NEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.
In just three weeks, starting with Aetna's $35 billion bid for Humana Inc. on July 3, the landscape of U.S. health care has been altered in a buyout frenzy that could transform five massive U.S. health companies into just three, including UnitedHealth Group.
2. Earnings overdrive, US companies putting up strong quarter - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — So far, second-quarter earnings have been like Christmas in July on Wall Street.
Over the last week 38 companies on the S&P 500 index have reported second-quarter results and S&P Capital IQ says most have posted bigger-than-expected profits. The market has responded, sending what has been a lackluster index up 3 percent since last Thursday's close, when the earnings season kicked off.3. HCA, other hospital stocks leap after Supreme Court backs overhaul - Friday, June 26, 2015
Investors in hospital stocks rejoiced Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and eliminated the prospect of a sudden influx of uninsured patients seeking care.4. Hospital stocks leap after Supreme Court backs overhaul - Friday, June 19, 2015
Investors in hospital stocks rejoiced Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and eliminated the prospect of a sudden influx of uninsured patients seeking care.5. Focus on talk of company deals sends US stock indexes higher - Friday, June 12, 2015
Signs of more corporate dealmaking sent U.S. stocks higher on Tuesday, allowing investors to take their mind off Greece's debt troubles.
Investors were also looking ahead to Wednesday's economic and interest rate policy update from the Federal Reserve. They'll be looking for hints as to when the central bank will begin raising its key interest rate after holding it close to zero for more than six years.
6. Walgreens, insurers push expansion of virtual doctor visits - Friday, June 05, 2015
Walgreens expects to reach about half the country by the end of the year with a new service that lets people see doctors for minor ailments without leaving home, through smartphone, tablet or computer.7. UnitedHealth hits all the notes, shares head for new heights - Friday, April 10, 2015
UnitedHealth hiked its 2015 forecast after soaring past Wall Street's first-quarter expectations with a performance fueled in part by growth outside health insurance.
Shares of the nation's largest health insurer climbed toward another all-time high before markets opened Thursday and after it said it now expects annual earnings of $6.15 to $6.30 per share, up from a forecast of $6 to $6.25 per share that it made late last year.8. Stocks gain on encouraging signs in spending and home sales - Friday, March 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are closing higher following encouraging news on consumer spending and home sales.
Energy stocks and banks had some of the biggest gains Monday.
9. UnitedHealth earnings rise 6 pct, top Wall St. expectations - Friday, January 16, 2015
UnitedHealth topped Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter, and the nation's largest health insurer brought an optimistic vibe for the new year as it detailed final results from 2014.
The Minneapolis-based insurer said Wednesday that it expects stronger enrollment growth from Medicare Advantage plans, a key product that had been pinched by funding cuts in recent years. It also has already gained more than 400,000 customers through its expanded presence on the health care overhaul's public insurance exchanges, and operating earnings from its Optum segment, which runs several businesses outside health insurance, climbed more than 50 percent.
10. Health care overhaul doubts ease for insurers - Friday, October 24, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — What a difference a year makes. The nation's biggest health insurers entered last fall cautious about a major coverage expansion initiated by the health care overhaul, the federal law that aims to cover millions of uninsured people.11. 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling - Friday, August 22, 2014
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.12. Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift - Friday, July 18, 2014
The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.13. Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift - Friday, July 11, 2014
The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.14. Onlife Health names Redman vice president - Friday, June 20, 2014
Onlife Health, Inc., a national wellness company based in Brentwood, has named Matthew Redman vice president of account management. In this position, Redman will be responsible for all facets of sales and account management for current Onlife Health clients.15. Stocks drift after Google, IBM earnings disappoint - Friday, April 11, 2014
Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between gains and losses in morning trading Thursday amid a crop of disappointing corporate earnings. Google, IBM and insurers UnitedHealth and WellPoint were among the big market decliners.16. Aetna's 4Q profit jumps 94 pct, misses forecasts - Friday, January 31, 2014
Aetna Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled, thanks in part to a $6.9 billion acquisition, but the nation's third largest health insurer missed Wall Street's earnings expectations.
The Hartford, Conn., company also reaffirmed a 2014 forecast for earnings that could fall below analyst predictions. Its shares were little changed in premarket trading Thursday.
17. Insurer UnitedHealth's 4Q profit rises 15 percent - Friday, January 10, 2014
UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter earnings jumped 15 percent and topped expectations, as the nation's largest health insurer booked a sizeable gain from a business that doesn't sell insurance.
The Minnetonka, Minn., company's shares climbed 4 percent in early premarket trading Thursday after it released results.18. US stocks rally, breaking a three-day slump - Friday, January 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied Tuesday, ending a slump that had ushered in the New Year.
The Standard and Poor's 500 index climbed the most in three weeks, led by gains for health care stocks. UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, and Johnson & Johnson both climbed on recommendations for brokerage firms.
