Cigna Corp. rose$. 86 or. 9 percent, to $96.39. Humana Inc. rose$. 54 or. 4 percent, to $133.56. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 99 or 1.2 percent, to $86.05.
Cigna Corp. rose$. 98 or 1.0 percent, to $96.51. Humana Inc. rose $1.56 or 1.2 percent, to $134.58. UnitedHealth Group rose $1.61 or 1.9 percent, to $86.67.
July 22- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a 24 percent jump in quarterly profit, beating market estimates for the sixth straight quarter, as member signups surged 23 percent. The company's shares rose as much as 8.5 percent to hit a life high of $81.98 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Centene said it had 3.2 million members as of June 30.
Cigna Corp. fell$. 77 or. 8 percent, to $95.55. Humana Inc. fell$. 52 or. 4 percent, to $132.08. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 82 or 1.0 percent, to $84.70.
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*Malaysian Airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday in volatile trading on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the Ukraine- Russia border, after the United States and European Union imposed sanctions on Russia.
UnitedHealth Group said Thursday that it will participate in as many as 24 of the law's individual health insurance exchanges in 2015, up from only four this year. But UnitedHealth and other insurers approached them cautiously, in part because they had little information about the health of the people who would sign up.
NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday to hit session lows on news that a Malaysian passenger jetliner had been downed in Ukraine, fresh on the heels of new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia.
July 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, after wading cautiously into Obamacare insurance exchanges this year, on Thursday vowed to become a major player, participating in as many as two dozen state exchanges in 2015 and growing from there.
*Morgan Stanley climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia, but some stronger-than-expected earnings reports helped keep declines in check.
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U.S. stock index futures traded lower on Thursday, after the announcement of fresh sanctions against Russia hurt global markets.
July 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported higher-than-expected revenue and raised its forecast, helped by the addition of 270,000 healthcare members and strong growth in its Optum pharmacy services division. UnitedHealth also tightened its profit outlook to $5.50- $5.60 per share from $5.40- $5.60.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
UnitedHealth Group's second-quarter earnings slipped 2 percent on a rise in taxes and other expenses, but the nation's largest health insurer still trumped analysts' expectations. UnitedHealth said it earned $1.41 billion, or $1.42 per share, in the three months that ended June 30.
July 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a 7 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by the addition of 270,000 members to its healthcare plans and strong growth in its Optum pharmacy services division.
Cigna Corp. fell$. 01 or percent, to $94.05. Humana Inc. fell$. 67 or. 5 percent, to $127.97. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 34 or. 4 percent, to $83.56.
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Cigna Corp. fell$. 02 or percent, to $94.03. Humana Inc. fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $128.56. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 27 or. 3 percent, to $83.63.
Stocks climbed on Monday, with the S&P 500 bouncing back from weekly losses, after Citigroup's earnings beat estimates.