Aetna Merger Could Shake Up Your Health Care - but How?

CVS to Create Healthcare Giant With Aetna Buy

It dropped, as 84 investors sold CVS shares while 559 reduced holdings. 108 funds opened positions while 483 raised stakes. The pharmacy operator reported $1.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.01.

Country Trust Bank increased its stake in Cvs Caremark Corporation Common (CVS) by 16.89% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. The Stratos Wealth Partners Ltd holds 85,891 shares with $6.91M value, down from 96,505 last quarter. Finally, TB Alternative Assets Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of CVS Health during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $121,000. Citigroup lowered their target price on shares of CVS Health from $88.00 to $87.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 22,801 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,833,200.40. Gould Asset Management Limited Ca accumulated 0.19% or 4,785 shares. Violich Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in CVS Health Corp by 2.2% in the third quarter. Kiltearn Prtnrs Ltd Liability Partnership accumulated 1.56% or 603,800 shares. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 3,949,854 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock valued at $317,805,000 after acquiring an additional 1,647,168 shares during the last quarter. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.61, for a total value of $7,186,155.87.

Jefferies Group set a $76.00 price objective on CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) in a research note issued to investors on Monday morning. While this sounds great in theory, high insider ownership can actually lead to the opposite result, a management team that is unaccountable because they can keep their jobs under nearly any circumstance.

Since June 12, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for $18.44 million activity. Hm Payson And owns 32,911 shares for 0.12% of their portfolio. Vetr lowered shares of CVS Health Corp from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $85.78 price target on the stock.in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Therefore 68% are positive. Oppenheimer maintained it with "Outperform" rating and $119.0 target in Friday, August 28 report. Deutsche Bank maintained the shares of CVS in report on Wednesday, July 22 with "Hold" rating. Barclays Capital initiated CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) on Friday, December 18 with "Overweight" rating. They issued a buy rating and a $90.00 target price for the company. Loop Capital maintained CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) rating on Tuesday, November 7. On Friday, August 25 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Hold". S&P Research maintained it with "Strong Buy" rating and $112 target in Monday, November 2 report. As per Tuesday, June 13, the company rating was maintained by Cowen & Co. Needham maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Friday, September 8 report.

The stock decreased 0.93% or $0.67 during the last trading session, reaching $71.02. Given that its average daily volume over the 30 days has been 24.87M shares a day, this signifies a pretty significant change over the norm. Northstar Group Incorporated stated it has 1.26% of its portfolio in CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS). It has underperformed by 41.10% the S&P500.

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Analysts await CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) to report earnings on February, 8. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.64 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that CVS Health will post 5.9 EPS for the current fiscal year.

CVS has more than 9,700 pharmacies and 1,100 Minute Clinics, walk-in locations that offer vaccinations, lab tests and diagnosis and treatment of illnesses like strep throat and ear infections from nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

More notable recent CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) news were published by: Bloomberg.com which released: "Wall Street Is Wary of an Untested Strategy in CVS-Aetna Megamerger" on December 05, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: "The CVS-Aetna Merger: Under The Shadow Of Amazon?" published on December 05, 2017, Bloomberg.com published: "CVS-Aetna Deal Could Start a Health Takeover Run" on December 04, 2017.

CVS Health Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services. The company had revenue of $46.18 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $46.17 billion.

On the other hand, if Aetna customers' pharmacy benefit provider and pharmacy services provider merge, it could be hard for them to go outside their network for pharmacy benefits, and their pharmacy options could diminish, said Dr. Michael Williams, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Virginia and director of its Center for Health Policy, who is not involved in the merger. It has a 12.74 P/E ratio.

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