19. UnitedHealth's 3Q profit edged up 1 percent - Friday, October 11, 2013
UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s third-quarter earnings inched up 1 percent in a rare performance that failed to trump Wall Street expectations, and the nation's largest health insurer gave a less-than-reassuring vibe to investors by narrowing its 2013 forecast instead of raising it.20. Wall Street looks to return to 'normalcy' - Friday, October 11, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher Thursday as investors got back to focusing on corporate earnings and economic data.
It's a change of pace for Wall Street, which had been completely focused on the Washington's political drama over the last month. Now that the U.S. has avoided the possibility of default, at least for a few months, traders are returning to a state of normalcy.
21. ACA: What you need to know before Oct. 1 - Friday, September 20, 2013
On October 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee. Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.22. Health insurer Aetna's 2Q profit rises 17 percent - Friday, July 26, 2013
Aetna Inc.'s second-quarter earnings jumped 17 percent, and the health insurer raised its 2013 forecast as it reaped revenue and enrollment gains from its acquisition of fellow insurer Coventry Health Care.23. UnitedHealth 2Q profit up as enrollment improves - Friday, July 12, 2013
MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s second-quarter net income rose almost 8 percent, buoyed by steady enrollment growth.24. Health insurer WellPoint's 1Q profit rises 3 pct - Friday, April 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — WellPoint Inc.'s first-quarter earnings rose about 3 percent, as the nation's second largest health insurer saw a revenue gain from an acquisition. It also raised its 2013 net income forecast.25. UnitedHealth warns of Medicare profit squeeze - Friday, April 19, 2013
UnitedHealth Group, the largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, warned Thursday that funding cuts for the privately-run versions of the federal Medicare program will force it to reconsider its expectations for earnings growth next year.26. Slight decline in midday trading on Wall Street - Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing earnings from a range of companies pushed the stock market lower on Thursday, giving major indexes their third loss this week.
Morgan Stanley, UnitedHealth Group and others sank in Thursday trading after turning in their quarterly financial results. Earnings and revenue dropped at Morgan Stanley as the bank made less money from trading bonds and commodities, a common theme for many investment banks this earnings season. Morgan Stanley lost 4 percent to $20.59.
27. Health insurers lead stocks higher on Wall Street - Friday, March 29, 2013
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high Tuesday after reports on auto sales and factory orders provided the latest evidence that the U.S. economy is strengthening. Traders plowed money back into European stocks as the financial situation in Cyprus appeared to stabilize.28. UnitedHealth's 4Q profit slips 1 pct as costs rise - Friday, January 11, 2013
UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 1 percent, as growing medical costs countered revenue gains for the nation's largest health insurer.29. Stocks tread water as next fiscal showdown looms - Friday, December 28, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market crept higher in midday trading Thursday, one day after the Dow Jones industrial average posted its biggest gain in more than a year.
Retailers reported mixed sales and the prospect of a new budget battle in Congress loomed.30. Dow loses 313 in post-election sell-off - Friday, November 02, 2012
Wall Street greeted a second Obama term the way it greeted the first.
Investors dumped stocks Wednesday in the sharpest sell-off of the year. With the election only hours behind them, they focused on big problems ahead in Washington and across the Atlantic Ocean.31. Insurers nervous over prospect of Romney victory - Friday, October 26, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — You'd think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney's improved election prospects, but instead they're in a quandary.
Although the industry hates parts of President Barack Obama's health care law, major outfits such as UnitedHealth Group and BlueCross Blue Shield also stand to rake in billions of dollars from new customers who'll get health insurance under the law. The companies already have invested tens of millions to carry it out.32. UnitedHealth plans intl growth with $4.9B deal - Friday, October 05, 2012
UnitedHealth Group will spend about $4.9 billion to buy a Brazilian health benefits and hospital services provider, as the largest U.S. health insurer takes a big leap toward international growth.
UnitedHealth, based in Minnetonka, Minn., says it will acquire about 90 percent of the outstanding shares of Amil Participacoes SA. The purchase price drops to $4.3 billion when counting Brazilian tax benefits.33. Stocks lower on weak outlook for 3Q, Asian economy - Friday, October 05, 2012
Investors looked warily at forecasts for poor U.S. corporate earnings and weaker growth in Asia and decided there wasn't much reason to buy stocks.
The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 26.50 points to close at 13,583.65 points Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 5.05 points to 1,455.88 and the Nasdaq composite lost 23.84 points to 3,112.35.34. Report: Premium hikes for top Medicare drug plans - Friday, September 21, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seniors enrolled in seven of the 10 most popular Medicare prescription drug plans will be hit with double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.35. US stocks drift as European gloom returns - Friday, September 21, 2012
U.S. stocks meandered sideways Monday as fears about Europe overshadowed recent excitement about central banks' efforts to boost the market.
