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December 13, 2013
10:59 EDTUNH, WCG, MOH, WLP, CNCTennessee slated to announce Medicaid deals on Monday
On Monday, Tennessee is slated to identify the companies that will administer the state's Medicaid programs in 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Tennessee has said that it would disclose on Monday the names of the companies that will receive contracts to manage the state's Medicaid programs in 2015. In a note to investors earlier today, Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald wrote that Centene (CNC), Molina (MOH), and WellCare (WCG) could benefit significantly from winning Medicaid management contracts in Tennessee. The deals could be cumulatively worth as much as $1.7 billion, wrote McDonald. The analyst recommends owning shares of those three companies going into the announcement on Monday. On the other hand, the stocks of UnitedHealth (UNH) and Wellpoint (WLP) probably won't be impacted significantly if either company loses its Tennessee Medicaid business, the analyst added. McDonald has Buy ratings on Molina, UnitedHealth, and WellCare, a Neutral rating on Wellpoint, and a Sell rating on Centene. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Centene gained 6% to $57.60, Molina climbed 1.8% to $32.80, WellCare was little changed at $67.65, UnitedHealth was little changed at $71.20, and WellPoint lost 0.5% to $88.30.
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April 17, 2014
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 EDTUNH, WLPHealth 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.
10:08 EDTUNH, WLPUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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10:00 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
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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05:34 EDTCNCCentene initiated with a Neutral at UBS
Target $62.
April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTWCG, WLP, UNH, CNC, MOHPatients 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 14, 2014
10:23 EDTWCGHigh option volume stocks: CCL WCG LSI INTU IACI
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April 10, 2014
15:56 EDTWLP, WCGWellCare 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
15:52 EDTWCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
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April 8, 2014
10:18 EDTWCG, UNH, WLPCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTUNH, WCG, WLP, CNC, MOHLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTUNH, MOH, CNC, WCG, WLPCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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