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  • Oct 15- UnitedHealth Group Inc reported a slightly better-than-expected profit in the third quarter, helped by stable medical costs in its health plans, but failed to impress investors and its shares fell more than 2 percent in midday trading. Analysts said shares in UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer and the first to report, have tended to fall...

  • Oct 15- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected profit in the third quarter, helped by stable medical costs in its health plans and higher revenue from its Optum pharmacy management business. UnitedHealth sold individual plans in about two dozen states in 2015 after only a few states in 2014..

  • Expect this fourth quarter surprise: Strategist Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 4:23 PM ET
    Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets.

    Here's why there could be a "surprising" stock market rally in the fourth quarter, strategist Brian Belski said Monday.

  • The hearing was called to discuss Anthem Inc's planned $47 billion takeover of rival Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc's plan to buy rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion. Overall, Aetna serves 46 million people on the commercial market while Humana has 14 million customers who are mainly served through Medicare Advantage. Anthem, the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield...

  • Sept 18- Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice asked for more information on its pending $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. The DoJ's so-called "second request" will delay by 30 days the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust act, Aetna said in a regulatory filing. Aetna's offer to buy...

  • Early movers: ADBE, LQ, AET, IGT, AAPL, BAC & more Friday, 18 Sep 2015 | 7:42 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The U.S. Senate's top antitrust overseer, elected with backing from the Tea Party, has fought the Obama administration and has a 100 percent rating from the conservative Heritage Foundation. But when it comes to enforcing antitrust law, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah stopped well short of faulting the administration.

  • Aetna Inc announced plans to buy smaller rival Humana Inc in early July and Anthem Inc agreed to buy Cigna Corp later that month. The health insurers also manage plans for Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs not included in the study. An Aetna and Humana merger would raise anti-competitive issues in as many as 14 states overall including Humana's...

  • Early movers: YUM, AET, STZ, DIS, PG, MSFT & more Tuesday, 8 Sep 2015 | 8:52 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Take a look at some of Tuesday's early movers: YUM, AET, STZ, DIS, PG, MSFT & more

  • Hospital powerhouse forged in the wake of Katrina Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Patients and staff of the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans are evacuated by boat after floodwater surrounded the facility on Aug. 31, 2005.

    Katrina enabled Ochsner Baptist to hit the "reset button," said Ochsner Health System CEO Warner Thomas.

  • Want to work from home? Check out these jobs Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    Telecommuter work from home

    FlexJobs looked at data from 30,000 companies to compile the top companies offering the most telecommuting jobs. Take a look.

  • Goldman M&A head: This is driving merger boom Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 4:52 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Mergers and acquisitions have set a blistering pace this year, and that is unlikely to slow until shareholders stop rewarding deals.

  • Red-hot M&A doesn't signal a bubble: Lazard's Parr Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    Gary Parr, Vice Chairman Lazard.

    With global dealmaking this year expected to exceed the record levels of 2007, Lazard Vice Chairman Gary Parr tells CNBC why he's not worried about froth.

  • A positive side effect of health-insurance mergers Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Doctor explaining diagnosis to patient

    A couple of big health-insurance mergers could have a very positive side effect, says consultant Jon Kaplan.

  • Aetna piecing together mega deal Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    Aetna piecing together mega deal

    Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini, discusses the company's decision to raise its guidance for the year, competition in the Medicare space and the Humana deal.

  • Aetna posts Q2 profits Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Aetna posts Q2 profits

    Aetna reports better-than-expected Q2 profit; raises guidance for the year.

  • Early movers: AET, TIME, REGN, BABA, ADM & more Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 7:54 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Markets find new sources of angst Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 6:03 AM 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.

  • 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
    Healthcare

    For health insurers, government health programs have become an increasingly important part of their business.