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News For SQNM;CI;AET From The Last 14 Days
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April 27, 2015
15:04 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:27 EDTAETAetna technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:15 EDTAETEarnings Watch: Aetna to report Q1 results amid continued membership growth
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 28 with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. Aetna operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.95 on revenue of $15.46B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.87-$2.13 on revenue of $15.08B-$16.0B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.22, which was in-line with consensus estimates, on revenue of $14.77B against estimates of $14.6B. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to at least $7.00, against consensus estimates at the time of $7.16. "Aetna achieved record annual operating revenue and operating earnings in 2014, and delivered full-year operating earnings per share at the high end of our most recent projection," said Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini. "Our 2014 operating earnings-per-share results represent an increase of more than 7% over 2013 and a compound annualized growth rate of 15% since 2010. We also ended the year serving more than 23.5M medical members, an increase of approximately 1.4M members from 2013." STREET RESEARCH: On March 19, Sterne Agee upgraded Aetna to Buy from Neutral. The firm says that the company is the best-positioned name within the large-cap health plan space, a defensive sector that has little exposure to Europe and reasonable growth prospects, according to the firm. On March 12, Argus increased its price target on Aetna to $115 from $103 after Aetna's Q4 membership growth exceeded its prior targets. The firm said it thinks the company will deliver sustained membership and revenue growth in 2015. It kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Aetna shares are up approximately 17% since the company's last earnings report on February 3 and are down over 1% in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday morning's earnings.
April 13, 2015
10:58 EDTAET, CICigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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10:15 EDTSQNMHigh option volume stocks
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07:33 EDTAET, CIJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).

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