CI - Cigna Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-4.00 (-2.42%)
At close: 4:05PM EDT
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Previous Close165.50
Bid0.00 x 800
Ask0.00 x 900
Day's Range160.79 - 165.76
52 Week Range141.95 - 226.61
Avg. Volume2,038,457
Market Cap60.984B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.05
PE Ratio (TTM)13.94
EPS (TTM)11.59
Earnings DateOct 31, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.04 (0.02%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-03-08
1y Target Est213.84
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  • Here's How Cigna (CI) is Poised Amid Political Uncertainty

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  • Deutsche Bank: Catch These 3 Healthcare Stocks Ahead of U.S. Elections

    Deutsche Bank: Catch These 3 Healthcare Stocks Ahead of U.S. Elections

    Ahead of the U.S. 2020 presidential election, some investors are concerned that discussions regarding healthcare reform could take a toll on both share prices and valuations. That being said, one analyst believes that compelling investment opportunities can still be found within the managed care space. Managed care refers to various healthcare plans that try to reduce costs by controlling the type and level of services provided.Deutsche Bank’s George Hill just initiated coverage on 3 healthcare stocks, giving each a Buy rating based on their “attractive” potential for growth on September 11. Using the TipRanks Stock Comparison tool, we compared how the stocks measure up against each other based on year-to-date gain, analyst consensus as well as average analyst price target. Each of these stocks has amassed significant support from other Wall Street analysts with a “Strong Buy” analyst consensus. This is based on the last three months’ worth of ratings from the rest of the Street. Let’s dive in. CVS Health CVS Health (CVS\- Get Report) provides health plans and services under three segments that include pharmacy services, retail and long-term care as well as health care benefits. Out of the three healthcare stocks on our list, Hill cites CVS as his top pick based on its level of diversification. While shares are down 2% year-to-date, CVS has slowly but surely been working its way back up gaining 18% in the last three months. With all that the drug store and pharmacy chain has going for it, Hill sees even more growth on the way. It has about 10,000 pharmacies across the U.S. and plans to open 1,500 HealthHub stores by the end of 2021. He also highlights its integrated care delivery, which can improve beneficiary care as well as cut costs.That being said, a significant portion of its revenue is generated from its non-managed care organization (MCO) segments. CVS’ non-MCO businesses include the largest PBM, the second-largest pharmacy chain, long-term care and other services. While some investors originally expressed concerns regarding its $70 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna in 2018, management has tried to mitigate any fears. On June 4, the company conveyed that once the two companies are fully integrated, it could see low-double digit percent earnings growth by 2022. Hill argues that the company is poised to meet its guidance based on its business strategy. “We see the company as well positioned to deliver on a vertical integration care delivery strategy, allowing the company to take share and generate positive earnings surprise. We also see the valuation of CVS shares as highly compelling and capturing potential execution and integration risks,” he explained. As a result, the three-star analyst initiated coverage with a Buy and set a $91 price target, suggesting 42% upside. All in all, the rest of the Street takes a similar position. CVS boasts a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $72 average price target, indicating 13% upside potential, the lowest on the list. Anthem Inc. While shares of the health insurer have slid 3% year-to-date, Hill tells investors that the dip in Anthem (ANTM\- Get Report) presents a unique buying opportunity. Recently, Anthem has attracted attention for its new PBM strategy. The company announced in March that its PBM, IngenioRX, will be more transparent and customer-friendly, with the new PBM passing along rebates to pharmacy customers. Traditional PBMs get rebate payments from drug manufacturers in exchange for placing medications on PBMs’ lists of covered drugs, or formularies. According to management, this new strategy could reduce costs and simplify services.It should be noted that IngenioRx is the product of its partnership with CVS that involves a five-year agreement signed back in 2017. CVS has its own Caremark PBM, and only processes claims and handles tasks related to prescription fulfillment for IngenioRX. Anthem has full control over clinical strategy and decides which drugs are covered. In addition to revamping its PBM strategy, its 2018 acquisitions of Aspire Health and America’s 1st Choice as well as HealthSun in 2017 are expected to drive substantial Medicare Advantage growth. Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to original medicare that let beneficiaries choose to get their coverage through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare.While all of the above supports a strong long-term growth narrative, Hill notes that there are some risks associated with Anthem. “While execution has been strong recently, we see some implementation risk on the company’s PBM strategy, risk to the company’s Medicare Advantage growth targets, less exposure to faster-growing segments of the market and a rich relative valuation,” he stated. Nonetheless, the potential reward outweighs this risk. With his coverage initiation, Hill set a $323 price target which implies 28% upside. With 7 Buy ratings vs no Holds or Sells received in the last three months, the word on the Street is that ANTM is a ‘Strong Buy’. Its $345 average price target demonstrates the potential for 36% upside, the highest on our list. Cigna CorporationAs Cigna (CI\- Get Report) shares have declined 15% year-to-date, the Deutsche Bank analyst argues that shares are now trading at a discount. Some investors have expressed concerns that the health insurance company is overexposed in both the PBM and commercial business space. In December 2018, CI finalized its $67 billion merger with PBM Express Scripts in order to expand its reach within the sector. The merger could be a problem for CI as regulations have been proposed that would impair the PBM business model. This poses a major threat to CI as its primary non-MCO revenue comes from large PBMs. While no legislation has been passed yet, there is always a possibility that this could change. A significant portion of CI’s revenue is also generated from its commercial products. The commercial MCO space includes risk-bearing insurance and administrative services only (ASO). Hill states that while this space can be more profitable, it is slower growing than the government-pay business as the commercial business is largely stagnant. While acknowledging that Cigna is behind the curve in terms of its reach within the government-pay space, he still believes the stock is poised to soar. “We view Cigna’s PBM segment earnings as not having significant short-term earnings risk and the company’s diversified earnings stream as undeserving of the steep discount applied to the shares in the wake of the Express Scripts merger,” he explained. As a result, the analyst initiated coverage with a Buy and set a $207 price target. The price target reflects his confidence in CI’s ability to surge 29% over the next twelve months.Wall Street seems to agree with Hill. CI has only been assigned Buy ratings in the last three months. Its average price target of $214 indicates 33% upside potential, falling just short of ANTM’s.    Find Wall Street’s most loved stocks with the Top Analysts’ Stocks tool

