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  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said on Tuesday the company is talking to federal and state officials on its $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc and that there is enough insurance competition for it to receive approval. If Aetna or Humana need to divest in a market because of the competitive dynamics, "there will be plenty of competitors...

  • Aug 4- Aetna Inc on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected adjusted net profit for the second quarter and said "moderate" medical costs boosted the profitability of its government Medicare and Medicaid plans. The third-largest U.S. health insurer, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc, also raised its full-year forecast for adjusted net profit to...

  • The third-largest U.S. health insurer, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc, also raised its full-year forecast for adjusted net profit to at least $7.40 per share from $7.20- $7.40. Aetna agreed to buy Humana in early July for $37 billion, just weeks before Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp reached a deal for $47 billion. Aetna's net profit rose to $731.8...

  • Aug 4- Health insurer Aetna Inc, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc for $37 billion, reported a 33 percent rise in quarterly profit as it added more members to its government plans. Aetna's net profit rose to $731.8 million, or $2.08 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $548.8 million, or $1.52 per share, a year earlier.

  • Aetna's second-quarter earnings jumped 33 percent and the health insurer raised its 2015 forecast again after receiving a boost from a government business it plans to feed with a $35 billion acquisition. Aetna said Thursday that higher underwriting margins or improved profitability helped balance a jump in operating costs. For the second quarter, Aetna...

  • Markets find new sources of angst Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 7:03 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    There's no correlation between crude oil and the S&P 500 right now but there has been at times in the past, said John Kosar of Asbury Research.

  • Government plays bigger role for health insurers Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
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    For health insurers, government health programs have become an increasingly important part of their business.

  • Jobs data big, but no slam dunk for rate hike Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    August is here, bringing the final few pieces of data the Fed has left to consider before it holds its rates meeting in September.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department...

  • July 30- Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed last week to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion, said on Thursday that medical services use was low in the second quarter, helping to keep costs in check and beat Wall Street profit estimates. Cigna's report of a continued low utilization trend backs up a growing industry view of this closely watched component of...

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc, which plans to buy rival Cigna Corp for $54 billion, on Wednesday said medical costs, particularly in its Medicaid and Medicare businesses, were at the low end of expectations and helped boost second-quarter profit. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire...

  • July 29- Health insurer Humana Inc, which earlier this month agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion, on Wednesday reported a rise in a key medical cost metric that missed analyst expectations. Humana's consolidated benefit ratio, or the ratio of its spending on medical claims versus premium revenue it takes in, was 85.2 percent compared with 83.1 percent...

  • Humana beats 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Humana's second-quarter earnings jumped about 25 percent in a better-than-expected performance, as a business sale gain and premium growth helped the Medicare Advantage coverage provider. Premiums, Humana's chief form of revenue, climbed 14 percent to $13.21 billion in the quarter. The insurer said its enrollment in individual and group...

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong enrollments in its government business, particularly Medicaid. Managed care companies that sell government-sponsored plans for the under-insured or uninsured have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, boosting revenue in that...

  • Insurer Anthem hikes 2015 forecast, 2Q earnings climb Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:36 AM ET

    The Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier now expects 2015 adjusted earnings to top $10 per share, up from a previous forecast for earnings of greater than $9.90 per share. Second-quarter net income jumped to $859.1 million from $731.1 million, helped by enrollment gains in state and federally funded Medicaid coverage. Anthem Inc. its sells coverage in California,...

  • July 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would consider buying the Medicare Advantage plans its rivals are likely to divest during the current phase of consolidation in the managed care industry. Anthem Inc said last week that it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S....

  • JERUSALEM— Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Monday it is purchasing Dublin- based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company. Statements from both companies say the deal will see Allergan receive $33.75 billion in cash and shares...

  • That's how many big companies could remain after the proposed combinations of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana, and experts say it would at a minimum bring close scrutiny of the deals. At only three companies, "The agencies' ears tend to perk up," said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations at the Justice Department as an antitrust attorney.

  • Health insurer Anthem to buy Cigna in $54.2B deal Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:37 PM ET
    People walk past an office building of health insurer Anthem in Los Angeles, California.

    Anthem said on Friday it would buy Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc's decision to buy Cigna Corp, forming the largest U.S. health insurer by membership, will likely speed consolidation across the healthcare industry, from hospitals to drugmakers. Anthem announced its proposed $54 billion purchase of Cigna on Friday, just weeks after Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc for $37 billion.