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  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that lower margins in its pharmacy business had emerged as a drag on profits, as it gets paid less by drug plan managers and as fewer customers pay in cash, since Obamacare has increased the ranks of insured Americans. The company warned that the margin squeeze would continue for at least the remainder of the year, although a...

  • Iowa picks 4 vendors to take over $4.2 B Medicaid program. Iowa picks 4 companies to run $4.2 B Medicaid program, in major shift sought by GOP governor. IOWA CITY, Iowa— Four national companies will take over management of Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program under an overhaul that will affect how nearly one in five Iowans receives health care, state officials...

  • Safe harbor for investors as markets dive: Analysts Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 | 4:46 PM ET
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    Investors are bracing for a bumpy ride after China devalued the yuan by nearly 2 percent. Here are some possible safe stock bets.

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    U.S. stocks closed off session highs as a decline in oil and Disney pressured stocks, amid mixed signals on the timing of an interest rate hike.

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

    U.S. stocks closed lower on the final day of trade for July, as investors digested energy earnings misses and soft data that could delay liftoff.

  • The most loved stocks on Wall Street Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 9:41 AM ET
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    Despite muted returns for the S&P 500 in 2015, analysts on Wall Street just love these stocks.

  • Street: Buy steady stocks for a skittish market Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 9:39 AM ET
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    A whirlwind year for macro events is leading investors to seek refuge in large-cap names with consistent and predictable trends.

  • Earnings focus, but also seeking Fed clues in GDP Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:05 AM ET
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    Thursday brings another wave of earnings with companies from P&G to Amgen reporting, but markets will also be digging deep into GDP data for hints on the Fed.

  • Earnings focus, but also seeking Fed clues in GDP Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:41 PM ET
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    Thursday brings another wave of earnings with companies from P&G to Amgen reporting, but markets will also be digging deep into GDP data for hints on the Fed.

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

    U.S. stocks closed higher after the Fed kept rates unchanged and the continued recovery in oil prices encouraged investor sentiment.

  • 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...

  • Calif. Obamacare customers to see 4% avg hike Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee announced that the statewide weighted average health insurance rate increase will be 4 percent, lower than last year, during a press conference at its headquarters in Sacramento on Monday, July 27, 2015.

    Customers of the largest state-run Obamacare exchange can see price cuts if they move out of their current plans.

  • 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.

  • Nasdaq ekes out another record amid earnings Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
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    U.S. stocks closed mildly higher, with the Nasdaq at another record, as investors digested earnings reports.

  • *Netflix, eBay, Amazon hit record high. *Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth drag on Dow after results. July 16- Wall Street rose on Thursday, with the Nasdaq up 1 percent near a record high after eBay and Netflix reported strong quarterly results.

  • *Netflix, eBay, Amazon hit record high. *Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth drag on Dow after results. July 16- Wall Street rose sharply on Thursday, with the Nasdaq touching a three-week high and the S&P 500 less than 1 percent from its record high, as bellwether companies such as Citigroup, eBay and Netflix reported strong results.

  • 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...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St jumps on strong earnings report Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    *Netflix, eBay hit record highs after results. *Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth drag on Dow after results. July 16- Wall Street rose sharply on Thursday, with the Nasdaq composite touching a three-week high, as bellwether companies such as Citigroup, eBay and Netflix reported strong results.

  • 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...