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  • Aetna's first-quarter earnings slid nearly 7 percent as enrollment dipped, but the nation's third-largest health insurer topped Wall Street expectations and hiked its 2016 profit forecast. The Hartford, Connecticut, company also said Thursday that it remains on track to close its roughly $35 billion acquisition of Medicare Advantage coverage provider...

  • UnitedHealth Group

    UnitedHealth's earnings set the tone for the health sector, and this quarterly report may be even more of a bellwether than usual.

  • Various Halliburton equipment being stored at the equipment yard in Alvarado, Texas.

    The U.S. Justice Department will file a lawsuit as soon as this week to stop Halliburton Co from acquiring smaller rival Baker Hughes Inc.

  • Humana and Aetna signage.

    Major health insurers are still a long way from gaining federal approval for their mergers, but they're optimistic their deals will close by year-end.

  • Stride Health on a mobile phone

    As the debate grows over worker protections in the gig economy, benefits start-up Stride Health is winning by partnering with Uber and Etsy.

  • Mark Bertolini, chairman and CEO of Aetna

    Aetna reported earnings on Monday that beat the Street's estimates and its CEO says its 2016 projections are appropriate.

  • A man walks out of the UniVista Insurance company office after shopping for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act, on December 15, 2015 in Miami.

    Mount Sinai Hospital's CEO told CNBC that while Obamacare survived a repeal attempt, it's locked in a tough game of numbers.

  • NYSE Traders on the floor.

    If Monday was any indication, we're in for a rocky January. Here's how to trade it.

  • Dec 31- Fed watching can be fun and profitable, but investors might want to broaden their focus and become Supreme Court watchers too. In an age in which most news is a commodity, instantly digested, often by automated traders using algorithms, Supreme Court cases not only move the market, but do it, crucially, with a delay, according to a recent academic study.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- When health insurer Humana Inc reported worse-than-expected quarterly earnings in late 2014- including a 21 percent drop in net income- it softened the blow by immediately telling investors it would make a $500 million share repurchase. It added around two cents to the company's annual earnings per share, allowing Humana to surpass its $7.50...

  • *GE terminates agreement after regulatory objections. STOCKHOLM/ WASHINGTON, Dec 7- General Electric on Monday walked away from a $3.3 billion agreement to sell its appliances business to Sweden's Electrolux, terminating the deal after months of opposition from U.S. antitrust regulators. The U.S. Justice Department had filed a lawsuit in July asking a judge to...

  • *UnitedHealth to decide next year whether to leave exchanges. Nov 19- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, warned on Thursday that it might stop selling individual health plans on the Obamacare exchanges in 2017, citing weak enrollment and high medical costs for people who did sign up. UnitedHealth's comments raise new questions about the...

  • UnitedHealth Group

    UnitedHealth cut its full-year profit forecast due to continued pressure on its Obamacare plans for individuals.

  • A woman sits with an insurance agent to pick an insurance health plan under the Affordable Care Act.

    The "Squawk on the Street" crew discusses the likely outcome if UnitedHealth were to exit health-care exchanges set up by Obamacare.

  • *Cuts 2015 EPS view to $6 from $6.25- $6.35. Nov 19- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, cut its full-year profit forecast due to continued pressure on its Obamacare plans for individuals, and said it was evaluating to what extent it would continue to offer these plans in 2017.. UnitedHealth had said in October that costs for these plans had dented...

  • *Best Buy's shares were down 8 percent to $28.82 in premarket trading, while J M Smucker was untraded after both reported results. *Dow component UnitedHealth's shares were down 3.8 percent to $112.80 in premarket trading after the health insurer cut its full-year profit forecast. Peers Humana fell 1.2 percent, while Cigna was down half a percent.

  • Nov 19- Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc cut its full-year profit forecast due to continued pressure on its Obamacare plans for individuals, and said it was evaluating to what extent it can continue to offer these plans in 2017.. "In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industry wide... so we are taking this...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- Two U.S. consumer groups announced the formation of a coalition with New York labor unions on Thursday to press antitrust regulators to oppose big insurance mergers that would cut the number of nationwide for-profit health insurers from five to three. The Coalition to Preserve Patient Choice, made up of the Consumer Federation of America,...

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