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  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc's planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp would boost healthcare costs. In many of those markets, the American Hospital Association said, there are no strong competitors to buy assets that Anthem or Cigna might want to sell to pass muster with...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc's planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp would boost healthcare costs. In many of those markets, the American Hospital Association said, there are no strong competitors to buy assets that Anthem or Cigna might want to sell to pass muster with...

  • *Medicaid memberships rise 10.8 pct. Last month, Anthem Inc said it would buy Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc announced the acquisition of Humana Inc.. The deals could present acquisition opportunities for WellCare and rival Centene Corp as Anthem and Aetna might have to sell some Medicare Advantage plans to satisfy antitrust regulators.

  • 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...

  • Health insurer Aetna's profit rises 33 pct Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    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.

  • Cyberthreat investments soar along with attacks Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 1:53 PM ET
    Hackers participate in the Wikimania Hackathon at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    The proliferation of high-profile cyberattacks has led investors rushing to find start-ups building next-generation security software.

  • 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...

  • July 29- Health insurer Humana Inc reported a 12.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it added more members to its Medicare Advantage business for individuals.

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Allergan plc CEO Brent Saunders is ready to put the $36 billion his company will net from the sale of its generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to work, possibly with another large, "transformational" merger. As head of Actavis, he then sealed a $66 billion purchase of Botox-maker Allergan, beating out rival suitor Valeant...

  • 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.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership and accelerating the industry's consolidation from five national players to three. The proposed acquisition, the health insurance industry's largest, comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • *To pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 for every Cigna share. July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. Anthem and Cigna are two of just four major insurers that administer self-insured plans for major companies.