  • JP Morgan’s 3 Top Value Stocks To Buy Now

    JP Morgan’s 3 Top Value Stocks To Buy Now

    Are you ready? JP Morgan is predicting a sizable shift in investing. According to the firm’s chief US equity strategist, Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, style positioning remains primed for a rotation to Value from Momentum/ Low Volatility.He made the call last week after the market experienced one of the largest 3-day Momentum-Value rotations in over 30 years. The trigger: better than expected economic data, monetary and fiscal stimulus, easing trade tensions, and stabilization in yields. In the current rotation ~5 months of Momentum outperformance was given back in only 3 days, noted Lakos-Bujas. “The correlation between Value and Momentum is near 30-year lows, signaling extremely oversold positioning for Value” he writes, adding that history suggests that Momentum sell-offs of similar magnitude are on average followed by prolonged Momentum underperformance, Value outperformance, and a flat to higher equity market. So with this outlook in mind, which value stocks should you consider adding to your portfolio now? The Value PortfolioHere we take a closer look at three hot stocks in the Top 10 holdings of JP Morgan’s Large Cap Value Fund. To come up with these holdings, the firm analyzes company prospects for as long as five years, to gain insight into a company's real growth potential. Its goal: to identify the most undervalued securities in each sector“Looks for attractive valuations as well as catalysts for stock price increases, higher potential reward versus risk, and temporary mispricing caused by market overreactions” writes the firm. With this strategy in mind let’s dive into three of the portfolio’s key holdings. 1\. Marathon Petroleum CorpMarathon Petroleum (MPC– Get Report) is an independent petroleum product refiner, marketer and transporter headquartered in Ohio. It’s the largest refiner in the US, with over 3 million barrels per day of capacity across 16 refineries. At the same time, MPC also is the general partner of a midstream partnership, MPLX LP (MPLX), and has a network of nearly 4,000 company-owned retail stations.“We continue to favor coastal refiners (OW-rated MPC, PSX and VLO), who have an opportunity for modestly wider coastal differentials for both light (MEH/LLS) and heavy (Maya/WCS) crudes” cheered JP Morgan analyst Phil Gresh on September 10. He has just reiterated his buy rating with a $62 price target (16% upside potential). According to Gresh, MPC trades inexpensively on a sum-of-the-parts basis, “around which we hope that the company will look to unlock value soon.” Indeed, the Street as a whole has a bullish outlook on Marathon Petroleum. The stock shows a Strong Buy consensus with a $67 average analyst price target. For instance, RBC Capital’s Brad Heffern reiterated his buy rating following the company’s latest earnings results. He notes that MPC recently acquired ANDV, and achieving a $1.4 billion synergy target would be a major catalyst. “In our opinion, Marathon's retail business, Speedway, is the most attractive retail franchise in our coverage universe, and the extension of the Speedway model to the acquired ANDV stores could provide meaningful upside” the analyst wrote. 2\. Comcast CorpTelecoms giant Comcast (CMCSA– Get Report) is the number 1 holding in JP Morgan’s Large Cap Value portfolio (at 4.3% of the portfolio). The firm’s Philip Cusick recently singled out CMCSA as one of his top picks in the cables industry, calling it undervalued based on the company’s strong free cash flow. Encouragingly, this ‘Strong Buy’ stock has received only buy ratings from the Street in the last three months. And you can also add to the mix a rare Conviction Buy rating from Goldman Sachs’ Brett Feldman. That’s with an average analyst price target of $53 (12% upside potential). Bear in mind shares have already surged 38% year-to-date. Five-star Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan is one of 10 analysts currently bullish on Comcast. He upgraded CMCSA on September 5, explaining: “We think cable can become a 50%-plus EBITDA margin business on lower CAPX, while still growing broadband share and pricing with superior service.”“CMCSA has 1 gig availability in nearly 100% of its network, and we expect CMCSA to continue to increase ARPUs 4% per year. Negatively, we expect carriers to roll out 5G aggressively, which adds competition but not until 2021 or later” Horan wrote. His $54 price target stands marginally above the average analyst price target. 3 Cigna Corp Health insurance stock Cigna (CI– Get Report) is the joint third largest holding in the JP Morgan Large Cap Value Fund. Like Comcast, the stock shows 100% buy ratings from the Street with 8 bullish calls from analysts over the last three months. Meanwhile the $214 price target translates into sizable upside potential of 33%. Five-star Oppenheimer analyst Michael Wiederhorn believes that CIGNA remains one of the most attractive areas to invest for the long-term and continues to offer some of the most compelling value.In particular, the Street is keeping a close eye on the massive $67 billion merger with Express Scripts which closed at the end of last year. The deal, which paired a health insurance giant with the US's largest pharmacy benefit manager, should pay strong long-term returns for shareholders. That’s thanks to a compelling opportunity to cross-sell services, alongside a more equity-friendly capital structure. “Given the stock's attractive valuation, we believe long-term holders will ultimately be rewarded. As a result, we maintain our Outperform rating and would continue to be buyers” commented Wiederhorn. Even though regulatory pressure affects all ends of the pharmaceutical supply chain, he believes that the stock’s depressed multiples are well overdone.Discover Wall Street’s most loved stocks with the Top Analysts’ Stocks tool

