All Posts Tagged With: "Unitedhealth Group Inc."

(PL) Insurance Industry Stock Outlook – May 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews

The year 2013 started off much better than expected for the U.S. insurance industry, with most of the primary insurers beating first quarter earnings estimates and reporting relatively low combined ratios. Moreover, the sector continued to witness rising premium rates which started a year back after...

22May2013 | | Comments Off | Continued

(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 | 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 | 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 | Continued

(GNW) Insurance Stock Outlook – January 2013 – Zacks Analyst Interviews

The U.S. insurance industry entered 2013 facing the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in billions of insured losses. Though insurers were better prepared to withstand significant losses this time, the after-effect of the 2012 hurricane season was much more than expected. The impediments...

23Jan2013 | | Comments Off | 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 | 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 | 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 | Continued

(INTC) Earnings and Guidance to Fill In Puzzle

With inflation not much of a concern for investors or the Fed, this morning’s CPI reading is essentially a non-event. Favorable Industrial Production and homebuilder sentiment index readings coming out a little later may give some traction to today’s trading action. But the real backdrop for today’s...

29Oct2012 | | Comments Off | Continued

(INTC) Earnings – Guidance to Fill In Puzzle

With inflation not much of a concern for investors or the Fed, this morning’s CPI reading is essentially a non-event. Favorable Industrial Production and homebuilder sentiment index readings coming out a little later may give some traction to today’s trading action. But the real backdrop for today’s...

16Oct2012 | | Comments Off | Continued

(INTC) Earnings, Guidance to Fill In Puzzle

With inflation not much of a concern for investors or the Fed, this morning’s CPI reading is essentially a non-event. Favorable Industrial Production and homebuilder sentiment index readings coming out a little later may give some traction to today’s trading action. But the real backdrop for today’s...

16Oct2012 | | Comments Off | 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 | Continued

(AFG) A.M. Best Rates Cigna’s New Units

The financial strength ratings (“FSR”) and issuer credit ratings (“ICR”) of the subsidiaries of American Financial Group Inc. (AFG) – Loyal American Life Insurance Company, American Retirement Life Insurance Company, Central...

8Oct2012 | | Comments Off | Continued

(KFT) Did They Make the Right Pick in Dow 30 Shakeup?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, arguably the most famous and oft-quoted benchmark of American stock performance, will be swapping one of its components in one week’s time. The index will be removing Kraft Foods (KFT) and putting...

18Sep2012 | | Comments Off | Continued

(XHB) Stock Market News for September 17, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks rose to new multi-year highs on Friday after the Federal Reserve announced big plans to boost the economy. The gains came despite investor concerns about the extent to which the Fed can fix the economy and combat the high unemployment rate. Several economic reports released on Friday also...

17Sep2012 | | Comments Off | 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 | 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 | 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 | Continued

(PBM) Catalyst Health Solutions Acquired by SXC Health Solutions

On Monday, Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. was acquired by rival pharmacy benefits management (PBM) company, SXC Health Solutions Corp. (SXCI). Subsequently, Catalyst Health was de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange, on which...

8Jul2012 | | Comments Off | 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 | 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 | Continued

(CHSI) SXC Health Solutions to Buy Catalyst Health

On Wednesday, Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. (CHSI) announced that it has entered into a $4.4 billion takeover agreement with rival pharmacy benefits management (PBM) company, SXC Health Solutions Corp. (SXCI)....

21Apr2012 | | Comments Off | 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 | 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

(WLP) Health Insurers Cut Third Quarter Lobbying Costs

Most of the leading health insurance companies reduced their lobbying costs in the third quarter of 2011, compared with the second quarter, although many recorded a year-over-year increase. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), the largest...

6Dec2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

(PFE) Watson Pharmaceuticals Joins Pfizer for Generic Lipitor

November 30, 2011 was a big day for Pfizer, Inc. (PFE) with its blockbuster cholesterol drug, Lipitor, losing exclusivity in the US. With so many drugs losing exclusivity, why is the loss of exclusivity of Lipitor such a major event?...

6Dec2011 | | 0 comments | Continued

(UNH) UnitedHealth Group Provides 2012 Guidance

On Monday, through a brief press release, health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) announced its earnings outlook for the full year 2012. The company expects the earnings to be in the range of $4.55 to $4.75. It...

30Nov2011 | | 0 comments | Continued