Health Care Plans

(CVH) Coventry Health Care Beats Earnings Estimate

Coventry Health Care Inc. (CVH) reported first-quarter 2013 operating earnings per share of $1.00, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 79 cents as well as the prior-year earnings of 62 cents.

Including the impact...

16May2013 | | Comments Off on (CVH) Coventry Health Care Beats Earnings Estimate | Continued

(CI) Cigna Posts Strong First Quarter Earnings

Cigna Corp.’s (CI) first-quarter 2013 net operating earnings of $1.72 per share outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.43 per share. Moreover, the results surged nearly 39% year over year.

Better-than-expected results...

14May2013 | | Comments Off on (CI) Cigna Posts Strong First Quarter Earnings | Continued

(UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – March 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews

The health insurance industry has confronted many external challenges in the recent past, such as federal, state legislative and regulatory reforms, inability to meet the demand of more price- and service-conscious consumers, a fiercely competitive market, shift of customer mix and uncertain economic...

23Mar2013 | | Comments Off on (UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – March 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews | Continued

(AET) Aetna Partners Texas Health – Forms Accountable Care Organization

U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. (AET) has agreed to form an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) with Texas Health Resources. This is in sync with the company’s effort to improve the safety and quality of patient care and make health...

11Feb2013 | | Comments Off on (AET) Aetna Partners Texas Health – Forms Accountable Care Organization | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Analyst Maintains Neutral on Shares

We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on the shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH). Though we are bullish on the company’s long-term growth prospects, there remain certain headwinds, such as high unemployment, growing medical...

1Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (UNH) UnitedHealth Analyst Maintains Neutral on Shares | Continued

(HNT) Health Net Terminates Contract with Tenet

Yesterday, Health Net Inc. (HNT) announced that its subsidiaries have terminated their 3-year contract with 6 hospitals of Tenet Healthcare Corp. (THC) in Southern...

1Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (HNT) Health Net Terminates Contract with Tenet | Continued

(UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – November 2012 – Industry Outlook

The health insurance industry has confronted many external challenges in the recent past, such as an uncertain regulatory environment, a challenge to meet the demand of more price- and service-conscious consumers, a fiercely competitive market, shifts in customer mix and a slowly recovering economy,...

27Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – November 2012 – Industry Outlook | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Group Beats on Higher Revenue

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) reported its third quarter 2012 earnings of $1.50 per share, significantly ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.31 per share. Higher revenue across the board, strong enrollment growth, partially...

3Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (UNH) UnitedHealth Group Beats on Higher Revenue | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Group Discloses 2013 Medicare Plans

UnitedHealthcare – the health benefits segment of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) – has come out with its Medicare portfolio for 2013. It has also disclosed a low-cost Part-D Plan as well as its preferred pharmacy network, which...

9Oct2012 | | Comments Off on (UNH) UnitedHealth Group Discloses 2013 Medicare Plans | Continued

(AET) Aetna Engages in Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

Aetna Inc. (AET) has joined the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.  This initiative is one of the wide-ranging efforts taken by the Obama Administration to promote coordinated care at lower costs for all Americans, using...

26Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (AET) Aetna Engages in Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative | Continued

(AET) Aetna to Acquire Coventry Health Care

U.S. health insurerAetna Inc. (AET) signed an agreement to acquire Coventry Health Care Inc. (CVH) for $7.3 billion. The purchase consideration also included takeover...

22Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (AET) Aetna to Acquire Coventry Health Care | Continued

(CVH) Company News for August 21, 2012 – Corporate Summary

•    Shares of Coventry Health Care, Inc. (NYSE:CVH) surged 20.3% after Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) said it will acquire the health care provider for $5.7 billion in cash and stock

•    Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW)...

21Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (CVH) Company News for August 21, 2012 – Corporate Summary | Continued

(HNT) Health Net Raised to Neutral

We are upgrading our recommendation on Health Net Inc. (HNT) to Neutral from Underperform based on its strong financial position and high liquidity. Additionally, the policy of disposing non-profitable businesses, which has enabled...

21Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (HNT) Health Net Raised to Neutral | Continued

(AET) Aetna Shares Reiterated at Neutral

We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on the shares of Aetna Inc. (AET) following the company’s second-quarter earnings release. The company‘s second quarter 2012 earnings came in at $1.31 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus...

13Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (AET) Aetna Shares Reiterated at Neutral | Continued

(HUM) A Look At Earnings, the Economy and the Federal Reserve

Notwithstanding the sell-off today, the market has been holding up quite nicely despite the overwhelmingly negative tone of recent economic reports. Of course the earnings season has not been that bad, and many see weak economic reports as the ticket to another round of quantitative easing from the...

11Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (HUM) A Look At Earnings, the Economy and the Federal Reserve | Continued

(WLP) WellPoint to Buy Amerigroup

WellPoint Inc. (WLP) has announced that it has entered into a definitive deal with Amerigroup Corporation (AGP), under which it will acquire the latter for roughly...

10Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (WLP) WellPoint to Buy Amerigroup | Continued

(HNT) Health Net Lags – Lowers Guidance

Health Net Inc.’s (HNT) second-quarter 2012 operating income, which includes combined net earnings from Western Region and Government Contracts segments, came in at $15.9 million or 19 cents per share, declining substantially from...

6Aug2012 | | Comments Off on (HNT) Health Net Lags – Lowers Guidance | Continued

(UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – July 2012 – Industry Outlook

The health insurance industry has confronted many external challenges in the recent past, such as rising costs, a shortage of primary care physicians, uncertain political and regulatory environments, a shifting customer mix anda struggling economy, just to name a few. However, the final ruling of...

29Jul2012 | | Comments Off on (UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – July 2012 – Industry Outlook | Continued

(HUM) A Look At Earnings, the Economy and the Fed – Market Analysis

Notwithstanding the sell-off today, the market has been holding up quite nicely despite the overwhelmingly negative tone of recent economic reports. Of course the earnings season has not been that bad, and many see weak economic reports as the ticket to another round of quantitative easing from the...

24Jul2012 | | Comments Off on (HUM) A Look At Earnings, the Economy and the Fed – Market Analysis | Continued

(AET) Aetna Analyst Reiterates Shares at Neutral

We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on the shares of Aetna Inc. (AET) prior to its second quarter earnings release scheduled on July 31, 2012, before the opening bell.  The Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings is pegged...

16Jul2012 | | Comments Off on (AET) Aetna Analyst Reiterates Shares at Neutral | Continued

(CI) Cigna to Buy Medicare Advantage Plans

CIGNA Corp. (CI) announced its plans to purchase selected Medicare Advantage (“MA”) plans in the state of Texas and Arkansas. Cigna will buy the plans in three markets – Amarillo, Longview-Marshall and Texarkana – from...

30Jun2012 | | Comments Off on (CI) Cigna to Buy Medicare Advantage Plans | Continued

(CNC) Company News for June 12, 2012 – Corporate Summary

•    Shares of Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR) fell 8.9%, the highest in the last eight months, following news that Chief Executive Officer, John Figueroa has resigned. John Workman, President and Chief Financial Officer will serve as interim CEO

•  ...

12Jun2012 | | Comments Off on (CNC) Company News for June 12, 2012 – Corporate Summary | Continued

(HUM) Attention Shifts to Jobs – Earnings Preview

Earnings Preview – Week of April 30th

The focus this week will be on the labor market, with the April non-farm payroll report coming out on Friday. Many will be hoping that this report will provide confirmation that last month’s...

28Apr2012 | | Comments Off on (HUM) Attention Shifts to Jobs – Earnings Preview | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Group – Bull of the Day

UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) first quarter earnings came in significantly ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimates on the back of strong revenue growth at UnitedHealthcare as well as Optum businesses and strong enrollment growth....

26Apr2012 | | Comments Off on (UNH) UnitedHealth Group – Bull of the Day | Continued

(UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – April 2012 – Industry Outlook

Though the U.S. Health insurance industry continues to be relatively immune to economic difficulties, it has been still grappling with fundamental changes and consequent growth pangs. The industry has been facing its share of problems related to a sluggish economic recovery, uncertainty surrounding...

20Apr2012 | | Comments Off on (UNH) Health Insurance Stock Outlook – April 2012 – Industry Outlook | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Group – Bull of the Day

UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) fourth-quarter 2011 earnings came in substantially ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate, led by strong revenue growth from the UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses, partially offset by higher medical...

25Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Group – Bull of the Day

UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) fourth-quarter 2011 earnings came in substantially ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate, led by strong revenue growth from the UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses, partially offset by higher medical...

23Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

(HS) HealthSpring Shareholders Approve CIGNA Merger

The acquisition of HealthSpring Inc. (HS) by CIGNA Corp. (CI) has received the approval of the former company’s shareholders. The approval came from approximately...

22Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued

(AET) Health Insurance Stock Review – December 2011 – Industry Outlook

The Health and Medical Insurance industry is an integral part of the U.S. economy. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. health expenditures account for about 18% of U.S. GDP. Money spent per person on healthcare in the United States is more than in any other nation in...

15Dec2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

(CI) Cigna Rating Affirmed by A.M. Best

As a part of its annual rating review process, rating agency A.M. Best undertook its rating action on CIGNA Corp. (CI). The action resulted in affirmation of the company’s issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bbb” and financial strength...

7Dec2011 | | 0 comments | Continued