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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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July 7, 2015
08:33 EDTUNHAetna, Humana deal risks being overblown, says Leerink
Leerink analyst Ana Gupte believes yesterday's trading around Aetna's (AET) purchase of Humana (HUM) creates "strong" buying opportunities in both names. Gupte believes potential risks of the deal are being overblown. The analyst does not expect a competing Humana bid from UnitedHealth (UNH), and she believes the deal to close despite antitrust scrutiny. Gupte reiterates Outperform ratings on both Aetna and Humana.
July 6, 2015
06:53 EDTUNHHumana volatility elevated into Aetna acquiring for $37B
Humana (HUM) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, July is at 67, August is at 43; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into Aetna (AET) acquiring all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at $37B or approximately $230.
July 2, 2015
08:35 EDTUNHLeerink says UnitedHealth may counter bid for Health Net
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June 26, 2015
10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:22 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
June 25, 2015
11:06 EDTUNHHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:11 EDTUNHACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
09:40 EDTUNHMultiple parties expressing interest in Humana, CNBC reports
Humana (HUM) has received expressions of interest from multiple companies, CNBC's David Faber reports. The interest does not mean multiples bids are forthcoming, Faber added.
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTUNHWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:35 EDTUNHUnitedHealth initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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05:42 EDTUNHCatamaran downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Catamaran (CTRX) to Neutral saying the stock new fully reflects the UnitedHealth (UNH) takeover deal terms. UnitedHealth management in recent meetings expressed confidence that its pending $61.50 per share purchase of Catamaran will still close in the second half of 2015, UBS tells investors.
June 23, 2015
07:25 EDTUNHPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.

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