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*Shares of U.S. health insurers rise, Humana up 9 pct. Feb 24- U.S. health insurers including Humana Inc said on Monday that the government's proposed cuts to privately run Medicare programs appear to represent a funding decline of around 4 percent, less than the possible cuts of 7 percent or deeper that analysts had been expecting.
*Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. *Men's Wearhouse raises offer for Jos. Gains were broad, with nine of the 10 S&P 500 sectors up on the day and a number of bellwethers, including Caterpillar Inc and Merck& Co, hitting 52- week highs.
Humana shares surged more than 7 percent Monday after it said proposed health department rate cuts may be more benign than anticipated.
*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 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.
Some of Wednesday's midday movers:
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.
Feb 5- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that it had received 202,000 applications through Jan. 31 for 2014 Obamacare health insurance plans in the 14 states where it offers them.
Feb 5- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss as it took a $243 million charge to set aside financial reserves for a group of long-term care policies that it no longer sells. Besides health plans, Humana also provides dental, vision.
Feb 5- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss as it took a 99- cent- per-share charge to set aside financial reserves for a group of long-term care insurance policies that it no longer sells. Besides health plans, Humana also provides dental, vision.
Traders await Friday's jobs report and watch emerging markets to see if the selloff can be contained.
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