Healthcare Stocks Under Scanner -- UnitedHealth, Humana, Molina Healthcare, and WellCare Health Plans

Thursday, May 18, 2017 General News
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NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- puts focus on select Health Care Plans stocks, particularly,

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH), Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH), and WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG). On May 11th, 2017, Charles Schwab rated
the Healthcare sector "Outperform" due to solid balance sheets, attractive dividend yields, an improved overall cost structure, and increased demand for health care products and services. However, political rhetoric around the Affordable Care Act can be expected to fuel continued volatility, according to the research firm. You can access our complimentary research reports on these stocks now at:


Shares in Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. rose 0.44%, ending Wednesday's trading session at $168.86 with a total volume of 4.44 million shares traded. The Company's shares have gained 0.16% in the last one month, 3.16% over the last three months, and 5.90% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 9.55% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of UnitedHealth, which operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the US, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 39.88.

On April 18th, 2017, research firm Mizuho reiterated its 'Buy' rating on the Company's stock with an increase of the target price from $178 a share to $200 a share.

On May 09th, 2017, UnitedHealthcare, one of UnitedHealth Group's businesses, and Travis Kelce, tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, donated $20,000 to the Oak Grove School District. The donation enabled the district to refinish the gymnasium for students at Maple Elementary School and provide healthy food for students to take home. Visit us today and download your complete report on UNH for free at:


Kentucky headquartered Humana Inc.'s stock declined 0.57%, closing the day at $224.92 with a total volume of 2.42 million shares traded. The Company's shares have advanced 6.24% in the past month, 9.76% in the previous three months, and 10.61% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 3.64% and 14.42% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of Humana, which together with its subsidiaries, operates as a health and well-being company in the US, have an RSI of 53.47.

On May 10th, 2017, Humana announced that Brian A. Kane, Senior Vice President and CFO, will make a presentation to investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Health Care Conference on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. PT. A live, audio webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company's Investor Relations page. The complimentary research report on HUM can be accessed at:

Molina Healthcare  

On Wednesday, shares in California headquartered Molina Healthcare Inc. recorded a trading volume of 1.55 million shares. The stock ended the day 1.99% lower at $66.52. The Company's shares have advanced 39.63% in the past month, 11.07% in the previous three months, and 22.59% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 30.56% and 22.44%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Molina Healthcare, which provides Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals; and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program in the US, have an RSI of 76.57.

On May 02nd, 2017, Molina Healthcare announced leadership changes, under which Joseph W. White, Chief Accounting Officer, has been named Interim President and CEO, replacing Dr. J. Mario Molina. The Board will immediately commence the search process for a permanent CEO. Mr. White has also been named CFO, replacing John C. Molina. In addition, the Board of Directors has named current Director Dale B. Wolf as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Register for free on and download the PDF research report on MOH at:

WellCare Health Plans  

Florida headquartered WellCare Health Plans Inc.'s stock dropped 0.44%, finishing yesterday's session at $167.53. A total volume of 501,654 shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 380,170 shares. The Company's shares have advanced 14.25% in the last one month, 18.35% in the previous three months, and 22.21% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 11.70% and 25.58%, respectively. Additionally, shares of WellCare Health Plans, which provides managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, have an RSI of 66.32.

On May 01st, 2017, WellCare Health Plans announced that it completed the acquisition of certain assets, which include Arizona Medicaid membership and certain provider contracts from Phoenix Health Plan, a wholly owned, managed-care subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. The transaction includes the transfer of approximately 44,000 Medicaid members to Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of WellCare. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Get free access to your research report on WCG at:


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