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AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a” of Aetna Life Insurance Company and the other operating entities of Aetna Inc.
Most U.S. companies that pay dividends do it quarterly, or once every 90 days or so (foreign firms usually pay but once or twice a year). If your income stocks are on the same schedule, your payments will come much less regularly than, say, your relentless gas and electric bills.That's why many retirees and other dividend fans try to arrange matters so the income arrives more frequently. You can easily assemble a set of excellent dividend stocks with staggered pay dates. That's the idea of our Dividend-a-Month portfolio, assembled by the editors of Kiplinger's Investing for Income: cash every month, without interruption. You can play the calendar without dabbling in questionable stocks or worrying about the reliability of dividends.As a practical matter, note two key dates for dividend stocks. One is the "record date," the deadline to be a shareholder so you get the next payment. The record date is usually three to six weeks before the "payment date," which is when the dollars should appear in your brokerage account. We're using the actual arrival of the payment to match companies with their months. SEE ALSO: 14 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy for the 4% Rule
It’s hunting season for health insurers, commonly referred to as “open enrollment.” People over 65 who turn on their TV or open their mailbox from late October through November can’t escape advertisements from private health insurers offering so-called Medicare Advantage plans on behalf of the federal government. The process may be mildly annoying, but it is a sign of vitality in a public-private partnership that is delivering high-quality health care at comparatively low cost. Over one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries now enroll in these plans.
The Texan business was one of the first to embrace a programme offered by United Healthcare, its health insurer, which uses devices such as the Apple Watch to push members into more physical activity. As well as the satisfaction of a win over colleagues, members get cash if they meet three targets: frequency of movement — getting up and walking for small periods often; intensity — at least one burst of 3,000 steps in 30 minutes; and tenacity, completing 10,000 steps in a day. Meeting each goal helps members earn between $1 and $3.
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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (CVS) today announced that MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, has rolled out its video visit offering in the state of Colorado. People in Colorado with minor illnesses, minor injuries and skin conditions can now seek care through MinuteClinic Video Visits, a telehealth offering.
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (CVS) today announced that MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, has rolled out its video visit offering in the state of New Jersey. People in New Jersey with minor illnesses, minor injuries and skin conditions can now seek care through MinuteClinic Video Visits, a telehealth offering.
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (CVS) today announced that MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, has rolled out its video visit offering in the state of Illinois. People in Illinois with minor illnesses, minor injuries and skin conditions can now seek care through MinuteClinic Video Visits, a telehealth offering.
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Albeit the market sentiment is bullish on Walgreens Boots' (WBA) potential acquisition deal, many analysts are in doubt about the company's effective approach to get privatized.
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HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical research shows that loneliness and social isolation are associated with negative health behaviors and a wide range of illnesses. In fact, the health impact of loneliness has been equated to smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad 2010). A 2019 University of Michigan study found that 34 percent of Americans aged 50 to 80 feel they lack companionship, while 27 percent feel isolated (University of Michigan 2019).
All of these companies now have narrow moats and stable moat trends. The U.S. health system continues to put significant financial pressure on many U.S. citizens, and we think medical insurers and pharmacy benefit managers will remain key targets of regulators looking to improve the U.S. healthcare system.
Fund manager Bill Smead cites the availability of cheap financing, the drugstore chain’s strong earnings power, and possible participation by Berkshire Hathaway.
Walgreens Boots Alliance stock gapped up after KKR reportedly made a formal offer to take the Dow Jones giant private.
The broader market average all closed at record highs on Friday, as U.S. stocks added to recent gains this week. Financial names led the way higher, while real estate and utility stocks trailed the market.Investors kept a close eye on trade talks between the U.S. and China this week. While a formal resolution has yet to be announced, multiple press reports suggested the two sides could announce a “Phase One” deal before the next set of tariffs are scheduled to take effect, on Dec. 15.Earnings Parade EndingThird-quarter earnings season effectively ended this week, as 446 companies in the S&P 500 index have now announced results. 74% of the names have exceeded expectations, which is above the historical average. On the other hand, aggregate profit is on track to decline 0.5% for the period.Kroger (KR) was the big earnings-related winner this week. The grocery retailer gained 11% a session after providing upbeat profit guidance. On the other hand, online travel names Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP) both lost more than 20% a day after disappointing the market with their respective quarterly results.Looking ahead to next week, Cisco Systems (CSCO), Viacom (VIAB) and Wal-Mart (WMT) are scheduled to post quarterly reports. The bond markets are closed on Nov. 9 for the Veterans Day holiday and the economic calendar will be relatively quiet next week. Knowing what and when to buy can be challenging for any investor. However, the fact remains that attractive investments are out there, if you’re willing to dig a little deeper.One such consumer name with strong earnings momentum is worth a closer look and is our Stock of the Week below… Stock of the Week: CVS Health (CVS)The company is probably best known for its portfolio of nearly 10,000 retail pharmacies, but acquisitions over the past several years have broadened its business portfolio.CVS Health provides medical insurance to 38 million users through Aetna and covers pharmacy benefits for 102 million customers, by way of Caremark. In addition, the company treats patients directly through its network of over 1,100 Minute Clinics.The stock gained nearly 8% this week, as management delivered better-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday.Looking ahead, these gains should keep on coming. Here’s why:The retailer earned $1.84 a share in the third quarter, as revenue increased 36% from the previous year, to $64.81 billion. The sales growth was primarily from the Aetna acquisition, which is approaching its first anniversary. Management said on the conference call that all of the company’s core businesses grew at or above plan in the period.Following the results, 5-stare Cantor analyst Steven Halper raised his price target on the stock to $85, citing:> “In our view, CVS is executing on its strategy to integrate medical and pharmacy offerings to drive differentiation in the marketplace, through efforts such as HealthHUB expansion. Over time, we believe this should drive continued share gains and improvement in operating performance across the company's business units. As the company executes on these initiatives, share valuation should expand from current levels.” CVS Health generates steady cash flow, which it returns to investors. The shares offer a quarterly dividend of $0.25 a share (1.4% yield). Management also paid down $2.9 billion of net debt in the most recent quarter.In the meantime, the company is attractively priced at just 10.1x expected full-year earnings of $7.21 a share. This is an 11% discount to the median industry value and well below the average market multiple.It’s also worth noting that CVS Health carries a Smart Score of 10/10 on TipRanks. This new proprietary metric utilizes Big Data to rank stocks based on 8 key factors that have historically been a precursor of future outperformance.On top of the positive aspects mentioned already, Smart Score says the company has seen positive sentiment from investment bloggers and news.FYI: This is just 1 of the 20+ stocks selected for the Smart Investor portfolio. That’s where we share more detailed insights on our weekly stock picks. You may also want to learn more about how we use TipRanks indicators to find stocks that are primed to outperform. (Discover the Smart Investor portfolio here)