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February 7, 2014
11:03 EDTWCG, AGP, CNC, CI, HUM, HNT, UNH, AET, MOH, HS, WLPCigna tumbles after profit forecast trails estimates
Shares of global health service company Cigna (CI) are falling after the company reported mixed fourth quarter results, and issued a disappointing profit forecast for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Cigna reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of $1.39 and revenue of $8.15B, against consensus views of $1.57 and $8.09B, respectively. The company forecast FY14 profit of $6.80-$7.20, significantly trailing analystsí expectations of $7.31. The company expects FY14 global medical customer growth of 1%-2%, and sees continued growth in targeted customer segments. ANALYST REACTON: This morning, research firm Susquehanna downgraded Cigna to Neutral from Positive due to lower profits in both its Healthcare and Supplemental Benefits segments, and Q4 pressures in Medicare Advantage. The firm cut its price target on the shares to $77 from $102. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cigna is down $8.10, or 9.5%, to $77.27 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite the slide, the stock is up over 26% in the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the healthcare space include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).
News For WCG;HS;MOH;AET;UNH;HNT;HUM;CI;CNC;AGP;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
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06:09 EDTUNHUnitedHealth upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
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October 16, 2014
09:29 EDTUNHUnitedHealth contines to see stable trends across businesses
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09:23 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:12 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects top, bottom-line growth acceleration in next two years
Says seeing steady progress across all businesses. Believes products well positioned locally. Says on-course to participate in 2 dozen state exchanges in FY15. Says consensus estimates for FY15 outlook are "well calibrated". Says "feels good" about the company's FY15 position. Expects to grow meaningfully at sustainable margins in FY15. Expects to grow earnings across the board for FY15. Says all of its businesses are better positioned for FY15 as opposed to FY14. Says Obamacare exchange business is expected to be profitable in FY15. Says Optum unit sales will be above targets. Says will grow y just under 1M Medicaid members this year. Comments made during the company's Q3 earnings conference call.
08:37 EDTWCGWellCare receives NCQA quality accreditation for Medicaid, Medicare plans in KY
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06:10 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q3 Employer & Individual revenue $10.6B
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06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: Affordable Care Act reduced Q3 by 80 basis points
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06:07 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY14 EPS $5.60-$5.65, consensus $5.58
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q3 EPS $1.63, consensus $1.53
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October 15, 2014
15:28 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:52 EDTAETAetna will not renew contract for Delaware Medicaid program
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07:27 EDTMOH, WLPModern Healthcare to hold a virtual conference
Building Tomorrow's Delivery Model: Forging a Path to Value is being held on October 15 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTCIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:40 EDTCICigna downgraded at Sterne Agee
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07:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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05:49 EDTCICigna downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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October 13, 2014
07:39 EDTHUMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:15 EDTUNHNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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