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  • Up 900%, Teladoc Stock Still Has Tremendous Upside Ahead

    Up 900%, Teladoc Stock Still Has Tremendous Upside Ahead

    Investors might be tempted to take profits in Teladoc Health (NYSE:TDOC). After all, TDOC stock has gained 900% from its 2016 lows. And it certainly looks expensive. The provider of virtual healthcare services now has a market capitalization over $8 billion.Source: Piotr Swat / Yet Teladoc isn't profitable, and likely won't be until 2022. Shares trade at a whopping 11x next year's revenue estimates.But the stock shouldn't be cheap. It provides a long-term opportunity for growth that few companies in this market can match. Most, if not all, of those companies have been huge winners. Electric vehicle growth has driven Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) to stunning levels. Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) has been perhaps the market's best stock over the past year.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThose companies, too, faced valuation concerns -- and short sellers. Indeed, roughly 30% of TDOC stock is sold short at the moment. * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week Investors have been best-served, however, by ignoring the shorts and even Wall Street. Growth has trumped valuation at every turn in this bull market. Teladoc's growth is going to be explosive. The Telehealth OpportunityUnsurprisingly, Teladoc Health has jumped out to an early lead in telehealth. The company, after all, was founded by veterans of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration after that agency pioneered remote health services for astronauts at the International Space Station.Since its founding in 2002, Teladoc has become the unquestioned leader in telehealth. Its market share reportedly sits near 75%. The company offers some 450 medical subspecialties, and completed 2.6 million visits worldwide in 2018. That latter figure should rise over 50% in 2019, based on current company's guidance.Teladoc's customers already include health insurance providers like Aetna (NYSE:AET), UnitedHealth (NYSE:UHC) and several Blue Cross Blue Shield companies. Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and General Mills (NYSE:GIS) headline the company's roster of employers.Teladoc clearly has the "first mover advantage" in telehealth. And it's going to be a fast-growing market.Younger millennial consumers won't want to visit a doctor's office any more than they want to visit a brick-and-mortar retailer. They can virtually visit a doctor on the Teladoc app in a median time of just ten minutes.Rural patients face long driving distances and/or a lack of specialized providers. Telehealth can be a literal lifesaver for them.Even our company's mental health crisis could be ameliorated via telemedicine. Simply put, Teladoc's service can deliver better care to more patients in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Is TDOC Stock Too Expensive?Again, Teladoc Health isn't cheap. That might worry some investors. But the company has plenty of room to grow into -- and beyond -- the current valuation.After all, the potential market here is enormous. Back in 2017, Teladoc Health estimated its addressable market in the U.S. at $29 billion.That was before the company acquired Advance Medical in 2018, which helped expand the company worldwide. As of the end of 2018, Teladoc operated in over 130 countries and more than 20 languages, according to its Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Revenue for 2020 is likely to be less than $700 million. That in turn suggests Teladoc has penetrated less than 3% of its potential market just in the U.S. As the company noted in a presentation last month, there are 75 million potential users as current U.S. clients. Teladoc's total user base at the moment is just 54 million.If the U.S. market is $30 billion and the global market $50 billion or more, what happens if Teladoc holds even 30% market share? Or 60%?In either scenario, an $8 billion market value won't look "expensive" in retrospect. It will look like a gift. Stick With the WinnerI've been recommending Teladoc Health going back to 2018. All that has changed since then is its valuation. TDOC stock has gained 68% since mid-2018.But I believe the company, and the stock, are just getting started. There are few better opportunities out there, where an investor can own the unchallenged leader in an industry with decades of growth ahead.Tesla is one. Shopify another. Those stocks have risen by multiples of their former share prices -- and faced valuation concerns the entire way. TDOC stock has risen nicely, but it hasn't seen that explosive upside yet.But it will at some point, as long as Teladoc keeps executing.Matthew McCall left Wall Street to actually help investors -- by getting them into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), just to name a few. Click here to see what Matt has up his sleeve now. Matt does not directly own the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Exciting Stocks to Buy for Aggressive Investors * 20 Stocks to Buy From the Law of Accelerating Returns * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy on Coronavirus Weakness The post Up 900%, Teladoc Stock Still Has Tremendous Upside Ahead appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • PR Newswire

    CVS/Aetna Alert: Squitieri & Fearon, LLP Announces Investigation Of Potential Class Action for Aetna Employees Who Received CVS Stock

    The law firm of Squitieri & Fearon, LLP announces it is investigating a potential class action on behalf of former employees of Aetna, Inc. (NYSE: AET) who held Aetna stock in the Company's retirement and pension plans and received CVS stock (NYSE:CVS) for those shares when CVS acquired Aetna.


