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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).
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August 21, 2014
16:09 EDTCICigna expects to reaffirm FY14 income guidance of $1.94B-$2.0B
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August 20, 2014
08:31 EDTHNTCognizant deal with Health Net has encouraging read through, says Cowen
Cowen noted Cognizant (CTSH) shareholders were concerned over its deal with Health Net (HNT) but noted management feels the deal is a true partnership. The firm feels management's positive comments are encouraging and address the execution and profitability concerns of shareholders. Shares of Cognizant are Outperform rated with a $50 price target.
August 19, 2014
08:32 EDTHNTHealth Net says CFO Joseph Capezza to retire
Health Net announced that James Woys has been named executive vice president, chief financial and operating officer, and interim treasurer, effective September 2. This is a new position. Woys has been executive vice president and COO since November 2007. Previously Woys served as acting CFO from November 2006 through October 2007. The company announced that Joseph C. Capezza, currently executive vice president, CFO and treasurer, will retire as CFO. He will have a consulting contract with the company through year end to assist with transition issues. Capezza has been Health Netís CFO since November 2007.
August 18, 2014
10:01 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTHNTHealth Net fundamentals remain favorable, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said Health Net (HNT) fundamentals remain favorable following meetings with management. The firm cited the company's conservative outlook and the benefit of its back office contract with Cognizant (CTSH) which positions the company well for sustainable earnings growth through 2016. Shares of Health Net remain Positive rated with a $55 price target on the shares.
08:46 EDTWCGWellCare downgraded at Wedbush
As noted earlier, Wedbush downgraded WellCare to Neutral from Outperform. The firm no longer sees the company as a takeover candidate, and it thinks that the company will need at least 2-3 years to turn itself around. Target to $55 from $70.
07:22 EDTWCGWellCare downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
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August 14, 2014
17:00 EDTCIGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:11 EDTWCGWellCare expects to appoint Andrew Asher as CFO in November
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14:13 EDTUNHOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:06 EDTHUMHumana management to meet with Oppenheimer
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08:05 EDTHUMHumana management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Denver/Minneapolis on August 14 hosted by UBS.
August 13, 2014
18:24 EDTHNTDepartment of Veterans Affairs expands contract with Health Net Federal Services
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06:02 EDTWLPWellPoint changing corporate name to Anthem Inc.
WellPoint announced plans to change its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. The change is expected to take place by the end of 2014.
August 12, 2014
06:35 EDTHNT, MOH, WLP, CNC, AET, HUMManged Care recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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August 8, 2014
17:25 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare subsidiary acquires First Coast Florida Medicaid assets
Molina Healthcare announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Molina Healthcare of Florida has entered into a definitive agreement with First Coast Advantage to acquire certain assets related to First Coast Advantageís Medicaid business. As a part of the transaction, Molina Healthcare of Florida will assume First Coast Advantageís Medicaid contract and certain provider agreements for Region 4 of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Managed Medical Assistance Program in the State of Florida. The closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including obtaining approval for the transaction from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
09:12 EDTHNTHealth Net price target raised to $68 from $60 at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee increased its price target on Health Net as the firm expects the company to perform well regardless of challenges in its sector. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:59 EDTUNHBenefitfocus price target raised to $45 from $41 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Benefitfocus (BNFT) to $45 from $41 following its better than expected Q2 results. The firm cited continued momentum, its United Health (UNH) win, and its potential to establish itself as one of the premier vendors in the benefits administration space. Canaccord keeps a Buy rating on Benefitfocus.

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