$HWAY (Healthways Inc.)

$HWAY {{ '2016-01-13T16:02:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Well-being improvement company $HWAY said that it has named Sean Slovenski as President, Population Health Services and Steve Schwartz as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. Mr. Slovenski and Mr. Schwartz will focus on strategic alignment and growth of the company.

$HCA {{ '2017-07-21T20:39:36+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HCA has agreed to acquire Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, Florida, from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems, Inc. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, is expected to close in the fall of 2017.

$MRK {{ '2017-07-21T15:21:07+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

President Donald Trump announced that pharma giants $MRK and $PFE are collaborating with Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning ($GLW) for manufacturing a new glass (Valor Glass), which is superior and reliable for the delivery of injectable drugs. Corning is planning to initially invest $500MM creating 1,000 jobs at 3 facilities in US.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T19:55:45+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

For 3Q17, $ABT expects adjusted EPS of $0.64-0.66, with operational sales growth expected in the mid-single digits. At current exchange rates, the company expects operational sales growth to have a negative YoY impact of around 0.5%.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T19:45:56+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$ABT said that on a comparable operational basis, 3Q17 Established Pharmaceuticals sales growth is expected in the high double-digit, while in Nutrition, sales growth is expected in low single-digit. In Diagnostics, $ABT expects sales to increase mid-to-high single digits and in Medical Devices, sales is expected to increase double-digits.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T17:49:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABT raised its full year profit forecast backed by the intention of closing the Alere acquisition in 2017. The company raised its FY17 adjusted earnings from continuing operations guidance by $0.03 to a range of $2.43-2.53 per share. Reported EPS forecast was also raised from the range of $0.92-1.02 to $1.03-1.13, reflecting double-digit growth.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T17:36:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Declining operating earnings and rising costs and expenses hit $ABT 2Q17 earnings as much as 54%. Earnings plunged to $283MM or $0.15 from $615MM or $0.40 per share a year earlier. Sales, however, surged 24.4% on St. Jude Medical acquisition. On an adjusted basis, $ABT reported EPS above its previous guidance range at $0.62 per share.

$HLS {{ '2017-07-20T13:56:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The BoD of $HLS declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 16, 2017, to stockholders of record on Oct. 2, 2017.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T12:52:57+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$ABT Abbott Laboratories Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$UHS {{ '2017-07-19T22:35:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$UHS BoD approved a cash dividend of $0.10 per share on Sept. 15, 2017 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 1, 2017.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:56:14+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In Optum segment, $UNH is focusing on three key areas for growth; strong sales pipeline of $40Bil, growing YTD sales and backlog. On MedicareAdvantage, the company expects to outperform the market in 2018 with a positive long-term outlook for the industry. $UNH also feels that the return of insurer's fee will be the single largest headwind in 2018.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:51:39+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Despite forgoing over $1.8Bil in revenues due to the withdrawal from the ACA individual insurance market and the health insurance tax moratorium, $UNH revenues increased nearly 9% to $40.8Bil. Health insurer also announced that the partnership with AARP will continue through at least 2025 to offer Medicare related products under AARP brand.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:48:14+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Health insurance giant $UNH said it served 2.5MM more people in 2Q17 vs. 2Q16, excluding the individual market. The business model of the insurer is focused on addressing the healthcare needs of consumers in areas like group Medicare Advantage, Medicaid programs in emerging markets like Brazil and established markets.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:45:28+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$UNH expects its stellar performance in first half to carry forward in the second half of 2017 and into 2018. On a global basis, the insurer serves 139MM people, including 126MM in the United States. UnitedHealth believes it is on target to exceed the $200Bil mark in 2017 for the first time.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T14:47:02+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$UNH's 2Q revenues increased approx. 8% crossing $50Bil. The insurer is on target to reach annual revenues of $200Bil for the first time. Total enrollment jumped 3% to 49.5MM people. Medical care ratio (MCR), a key indicator to measure financial health of insurance firms, increased 20 bps reaching 82.2%, in line with industry standards.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T14:46:13+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$UNH, the largest health insurer in US, reported stellar results in 2Q17 backed by the growth from its Optum segment. The insurance giant raised its 2017 outlook. $UNH now expects its 2017 GAAP EPS to be $9.20-9.35 and adjusted EPS to be $9.75-9.90. UnitedHealth is the first firm in its industry to report earnings every quarter.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T12:59:21+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$UNH Unitedhealth Group, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphics: Q2 2017 highlights

$ABT {{ '2017-07-17T12:36:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABT is commencing a tender offer to purchase for cash all outstanding shares of Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock of Alere Inc. at a price of $402 per share of Preferred Stock. The offer will expire at 11:59 pm, NYC time, on Aug 11, 2017. There is no financing condition to the offer.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-13T12:23:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABT and Bigfoot Biomedical agreed to develop and commercialize diabetes management systems, integrating $ABT's FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions in the United States. $ABT will provide Bigfoot with the next generation of its FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology.

$PFE {{ '2017-07-13T12:13:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The FDA has accepted $PFE's filing of supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for XELJANZ (tofacitinib citrate), an investigational oral treatment for adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. The FDA has provided an anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date in March 2018 for the sNDA.

$HUM {{ '2017-07-12T13:21:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HUM and Oscar Health are launching a strategic partnership to offer commercial health insurance to small businesses in a nine-county Nashville, Tenn. area.

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