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  • 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 said it will pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 of its shares for every Cigna share held. The deal- the biggest ever in the health insurance industry- comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • Health insurer Anthem to buy Cigna in $54.2 bln deal Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 6:08 AM ET

    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. Cigna shareholders will get $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 Anthem shares. The deal comes three weeks after Aetna Inc struck a deal to buy Humana Inc for $37 billion and is part of an industry-wide consolidation of the health...

  • Anthem to announce deal to buy Cigna on Friday Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 9:17 AM ET
    An exterior view of the Anthem Health Insurance headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    U.S. health insurer Anthem is planning to announce a deal to acquire Cigna for $188 a share on Friday, sources told CNBC.

  • July 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a quarterly profit that handily beat analysts' estimate as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted its M&A advisory fees. M&A and other advisory fees, which account for 45 percent of Lazard's operating revenue, rose 17 percent to $273.2 million in the second quarter ended June. Some of the big deals...

  • Most issues that were preventing Anthem and Cigna from reaching a deal, such as price and the role of Cigna Chief Executive David Cordani, have been resolved, the people said. Anthem has slightly improved on its previous cash and stock offer of $184 per share and will pay somewhere near $187 per share for Cigna, one of the people said. The Wall Street Journal earlier...

  • Most issues that were preventing a deal, such as price and the role of Cigna Chief Executive David Cordani, have been resolved, the person said, without offering details. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that Anthem was nearing an agreement to pay about $187 per share for Cigna. Cigna shares jumped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $161 while Anthem's...

  • Cigna shares jumped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $161 while Anthem's shares were marginally lower after closing at $155.10 on Wednesday. Anthem is expected to pay about $187 per share for Cigna in a deal that could be announced as soon as Thursday, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Cigna also said it was concerned other members of...

  • Cigna shares spike on Anthem takeover report Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:24 PM ET
    Anthem Health Insurance headquarters on February 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Anthem is closing in on a deal to buy Cigna for $187 per share, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday forecast higher profit and said medical costs were under control, pushing off any discussion about its role in a frenzy of insurer consolidation. Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have recently struck a deal, and Anthem Inc is in pursuit of Cigna Corp. UnitedHealth has also been reported to have...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday its medical costs were as expected during the second quarter, but analysts were disappointed, saying the ratio of medical costs to premiums was higher than expected. It raised its profit forecast for the full year to $6.25- $6.35 per share from $6.15- $6.30 on revenue of about $154...

  • UnitedHealth CEO says insurer has 'plenty of scale' Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley said on Thursday during a conference call that the company's mergers and acquisition strategy has not changed and that it expects to continue to build and diversify its business. Hemsley was responding to a question about how UnitedHealth is approaching M&A at a time when...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as enrollments increased and its Optum health services business performed better. UnitedHealth is the first of the national health insurers to report earnings, at a time when the industry is in the midst of consolidation, with Aetna Inc and...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a quarterly profit that jumped 12.6 percent as revenue increased in its Optum business and enrollments increased. The insurer's net income rose to $1.59 billion, or $1.64 per share, for the quarter ended June 30 from $1.41 billion, or $1.42 per share, a year earlier. 3/ 8. Its report comes at a time...

  • Ex-Medicare head to lead health insurance lobby Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 2:44 PM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    Marilyn Tavenner, who was in charge of HealthCare.gov's rollout, will head health insurance lobbying, The New York Times reports.

  • What to watch from UnitedHealth earnings Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    United Health Group

    UnitedHealth may not be in the hunt to acquire a rival, but industry consolidation will be a big topic when it releases earnings.

  • 'Widespread' errors in Medicare Advantage payments Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
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    Five audits detailed mistakes in almost two-thirds of payments the government made.

  • UPDATE 1-Anthem, Cigna progressing towards deal - CNBC Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    July 9- Health insurers Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna backed down on its differences over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. The tweets also quoted sources as saying that UnitedHealth Group Inc was looking to bid for Cigna. Cigna shares were up 3 percent at $155.08 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • Humana, Aetna set termination fees for deal Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    July 7- Health insurer Humana Inc and buyer Aetna Inc set fees to be paid in the event of a failure of the largest deal in the health insurance industry. Aetna, which said last week it would buy Humana for about $37 billion in cash and stock, has to pay a termination fee of $1.69 billion, Humana said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. Humana would pay the larger rival $1.31...

  • Aetna falls after Humana deal. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Greece would bring a proposal for a cash-for-reforms deal to an emergency summit of euro zone leaders on Tuesday, a Greek official said. Though Greece is causing a lot of uncertainty, a deal should get done to keep them in the Euro Zone, according to...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed mildly lower, recovering from sharp opening losses on selloff overseas, as traders shook off concerns of contagion from Greece.