From Aetna's view, the economy doesn't feel like it's growing as quickly as the government reported Wednesday, Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini says.» Read More
*Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. *Men's Wearhouse raises offer for Jos. RF Micro Devices Inc agreed to buy TriQuint Semiconductor Inc for about $1.6 billion, while Men's Wearhouse Inc raised its cash tender offer for rival men's clothing retailer Jos.
Feb 21- The U.S. government on Friday proposed a cut in payments to private health insurers for 2015 Medicare Advantage plans, a move Republican lawmakers said would hurt benefits for the elderly and disabled.
Credit rating giant Moody's warns that two proposed Obamacare rule changes would be "further credit negatives for health insurers."
Feb 7- Cigna Corp on Friday said costs in its private Medicare business were higher than expected in the fourth quarter and might continue on that path in 2014, resulting in a disappointing outlook and pushing its shares down nearly 9 percent.
But CEO Mark Bertolini said such a move would be a "last resort" and not a total withdrawal.
"We are seeing progress and growth," says Aetna CEO and President Mark Bertolini, discussing his concerns over Obamacare. Bertolini also offers a scenario where the insurance company could pull out of the program.
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday it expects to lose money on the Obamacare exchanges even as demand for these insurance plans has picked up over the past few weeks.
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday that demand for insurance plans on the Obamacare exchanges had picked up in the last few weeks and that it had signed up 135,000 paid members through the end of January.
*Green Mountain surges on deal with Coca-Cola. NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, as a better-than-expected report on weekly initial jobless claims boosted confidence the economy was improving, although caution remained ahead of Friday's employment report.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Thursday, ahead of a rate decision by the European Central Bank, as well as U.S. labor market data and the latest round of corporate earnings. *Twitter Inc shares tumbled 23 percent to $50.80 in premarket trade. *Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc surged 43.4 percent to $116 before the opening bell.
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday said fourth-quarter profit rose due to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare, and it forecast an increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business in 2014..
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday said fourth quarter profit rose due to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare and forecast an increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business in 2014..
Markets are in wait-and-see mode ahead of Friday's jobs report, but there are a few events Thursday that could sway the market's direction.
Feb 5- Humana Inc said on Wednesday that it received 202,000 applications for Obamacare health insurance plans, many of them from young people, but still gave a wide forecast for 2014 profit as it waits to see the demographics of future customers.
Traders await Friday's jobs report and watch emerging markets to see if the selloff can be contained.
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Aetna's CEO says Obamacare has failed to attract the uninsured, and he offered a scenario in which the company could be forced to pull out of program.