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  • How a health care 'hedge fund' run by ex-congressman plans to cut costs
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    How a health care 'hedge fund' run by ex-congressman plans to cut costs

    The Healthcare Transformation Alliance, led by former N.J. Congressman Rob Andrews, has saved its members at least $400 million in overall health care spending.

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    Three state attorneys general challenge Trump on immigrant benefits

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  • Moody's

    Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Aetna Inc.

    Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Aetna Inc. New York, August 15, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Aetna Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers.

  • Moody's

    CVS Health -- Moody's rates CVS' proposed Senior unsecured notes Baa2; outlook remains negative

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") today assigned a Baa2 rating to CVS Health's (CVS) new proposed senior unsecured notes offering. The net proceeds of the proposed senior unsecured notes will be used to fund the recently announced tender offer. CVS Health's Baa2 senior unsecured rating reflects the significant increase in the company's debt levels and weakening of credit metrics following the closing of the acquisition of Aetna.

  • Surprise medical bills could soon be curbed by federal laws
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    Surprise medical bills could soon be curbed by federal laws

    The Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives advanced several health care initiatives Wednesday, the most significant of which could curb surprise medical bills.

  • Health care 'Cadillac Tax' repeal bill up for vote Wednesday
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    Health care 'Cadillac Tax' repeal bill up for vote Wednesday

    Congress will be voting Wednesday on a repeal of what is known as the “Cadillac Tax”—a provision of the Affordable Care Act which would place a 40% tax on employer-sponsored health care plans which provide excess benefits.

  • Evolve Your Leadership Mentality To Be Effective
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    Evolve Your Leadership Mentality To Be Effective

    Whether leaders are made or born, they need to have the mentality to keep evolving through constant learning and self-inventory to be their most effective self.

  • Can CVS Stock Overcome the Latest Wrench in Its Aetna Merger?

    Can CVS Stock Overcome the Latest Wrench in Its Aetna Merger?

    Senior Judge Richard Leon sent shares in drug store chain CVS (NYSE:CVS) lower after saying he might try to stop its $69 billion merger with Aetna (NYSE:AET), a health insurer. CVS announced the deal in December 2017. Since then, CVS stock is down over 25%. It was due to open for trade June 12 at about $54 per share. CVS' market cap of $70 billion is now just 36% of its 2018 revenue, which was $194 billion.Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrLeon told CVS' and Aetna's lawyers to "cancel their summer vacation," arguing the Department of Justice barely considered what adding 21 million customers could do for CVS' Caremark, a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM).Oral arguments will be held July 17, a ruling coming shortly after. CVS has already agreed to sell its Medicare Part D plan, the only overlap with Aetna, to Wellcare, which in turn is being bought by Centene (NYSE:CNC).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips The Question of CostsCentene's involvement begs the main question raised by the merger, which is whether the deal can cut healthcare costs.Centene's market advantage is cost visibility. Its business model is to profit in Medicare and Medicaid by owning clinics and other facilities its covered patients use. It was a big winner on the Obamacare exchanges, where it could offer much lower prices than standard insurance plans.The American Hospital Association opposes the CVS-Aetna merger, while supporting mergers between hospital groups, arguing that hospitals aren't the cause of health care inflation. * 10 Stocks That Every 30-Year-Old Should Buy and Hold Forever They're right. Drugs are. Combining PBMs and insurers is how the industry is fighting drug costs.CVS plans to turn 1,500 stores into "HealthHubs," after the merger, with labs, nurses and dieticians to treat chronic conditions like diabetes, representing 75% of America's health care bill.CVS has been preparing itself for a favorable outcome since February, when it reached the agreement with the Department of Justice Judge Leon is now reviewing. The Question of CompetitionLeon's objections are centered on Caremark, but that unit's problems were behind the merger in the first place.The PBM model was upended four years ago when UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), the largest private insurer, bought Catamaran, another PBM, for its own OptumRx unit.The deal made the stand-alone PBM market untenable. Since then, Express Scripts, the largest PBM, was acquired by Cigna (NYSE:CI), an Aetna rival. That merger, and the CVS-Aetna tie-up, followed failed attempts by Aetna to merge with Humana (NYSE:HUM) and by Cigna to merger with Anthem (NASDAQ:ANTM). Having failed at horizontal mergers because of their size (despite UnitedHealth being bigger than either combination), the second-tier players moved toward vertical mergers, hoping to compete through cost control.Thus, Leon seems intent on stopping a train that has already left the station. UnitedHealth, Centene and Cigna own PBMs, and he's going to stop CVS-Aetna because CVS owns one? The Bottom Line on CVS StockNot all mergers work. CVS' own acquisition of Omnicare, a long-term care provider, caused it take a $3.9 billion write-down in the second quarter of last year, and a net loss for all of 2018. * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure But given how far insurers have gone along the road to matching income with outgo, the Aetna merger was looking like a winner. The delays have pushed CVS shares down enough to give its 50 cent per share dividend a yield of 3.82%, even though absent of write-offs, it covers that dividend with earnings two to three times over each year.The Leon delay looks like a good opportunity for income investors to grab a bargain.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure * 6 Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Big Thing Compare Brokers The post Can CVS Stock Overcome the Latest Wrench in Its Aetna Merger? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • GlobeNewswire

