"...... especially noting that MCD's is promoting all day BREAKFAST and the other chains are getting ready to launch similar all day breakfast."
I'm watching this trend closely....I used to have the Iowa Pork Producers account and believe me the McRib sandwich was one of their top priority interests....suppliers at all levels know that if McDonalds adopts your product; sales will dramatically increase....remember when McDonalds offered a shrimp salad?....it got a good customer response....so good that it caused dis-locations in the supply chain and they had to drop it from the menu.
"Aetna was founded 11 years before the American Civil War and was one of the first in history to offer lifetime pensions (now called annuities).
Fast forward to 2015, and we see the company's most recent quarterly report was another in a long line of solid earnings growth: Profits of $2.39 a share, well above the $1.95 that Wall Street was expecting ... revenues of $15.1 billion ... and a big jump of 120,000 new insurance customers to a total of 23.7 million.
Heck, in the past 12 months, the health insurance industry as a whole has seen its premiums increase by 5.9%. Meanwhile, Aetna has grown its premium income by 14.2%, or nearly two and half times faster.
And that's just the tip of the growth iceberg: Aetna has just acquired Humana. Before the acquisition, the company's revenues were roughly 40% from government sources and 60% from private. Now, after the deal, those numbers flip to 40% private and 60% government. With Obamacare kicking in, that shift could not have come at a better time.
The clincher: Once the merger with Humana is complete, Aetna will be the largest provider of Medicare Advantage in the country"