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February 17, 2013
15:54 EDTUNH, AET, HUM, WLPCMS proposes policies to lower Medicare drug costs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, said in a statement: 'Beneficiaries will get greater protections, value, and care in the Medicare services they receive through proposed policies released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS. Today’s 2014 Advance Notice and draft Call Letter takes important steps to improve payment accuracy for Medicare Advantage (Part C) and in Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans for 2014, without shifting costs to beneficiaries. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen by 10 percent and enrollment is expected to increase by an estimated 28 percent through this year. In addition, costs of the defined standard Part D plan will be lower in 2014 than they are in 2013. The standard Part D deductible will be $310, down from $325 in 2013, and cost-sharing amounts will also be lower." Reference Link
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April 23, 2014
15:35 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:36 EDTAET, UNHEarnings Preview: Aetna shares relatively flat since last earnings report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, April 24 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.56 on revenue of $13.72B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.44-$1.63 on revenue of $13.31B-$14.28B. LAST QUARTER:On February 6, Aetna reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.34 against estimates of $1.36 on revenue of $13.1B against estimates of $13.14B. In its Q4 report, Aetna said it sees medical membership rising by 50,000 at end of Q1. On April 17, Aetna and other health insurers fell after UnitedHealth (UNH) reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and cited taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on results. STREET RESEARCH: On March 25, FBR Capital removed Aetna from its Top Picks List due to share performance. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are up approximately 1.5% to $68.99 since its last earnings report. Shares are fractionally higher today in afternoon trading.
07:00 EDTAET, HUMTerrapinn to hold a conference
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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 EDTUNH, WLP, AETOn 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 EDTHUM, WLP, AET, UNHHealth 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 EDTUNH, AET, WLP, HUMUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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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, UNH, AET, 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 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 EDTWLPWellCare 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
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