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January 16, 2014
09:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth cites near-term pressures in ACA, Medicare cuts
The near-term pressures are expected to cost over $1.50 per share in 2014. The company has set a target of having more than $65B in value based contracts with care providers by 2018. It says it will closely study the development of individual public exchanges in 2014 and be "selective" in its approaches for 2015. Initial Medicare growth is within the company's estimates and continue to expect commercial group risk membership to be stable in 2014 with commercial individual insured membership declining over the course of the year. Optum expects strong top and bottom line growth in 2014 with a range of $45B-$46B in revenue. Optum's earnings are expected to be strong in 2H14 due to growth investments early in the year. Expects cash flow from operations in range of $7.8B-$8.2B in 2014 and expect to return $4B to shareholders through repurchase and dividend. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
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February 9, 2016
08:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth well positioned across most business lines, says Cowen
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February 7, 2016
14:45 EDTUNHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTUNHEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.

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