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  • Why Is Cigna (CI) Down 8.1% Since Last Earnings Report?

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    Cigna, Express Scripts Implement Emergency Procedures for People Affected by Hurricane Dorian

    Global health service company Cigna (CI) and its Express Scripts unit are helping residents of Florida affected by Hurricane Dorian by easing some health benefits plan and prescription requirements, and expanding access to a toll-free help line. Cigna and Express Scripts will continue to monitor the situation and take additional steps to help our customers as needed, in concert with emergency or disaster declarations by local, state and federal authorities, to ensure customers continue to have access to pharmacy and medical care. Cigna may extend the expiration date for these temporary measures and expand the geographic range based on the path Hurricane Dorian takes and local conditions.

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    Cigna Foundation Helps Expand Trauma Counseling Services With $136,000 Grant to Pace Center for Girls

    The Cigna Foundation announced a $136,000 grant to Pace Center for Girls Broward, a Florida nonprofit organization that provides girls with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The purpose of Pace is to intervene and prevent school withdrawal, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and welfare dependence in a safe and nurturing environment. “We are grateful to the Cigna Foundation for their support in the expansion of the Pace Reach Program.

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    The right mergers and acquisitions (M&A;) can make a good company even better by opening up new markets, expanding capabilities and market share, and diversifying product lines.Not every deal is a guaranteed winner, but investors typically benefit from smart M&A.; A 2016 Booth Business School study found, on average, an increase in overall value for both the acquiring and acquired companies at the time of the merger, and a long-term rise in value for companies that made cash acquisitions.Consider the $81 billion merger between Exxon and Mobil in 1999 that created Exxon Mobil (XOM) - now a $300 billion goliath and the largest publicly traded energy company on U.S. exchanges. Or there's Walt Disney's (DIS) $6 billion buyout of Pixar in 2006. The studio's animated films have generated nearly $11 billion in worldwide box office alone, not accounting for merchandise and other related opportunities.Last year was an especially good year for corporate M&A; thanks to major catalysts provided by tax reform, low borrowing costs and a healthy stock market. Dealmaking hit near-record levels last year. According to Mergermarket, 5,718 transactions closed, and deal volume exceeded $1.5 trillion - the second-highest total ever. Also noteworthy was last year's surge in "mega-deals" - transactions valued at more than $10 billion. These included Keurig Dr. Pepper's (KDP) $27 billion acquisition of soft drink maker Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and pharmacy chain CVS Health's (CVS) $70 billion takeover of health insurance provider Aetna.Here are 15 large-cap stocks that are looking for big things out of their pending or recently closed M&A; deals. These mergers and acquisitions are either already sparking new life in the acquiring companies, or analysts and other market professionals expect them to do so over the coming years. SEE ALSO: The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio: All 47 Buffett Stocks Explained

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    Is Cigna (CI) Stock Undervalued Right Now?

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