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January 3, 2013
05:50 EDTHNT, WLP, AET, UNHManaged Care sector downgraded to Neutral at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on the Managed Care sector to Neutral from Positive citing higher underwriting risks and a lack of catalysts. The firm downgraded shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) and Wellpoint (WLP) to Hold from Buy, upgraded shares of Health Net (HNT) to Hold from Sell, and kept a Buy rating on shares of Aetna (AET), its top pick in the space.
News For UNH;WLP;HNT;AET From The Last 14 Days
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April 28, 2015
06:05 EDTAETAetna reports total medical membership totaled 23.67M at March 31, 2015
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06:04 EDTAETAetna reports Q1 Health Care business operating earnings $835.6M
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06:02 EDTAETAetna raises FY15 operating EPS to $7.20-$7.40 from at least $7.00
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06:02 EDTAETAetna reports Q1 operating EPS $2.39, consensus $1.95
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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 16, 2015
12:37 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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07:19 EDTUNHOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth added 1.6M more people domestically in the past year
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06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Optum revenue $12.8B
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 medical care ratio down 140 basis points to 81.1%
The first quarter operating cost ratio of 16.6% increased 20 basis points year-over-year due to higher growth in services businesses. The first quarter tax rate of 43.3% increased 130 basis points year-over-year due to higher levels of nondeductible ACA fees. First quarter days sales outstanding of 13 days increased 1 day year-over-year, due to higher growth in government programs. Days claims payable was flat year-over-year at 47 days.
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth says Catamaran combination to contribute 30c to 2016 earnings
06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises FY15 EPS to $6.15-$6.30 from $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.21
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q1 EPS $1.46, consensus $1.35
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April 15, 2015
14:46 EDTUNHUnitedHealth technical notes before earnings
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14:21 EDTUNHUnitedHealth April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
UnitedHealth April call option implied volatility is at 58, May is at 26, June is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
11:51 EDTUNHExpress Scripts down 2% as Walgreens speaks at analyst day
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