 2015
16:51 EDTAETGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:07 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare to acquire certain Michigan assets of HealthPlus
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11:08 EDTHUMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
07:32 EDTWCGWellCare valuation compelling after selloff, says Leerink
Leerink views the valuation of WellCare shares as compelling following the company's "solid" Q1 results. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock with a $105 price target.
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