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Centene

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Morgan Stanley sees Centene pullback on Trump ACA order as buying opportunity

As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Zack Sopcak said he views today's weakness in Centene shares following President Trump's executive order to cut off ACA subsidy payments as a buying opportunity, highlighting three reasons that the move lower is particularly "exaggerated." First, New York AG Eric Schneiderman has said his state and a coalition of other, including California, plan to sue if subsidies were cut off, so the legal fight may delay the impact. Second, Centene has previously said it submitted two bids in most markets; one assuming Cost Sharing Reduction, or CSR, payments, one without. Third, following its pending Fidelis acquisition, he estimates total Centene exposure to exchanges to be about 8%, with roughly 60% of those receiving CSRs. Sopcak reiterate his Overweight rating and $103 price target on Centene, which is down 6% to $88 per share near midday.

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CNC Centene
$88.77

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OPCO
09/29/17
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Target $105
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Outperform
Centene price target raised to $105 from $95 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Michael Wiederhorn raised his price target for Centene to $105 and would continue to be a buyer of the stock. After attending meetings with management, the analyst believes the company "remains attractively positioned," especially in light of the failed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He sees reduced risk around repeal and keeps an Outperform rating on Centene.
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Bernstein does not anticipate ACA fix/repeal before 2018 election
While noting the resignation of Health Secretary Tom Price, Bernstein analyst Lance Wilkes says he does not anticipate an Affordable Care act fix or ACA repeal before the 2018 election. The analyst expects tax reform will "suck the oxygen out of the room" until close to the election. A fix for 2019 is possible, but faces the headwind of the 2018 election campaign, he contends, adding that he believes CSR funding could be included in a trade for the upcoming budget and the Health Insurance Fee could be suspended as part of tax reform, but both are not highly likely at this point. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG).
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Ending of ACA subsidies most negative for Centene, says Leerink
Leerink analyst Ana Gupte says the shutting off of the cost sharing subsidies on Affordable Care Act exchanges is most negative for Centene (CNC). The company is "highly profitable" on the exchanges at 15% of earnings, Gupte tells investors in a research note. Molina Healthcare (MOH) and Anthem (ANTM) are exposed on the top line but are losing money, the analyst adds. She notes that UnitedHealth (UNH), Humana (HUM) and Aetna (AET) have exited the exchanges while WellCare (WCG) has not been on them. Centene in premarket trading is down 6% to $88.00 while Molina is down 3% to $61.50.
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Centene weakness a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley

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