*Nike falls after results, Tiffany rises. Geopolitical issues remained in focus after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea and investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle.
*Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.
*Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.
NEW YORK, March 6- Shopping for employee health insurance on private marketplaces might be the way of the future for tens of millions. However, expert opinions about growth have been based on projections, not actual consumer behavior in the exchanges that only really got going last year.
Several insurers, including Molina Healthcare, which administer health plans for California's Medicaid program for the poor are asking states to step in and pay for Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi, a drug that costs $84,000 per patient.
With stocks near all-time highs, short interest reached the highest level in 20 months, but some investors are seeing the trend as a bullish sign.
Some of Monday's midday movers:
Humana shares surged more than 7 percent Monday after it said proposed health department rate cuts may be more benign than anticipated.
Feb 7- Cigna Corp on Friday said costs in its private Medicare business were higher than expected in the fourth quarter and might continue on that path in 2014, resulting in a disappointing outlook and pushing its shares down nearly 9 percent.
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.
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.
WellPoint made a big bet on Obamacare and early enrollment numbers indicate it's paying off, according to executives from the nation's second-largest insurer.
Jan 29- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Wednesday the applicants for the new Obamacare health plans are of the age and demographics it had expected, indicating that medical costs will not soar beyond the prices it charges. Insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law went on sale Oct. 1 and into effect on Jan. 1.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
WellPoint's earnings will be closely watched as it may be one of investors' best bellwethers when it comes to gauging Obamacare's progress.
Are you prepared to navigate another wave of selling, should one come, in the week ahead?
NEW YORK, Jan 16- A decade of lawmaking by U.S. states to ensure consumers are told when their data has been hacked still lets companies such as Target Corp wait weeks or even months to disclose security breaches.
Jan 14- WellPoint Inc expects its growth to accelerate because of the expansion of health insurance through public exchanges and Medicaid under Obamacare, despite technology problems, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish told an investor conference.