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ANTM

Anthem

$145.28

2.04 (1.42%)

, CI

Cigna

$138.30

1.53 (1.12%)

18:43
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Anthem tells judge customers would benefit from Cigna deal, WSJ says

Executives at Anthem (ANTM) testified to a judge that consumers would benefit from the insurer's proposed takeover of Cigna (CI), noting that the new entity would be highly innovative and would not affect intense competition in the sector, the Wall Street Journal reports. Morgan Kendrick, who is in charge of national customer accounts at Anthem, claimed that innovation is "oxygen" to the insurer's business and that Cigna "is exceptionally innovative," the report says. Kendrick added that, contrary to the government's claims, the health insurance market would still be competitive if the merger is approved by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the report says. The executive claims that Cigna is not a top competitor of Anthem's, and that UnitedHealth (UNH) and Aetna (AET) are much greater competitors, the report says. Reference Link

ANTM

Anthem

$145.28

2.04 (1.42%)

CI

Cigna

$138.30

1.53 (1.12%)

UNH

UnitedHealth

$157.59

5.48 (3.60%)

AET

Aetna

$132.03

3.64 (2.84%)

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ANTM Anthem
$145.28

2.04 (1.42%)

11/04/16
DBAB
11/04/16
UPGRADE
Target $70
DBAB
Hold
Express Scripts upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst George Hill last night upgraded Express Scripts (ESRX) to Hold and raised his price target for the shares to $70 from $69. The analyst says he's "increasing confident" that Express "will serve and monetize" the Anthem (ANTM) contract through 2019. The two companies may even 'find their way to a resolution," Hill tells investors in a research note following the company's earnings conference cal. He believes 2017 consensus estimates for Express are likely too low.
11/15/16
WELS
11/15/16
UPGRADE
WELS
Outperform
Anthem upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Peter Costa upgraded Anthem to Outperform saying the "replace" options from the Republicans to the Affordable Care Act are likely to drive higher margins. Further, the analyst expects Anthem to benefit from lower corporate taxes under President-elect Trump. Costa raised his price target range for the shares to $172-$185 from $132-$144.
11/22/16
WOLF
11/22/16
UPGRADE
Target $173
WOLF
Outperform
Anthem upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe upgraded Anthem to Outperform and raised its price target to $173 from $165 saying Medicaid/Individual pressures should be offset by potential accretion from Express Scripts.
11/09/16
BERN
11/09/16
NO CHANGE
BERN
Health insurers to see multiple catalysts from Trump presidency, says Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Lance Wilkes says that "repealing and replacing Obamacare will be Trump's primary focus." The analyst expects health insurers to benefit from from the repeal of ACA taxes and the elimination of requirements to spend a certain percentage of revenue on medical costs. Wilkes expects Anthem (ANTM) and Blue Cross/Blue Shield providers to benefit from the elimination of public exchanges and broad coverage requirements. Other health insurers include Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG).
CI Cigna
$138.30

1.53 (1.12%)

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.
10/17/16
JPMS
10/17/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $132
JPMS
Neutral
Anthem downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Gary Taylor downgraded Anthem (ANTM) to Neutral citing concerns over the company's individual insurance exchange exposure into 2017. Anthem's insurance exchange enrollment is poised to expand materially as other plans exit, Taylor tells investors in a research note. The analyst also assigns a less than 10% chance that the company's pending acquisition of Cigna (CI) gets approved. He lowered his price target for Anthem shares to $132 from $154.
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.
UNH UnitedHealth
$157.59

5.48 (3.60%)

11/09/16
MZHO
11/09/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $135
MZHO
Neutral
UnitedHealth downgraded to Neutral on Republican win at Mizuho
As previously reported, Mizuho analyst Sheryl Skolnick downgraded UnitedHealth to Neutral from Buy citing Donald Trump's election and the move to a GOP Congress. Following the election results, Skolnick sees an "extreme risk" for the ACA to be repealed and replaced and for the loss of the Medicaid expansion, both of which she notes have been primary drivers of results for hospitals and health plans. She cut her price target on the stock to $135 from $169.
11/09/16
MZHO
11/09/16
DOWNGRADE
MZHO
Neutral
UnitedHealth downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
10/19/16
LEER
10/19/16
NO CHANGE
Target $175
LEER
Outperform
UnitedHealth price target raised to $175 from $165 at Leerink
Leerink analyst Ana Gupte raised her price target for UnitedHealth to $175 from $165 after the company reported a "solid beat and raise" Q3, giving her more confidence in the strength of the company's diversified platform and execution while also offering positive read-across for Commercial Fully Insured & Individual fundamentals to the rest of the group. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
AET Aetna
$132.03

3.64 (2.84%)

11/11/16
11/11/16
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Disney (DIS) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays with analyst Kannan Venkateshwar saying ESPN is "de-risked" going into 2017 after management quantified the impact of the new NBA contract. 2. Aetna (AET) and Humana (HUM) were upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, while the firm upgraded WellCare (WCG) to Neutral from Underperform. 3. Anadarko (APC) and EOG Resources (EOG) were upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim. 4. Tiffany (TIF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen with analyst Oliver Chen saying he believes the luxury market is coming back and Tiffany is well positioned and a trusted brand. 5. Vornado (VNO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill with analyst James Feldman saying he believes the decision to spin DC and partner with JBG will allow management to focus on the New York City platform and notes the Penn Plaza corridor is rapidly improving. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
11/15/16
ARGS
11/15/16
NO CHANGE
ARGS
Aetna price target raised to $145 from $130 at Argus
Argus analyst David Toung says that Aetna's Q3 results were "strong," excluding its ACA-compliant exchange plans. Toung believes that the Trump Administration could be more likely to approve the company's merger with Humana (HUM) than a Democratic administration would have been. He keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
11/21/16
WELS
11/21/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Humana is best positioned health insurer, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Humana (HUM) is the best positioned health insurer going forward, given Wells' estimate that it obtains 70%+ of its revenue from Medicare Advantage. The firm expects the latter program to be strengthened under the Trump Administration. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Humana, which has agreed to be acquired by Aetna (AET).
11/14/16
BERN
11/14/16
DOWNGRADE
BERN
Market Perform
Aetna downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein

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