Stocks opened lower, recovered by mid-afternoon to nearly flat and closed down modestly.36. WellPoint CEO Braly quits amid sagging results - Friday, August 24, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — WellPoint Inc. President and CEO Angela Braly resigned Tuesday amid investor frustration with disappointing financial results at the nation's second-largest health insurer.37. Insurer Aetna to buy Coventry in $5.7 billion deal - Friday, August 17, 2012
Aetna, one of the nation's biggest health insurers, staked a $5.7 billion claim in the burgeoning market for government-funded coverage Monday when it announced plans to buy fellow insurer Coventry Health Care.38. Gov't stepping up fight against health care fraud - Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up their game against health care fraud, the Obama administration and major insurers announced Thursday they will share raw data and investigative know-how on a scale not previously seen to try to shut off billions of dollars in questionable payments.39. UnitedHealth's 2Q profit rises 5.5 percent - Friday, July 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — UnitedHealth Group said Thursday that its second-quarter net income rose 5.5 percent, trumping Wall Street expectations, as enrollment gains helped fuel revenue growth and consumers continued to moderate their use of health care services.40. Hospital stocks jump after health care ruling - Friday, June 29, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospital stocks rose sharply Thursday after the Supreme Court guaranteed them millions more paying customers by upholding the core of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.41. High court ruling benefits most health care firms - Friday, June 29, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul is expected to benefit nearly every corner of the health care industry by expanding coverage to millions of Americans. But it's not a slam dunk.42. Hospital stocks jump after health care ruling - Friday, June 22, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospital stocks rose sharply Thursday after the Supreme Court guaranteed them millions more paying customers by upholding the core of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.43. Health care, bank stocks lead stock market lower - Friday, June 22, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Health care stocks tumbled Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, falling along with major banks as Wall Street worried about the European debt crisis and the sluggish U.S. economy.44. UnitedHealth plans to keep overhaul elements - Friday, June 08, 2012
Insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. sees some parts of the health care overhaul as sound medicine and plans to keep them regardless of whether the law survives an upcoming Supreme Court ruling.45. Dow leaps 286 points, best day of the year - Friday, June 01, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged 286 points Wednesday, its best day this year.
The rally started early and gathered force in the afternoon. The charge turned the Dow positive for 2012 and erased the biggest loss of the year less than a week after it happened: the 275-point plunge set off by a dismal U.S. jobs report on Friday.46. Health insurer WellPoint to buy 1-800 Contacts - Friday, June 01, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — WellPoint Inc. plans to buy contact lens retailer 1-800-Contacts Inc. in a deal that would give the insurer its first direct-to-consumer business outside selling individual health coverage.47. Oil up to near $103 amid strong corporate earnings - Friday, April 20, 2012
LONDON (AP) — Oil prices rose to near $103 a barrel Friday as strong earnings reports offset signs the U.S. economic recovery remains uneven.
Benchmark oil for May delivery was up $1.62 to $102.70 a barrel at early afternoon European time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 40 cents to settle at $102.27 in New York on Thursday.48. Stocks drop on mixed news on profits, economy - Friday, April 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — A slew of U.S. companies announced big profits Thursday, but investors spooked about the economy sold stocks anyway.
Investors shifted between buying and selling early Thursday, then stuck with selling after deciding that strong earnings results weren't enough to make up for weak reports on jobs, housing and manufacturing.49. Stocks rise, extending best start since 1998 - Friday, March 30, 2012
Rising consumer spending boosted stocks on Friday, and Wall Street closed its best first quarter since 1998.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66.22 points to close at 13,212.04. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 5.19 points to close at 1,408.47. The Nasdaq composite barely moved, falling 3.79 points to close at 3,091.57.50. Big gain for stocks after Bernanke remarks - Friday, March 23, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks leapt to multi-year highs and recorded one of their biggest gains of the year Monday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that the economy still needs help to produce faster job growth.51. Insurer UnitedHealth's 4Q profit jumps 20 percent - Friday, January 13, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income jumped 20 percent and trumped Wall Street expectations, but the insurer left its 2012 earnings forecast unchanged as it saw signs of health care use starting to pick back up.52. Stocks jump on reports of progress in Europe - Friday, October 14, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks jumped in late afternoon trading on reports that France and Germany have agreed to boost a rescue fund as part of an effort to stem the European debt crisis.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 234 points, or 2 percent, to 11,631 at 3:14 p.m. Eastern. The Dow added more than 100 points within minutes after the report.53. UnitedHealth's 3Q profit slips less than 1 percent - Friday, October 14, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s third-quarter net income edged slightly lower because medical costs rose, but the health insurer's revenue and enrollment grew and it increased its 2011 earnings forecast.54. Trying a new approach to primary care: prevention - Friday, July 15, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.55. UnitedHealth's 2Q profit climbs 13 percent - Friday, July 15, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter earnings rose 13 percent, as enrollment gains helped fuel revenue growth in several categories and consumers continued to moderate their health system use.