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HUM

Humana

$168.44

-9.09 (-5.12%)

, AET

Aetna

$110.37

-1.7 (-1.52%)

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Divergence of health insurance deals could be investing opportunity, WSJ says

Since the Justice Department has sued to block the mergers between Aetna (AET) and Humana (HUM) and Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI), the former pair has appeared to cooperate toward a resolution to get the deal done, while the latter pair has been bickering and appears unlikely to be able to defeat the government, contended The Wall Street Journal's Charley Grant in a "Heard on the Street" column yesterday. The market is saying both deals have a similarly low chance of getting completed, which Grant views as an investing opportunity, as he notes that Humana's shares offer "significant upside" if its merger deal goes through. Reference Link

HUM

Humana

$168.44

-9.09 (-5.12%)

AET

Aetna

$110.37

-1.7 (-1.52%)

ANTM

Anthem

$120.85

-1.05 (-0.86%)

CI

Cigna

$121.96

-3.04 (-2.43%)

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HUM Humana
$168.44

-9.09 (-5.12%)

10/12/16
STFL
10/12/16
NO CHANGE
STFL
Humana shares defended at Stifel
10/12/16
CANT
10/12/16
NO CHANGE
Target $225
CANT
Buy
Humana CMS star rating news shouldn't impact Aetna deal, says Cantor
After Humana (HUM) reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that the percentage of the company's membership in 4-Star plans or higher declined to approximately 37% from approximately 78% in the prior year, Cantor analysts said they do not expect the news to impact 2017 enrollment or the pending Aetna (AET) deal. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and $225 price target on Humana shares.
08/25/16
COWN
08/25/16
NO CHANGE
COWN
Managed Care mergers unlikely to close, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Christine Arnold believes the current managed care mergers including Aetna (AET) and Humana (HUM) and Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) are unlikely to close. The analyst said the government's ability to appeal could extend the litigation process beyond the termination dates stipulated in the merger agreements. Arnold believes the Aetna/Humana merger has a better chance of closing relative to the Anthem/Cigna deal, but believes neither are likely to close.
09/22/16
EVER
09/22/16
INITIATION
EVER
Buy
Humana initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI
AET Aetna
$110.37

-1.7 (-1.52%)

09/22/16
EVER
09/22/16
INITIATION
Target $128
EVER
Buy
Aetna initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel initiated Aetna with a Buy and a $128 price target.
09/29/16
PACS
09/29/16
DOWNGRADE
PACS
Underweight
Pacific Crest cuts Fitbit to sell, sees share downside to $11
Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson downgraded Fitbit (FIT) to Underweight from Sector Weight after his channel checks indicated that Charge 2, the company's flagship holiday product, is off to a slow start. Underweight is Pacific Crest's equivalent of a sell rating. Charge 2 inventory is accumulating in the channel and sell-through is below initial Blaze/Alta levels, Erickson tells investors in a research note. The analyst continues to believe that a large portion of Fitbit owners stop using the device within months. Further, he views the corporate wellness deal between Aetna (AET) and Apple (AAPL) as a "substantial negative" for Fitbit. Erickson sees downside to $11 for shares of Fitbit. The stock closed yesterday up 17c to $16.70.
ANTM Anthem
$120.85

-1.05 (-0.86%)

09/22/16
EVER
09/22/16
INITIATION
Target $133
EVER
Hold
Anthem initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI initiated Anthem with a Hold and a $133 price target.
09/20/16
BOFA
09/20/16
NO CHANGE
BOFA
Anthem removed from US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
09/13/16
JEFF
09/13/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $138
JEFF
Hold
Anthem downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst David Windley downgraded Anthem (ANTM) to Hold from Buy saying the restoration of some of the company's expense cuts could limit 2017 earnings growth. "The belt-tightening also potentially signals under-investment in the platform," Windley tells investors in a research note. He sees a lack of catalysts for Anthem shares and cut his price target to $138 from $156. The health benefit company closed yesterday up $1.63 to $128.58. In Managed Care, Windley's top pick is UnitedHealth (UNH). The company has an attractive valuation and "best-in-class" management team, Windley argues. He has a Buy rating on UnitedHealth with a $163 price target.
CI Cigna
$121.96

-3.04 (-2.43%)

09/22/16
EVER
09/22/16
INITIATION
Target $134
EVER
Hold
Cigna initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI initiated Cigna with a Hold and a $134 price target.
08/22/16
LEER
08/22/16
NO CHANGE
LEER
Leerink less positive that Anthem challenge to DOJ lawsuit will be successful
Following a conference call with an anti-trust specialist, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte is less positive that the Anthem (ANTM) challenge to the lawsuit by the DOJ will be successful. The analyst says that the specialist views the obstacles to a defense by Anthem-Cigna (CI) to the anti-trust concerns as too numerous to result in a successful close. Further, the analyst believes that any favorable decision, however unlikely, on the merger close, will likely be appealed by the DOJ. Nonetheless, the lower likelihood of this defense being successful may improve the odds of a successful Aetna (AET)-Humana (HUM) defense, the analyst notes.
08/15/16
FBRC
08/15/16
NO CHANGE
FBRC
FBR sees Anthem settlement with Justice Department as 'VERY unlikely'
FBR Capital analyst Chris Meekins says Friday's news reports implying an increased likelihood of a settlement between the Department of Justice and Anthem (ANTM) "may have created confusion among investors about what actually occurred at the August 12 hearing." After reviewing the transcript, the analyst believes nothing in the hearing indicated that a settlement was under active consideration. The Justice Department said, "We're always willing to hear any proposals that the defendants have," but did not say it was in settlement talks, Meekins tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes a settlement regarding Anthem's proposed acquisition of Cigna (CI) is "VERY unlikely." Anthem closed Friday up $1.99 to $130.19 while Cigna rose $6.69 to $133.31.

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UNH

UnitedHealth

$193.03

-2.18 (-1.12%)

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Aetna

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Anthem

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-0.64 (-0.35%)

CI

Cigna

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0.61 (0.33%)

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First Solar

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Finish Line

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Versartis

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Intercept

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DLR

Digital Realty

$114.51

-1.72 (-1.48%)

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TSYS

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FB

Facebook

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Facebook

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DCIX

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ATOS

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Chubb

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AAPL

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