    Lawsuit for Investors who held shares of Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) and received NYSE: CVS shares announced by Shareholders Foundation

    SAN DIEGO, June 04, 2019 -- The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. announces that a lawsuit was filed for investors who formerly held Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) shares.  Investors, who.


    Lawsuit for Investors Who Held Shares of Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) Announced by Shareholders Foundation

    SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 22, 2019 / The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. announces that a lawsuit was filed for investors who formerly held Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) shares. Investors, who held shares ...


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  • Reuters

    U.S. judge assessing CVS merger with Aetna orders hearing

    A U.S. judge who has been asked to sign off on a government agreement that allowed CVS Health Corp to buy health insurer Aetna ordered a hearing for April 5. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the order on Thursday, saying that he wanted the hearing to discuss which witnesses, if any, should testify before he decides whether to approve the government's deal with the companies. The Justice Department approved the merger of CVS, a U.S. pharmacy chain and benefits manager, and Aetna in October on condition that Aetna sell its Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans Inc. That deal has also closed.

  • No dental insurance? Discount plans can provide savings
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    No dental insurance? Discount plans can provide savings

    Roughly 1 in 4 Americans don't have dental coverage, according to industry figures. Employers are by far the biggest provider of dental benefits in the U.S., accounting for nearly half of all enrollees, followed by the government's Medicaid plan for low-income people. Researchers have shown that costs are a bigger obstacle to dental care in the U.S. than all other forms of health care.

  • Liz Weston: Can your employer cure your money woes?
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    Liz Weston: Can your employer cure your money woes?

    Millions of Americans get their health insurance and retirement accounts through their employers. Now some are getting help with their debt.

  • U.S. asks judge to give final approval to settlement with CVS to buy Aetna

    U.S. asks judge to give final approval to settlement with CVS to buy Aetna

    The U.S. Justice Department formally asked a judge on Monday to approve its deal to allow CVS Health Corp to merge with insurer Aetna. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia scolded the government and parties late last year for closing the $69 billion dollar merger before the consent order was approved by the court. With the government's request for final approval of the merger, Leon may sign off on the deal with no further ado or may decide to hold a hearing to allow critics to raise their concerns, said Andre Barlow of the law firm Doyle, Barlow and Mazard PLLC, an antitrust expert who has been following the case.

  • Is Medicare for all doomed?
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    Is Medicare for all doomed?

    Many Americans struggle with high health care costs, and they want help from Washington. But that doesn’t mean they’re willing to give up private insurance. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey of people with employer-provided insurance finds that 68% say their plan is excellent or good. One-quarter say their coverage is average, with only 6% rating their plan as poor or failing. Overall, 72% say they’re “grateful” for their coverage.