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  • Anthem, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans in 14 states, forecast 2015 adjusted earnings to be more than $9.70 per share and operating revenue of between $78 billion- $78.5 billion. It also operates Medicare and Medicaid plans. The company's net profit rose to $506.7 million, or $1.80 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $148.2 million,...

  • Anthem raises dividend almost 43 pct, tops 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Anthem has hiked its quarterly cash payout to shareholders by nearly 43 percent to keep up with its rising stock price after edging past Wall Street forecasts for the recently completed fourth quarter. The nation's second-largest health insurer said Wednesday that it will start offering in March a quarterly dividend of 62.5 cents per share, up...

  • Anthem tops 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:31 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS _ Anthem Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $506.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.72 per share. Analysts expected $19.03 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Jan 28- Health insurer Anthem Inc's quarterly profit more than tripled due to a rise in enrollments. The company's net profit rose to $506.7 million, or $1.80 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $148.2 million, or 49 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, the company earned $1.73 per share.

  • Business events scheduled for Wednesday Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates and release statement, 2 p.m.. Anthem Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens. The Boeing Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

  • 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...

  • Obamacare's 2nd act: What investors are watching Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    HealthCare.gov website seen on Nov. 12, 2014.

    Starting Saturday, millions of Americans will begin to either re-enroll, or sign-up for the first time, for insurance plans at HealthCare.gov. Here's what investors need to know.

  • Like it or not, Obamacare's juicing health stocks Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 8:50 AM ET
    'HealthCare.gov has a lot of visitors right now!' exclaims a Sunshine Life and Health Advisors website for the Affordable Care Act set up at the Mall of Americas in March 2014 in Miami.

    Want to know what's giving health stocks confidence in profit forecasts? Like it or not, it's the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

  • 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.