Anthem Inc


  • Small business owners who gave employees stipends or subsidies last year to help them buy health insurance may get an unpleasant surprise this tax filing season. "Any time employees receive cash, it's a taxable event," says Steven Friedman, an attorney with Littler Mendelson, a New York- based firm that specializes in employment law. Those are paycheck deductions...

  • UnitedHealth topped Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter, and the nation's largest health insurer brought an optimistic vibe for the new year as it detailed final results from 2014.. UnitedHealth said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act delivered a hit totaling $1 billion, or about $1 per share, to its 2014 earnings But the insurer saw enough...

  • Jan 8- Health insurer Anthem Inc on Thursday said it reached a deal under which Gilead Sciences Inc's hepatitis C drug Harvoni will be the primary treatment for patients infected with the most common strain of the liver-destroying virus. Last month, AbbVie Inc began sales of a competing drug, Viekira Pak, at a similar list price. Express Scripts Holding Co, the...

  • Oct 30- Cigna Corp. said on Thursday that financial losses from the new Obamacare health insurance eased in the third quarter, becoming the second insurer this week to say that business was improving. Cigna, Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have said since the beginning of the year that they were posting losses on the plans because their patients were older and sicker...

  • Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    Oct 30- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. With the start of enrollment barely two weeks away, their assessment is dramatically different from a year ago, when it was unclear how many Americans would apply for the brand new insurance...

  • Oct 29- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as its medical costs stayed low, and it forecast continued earnings growth in 2015.. Some hospitals have said customers are have more procedures because of a turn in the economy, while others have cited new insurance and Medicaid plans offered under...

  • WellPoint beats expectations as customers grow Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WellPoint's profit beat expectations as the company's customer numbers grew due Medicaid growth and new subsidized individual health plans.

  • Early Movers: HSY, FB, GRMN, WLP, EA, DAL & more Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:16 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Oct 29- WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the company's customer numbers grew due to growth in Medicaid and the creation of new subsidized individual health plans under the national healthcare reform law. The company reported net profit of $630.9 million, or $2.22 per share, compared with $656.2...

  • The company, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, reported net profit of $630.9 million, or $2.22 per share, compared with $656.2 million, or $2.16 per share, a year earlier.

  • Fed will go out of its way to be dovish Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:01 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The Fed is expected to announce the end of the easing program, but observers say the Fed is unlikely to change the language about keeping rates low.

  • Markets could shrug off Fed if it sounds dovish Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 6:49 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The Fed is expected to announce the end of the easing program, but observers say the Fed is unlikely to change the language about keeping rates low.

  • Oct 28- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday it expects 2014 medical costs to increase at the high end of its forecasts, underpinning investor concerns that years of stabilized medical use could be ending. Shares in Aetna fell 2.2 percent and others insurers including UnitedHealth Group Inc and WellPoint Inc also fell.

  • What's boosting healthiest sector in S&P this year Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    Health care has been on a tear in 2014, and there is still room for upside. Wall Street analysts are focusing on the following four trends.

  • Cramer: Ebola, the Fed and earnings, oh my Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    Can the bull market continue? In preparation for earnings season to continue next week, Jim Cramer gives his take on what to expect.

  • New for 2015: Obamacare insurers' opt-out clause Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:49 PM ET
    People sit with an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as they try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the Mall of the Americas in March 2014 in Miami.

    Language in contracts health insurers must sign to sell coverage on HealthCare.gov will let them terminate their plans if premium subsidies cease.

  • Your first trade for Wednesday Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.

  • Oct 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Thursday that patients had used medical services at low rates in the third quarter, easing worries among investors that higher admissions reported by hospitals would cost insurers more than they planned. UnitedHealth reported a net profit increase that beat Wall Street expectations and described medical use as "...

  • WellPoint boosts share buyback program by $5 bln Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    Oct 2- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc increased its share repurchase authorization by $5 billion, taking the total program to $6 billion, the company said in a regulatory filing. WellPoint's shares were up 1 percent after closing at $118.45 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The company plans to change its corporate name to Anthem Inc effective next...

  • Why Thomas Lee is bullish on stocks Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET
    Thomas Lee

    Stock market strategist Thomas Lee says there's plenty of proof the bull market still has several years to go.