272.93 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 5:49PM EST
|Bid||272.89 x 1000|
|Ask||273.05 x 900|
|Day's Range||269.00 - 278.45|
|52 Week Range||208.07 - 287.94|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.61|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||19.86|
|Earnings Date||Jan 13, 2020 - Jan 17, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||4.32 (1.60%)|
|1y Target Est||287.08|
Each of the three major domestic stock indices posted fresh closing highs at the end of Monday’s session, shrugging off some earlier choppiness as investors considered mixed signals over progress in a U.S.-China interim trade agreement.
One of the most attractive reasons to invest in health-care stocks continues to be the world's aging population.The United Nations says people age 65 and older are the fastest-growing age group worldwide. It estimates that by 2050, one out of every six people will be 65 or older, accounting for 16% of the planet's total population, up from 9% in 2011. That figure is even larger in Europe and North America, where the U.N. predicts the number will be closer to 25%. The demand for health-care products and services should only increase as a result.Yes, health-care stocks will be coming off a weak 2019. Through mid-November, the S&P; 500 was sitting on nearly 25% gains, while the sector had improved by roughly half that. They'll also have to contend with uncertainty regarding the future of health care as the 2020 presidential election approaches. But don't sleep on the space in the year ahead.For one, health-care stocks tend to outperform during periods of economic weakness. For instance, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) delivered a 39.6% total loss (share price plus dividends) during the 2007-09 bear market - more than 15 percentage points better than the S&P; 500\. Thus, headlines warning of an economic slowdown or even a recession in 2020 actually bode well for the sector.Also, health care has traded at a price-to-earnings ratio more expensive than the overall market more often than not over the past 20 years. However, according to the Charles Schwab Center for Research, the sector's P/E currently is cheaper than the S&P; 500, providing a better buying opportunity.Here, then, are the 13 best health-care stocks to buy for 2020, including a couple of funds for investors who want to diversify. SEE ALSO: Every Warren Buffett Stock Ranked: The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio
Political developments over the weekend seemed to lessen the chances of Medicare for All being implemented in the near term.
Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. rallied 2.2% in morning trading Monday, enough to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average's gainers, after analyst David MacDonald at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey raised raised his price target to the highest on the Street. The managed care company's stock price gain was adding about 40 points to the Dow's price, while the Dow was down 11 points. MacDonald reiterated his buy rating on UnitedHealth's stock and raised his price target to $335 from $310, which makes him the most bullish of the 26 analysts surveyed by FactSet. "We have raised managed care price targets following the release of Senator Warren's plans to implement Medicare For All, which we think provide additional clarity and likely allays some concerns," MacDonald wrote in a note to clients. "We remain bullish on managed care and continue to view the companies as a key part of the healthcare cost solutions." Among price target increases, shares of WellCare Health Plans Inc. rose 2.4%, Humana Inc. tacked on 0.6%, Anthem Inc. hiked up 1.9%, Molina Healthcare Inc. tacked on 3.1% and CVS Health Inc. advanced 0.7% and Molina Healthcare Inc. rallied 3.1%.
Hospital stocks gain from a less-than-expected strict price transparency rule and health insurers' optimism on a likely rise in profitability from a low-cost plan.
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(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren said Friday her Medicare-for-All plan would be implemented over three years, a major concession to the difficulty of fundamentally changing the way Americans get health care. Managed-care and hospital stocks moved higher on the news.A Medium post Warren published Friday mapped out a strategy to enact a mandatory government-run health care system that she estimates would cost $20.5 trillion but others have tagged at more than $30 trillion.Warren said she would inch up to Medicare-for-all, starting with a plan to cover children and poor families. That would happen through a legislative maneuver in her first 100 days in the White House, while not actually eliminating private insurance plans until her third year in office.Health-care companies, which worried about extinction, rallied Friday, leading the S&P 500 Health Index to an all-time high. Among them, some of the nation’s largest insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc., Humana Inc., Anthem Inc. and Centene Corp. have climbed more than 5% in Friday’s trading.The advance in health care is a turnaround from the first nine months of the year, when the industry trailed most of its market peers over drug-pricing regulations and Medicare for All proposals.Even if Warren wins the White House and Democrats win control of both the House and Senate, Warren’s timeline is still optimistic, given how Congress operates.She said she would ask Congress to use a quirk in the budget process to allow a simple majority vote -- bypassing the 60-vote Senate threshold -- and “fast-track” a Medicare for All option that would immediately cover children under the age of 18 and families making less than $51,000 a year, and provide an option for expanded Medicare for people over 50.In the first three years, anyone else could buy into Medicare for All at a “modest” cost, Warren said, before it eventually became free.By her third year in office, Warren said, “the American people will have experienced the full benefits of a true Medicare for All option, and they can see for themselves how that experience stacks up against high-priced care that requires them to fight tooth-and-nail against their insurance company.”She added, “I won’t hand Mitch McConnell a veto over my health care agenda,” referring to the current Senate majority leader.After repeated questioning about how she would finance a government-run Medicare for All system that eliminates private insurance, Warren on Nov. 1 rolled out a $20.5 trillion proposal funded by taxing the rich and large corporations.Her gradual implementation “will give people time to adjust, people in the industry will have time to look for other jobs, pension plans will have time to start changing their portfolio and it will give the government time to gear up the bureaucracy,” said Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who consulted on Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign on Medicare for All, the basis of Warren’s plan.The new proposal sets Warren apart from Sanders, who has said he wouldn’t compromise with incremental health-care changes.But Friedman cautioned that a long transition period could leave the private health insurance industry in shambles.“If you know that in three years your company is going to be wiped out, then it could create perverse incentives, staff start exiting and companies may become dysfunctional before the government program is set up,” Friedman said.Warren’s new proposal at least at first ends up looking much like that of her moderate rivals, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg: Expanded government-run insurance without mandating it for everyone.Spokesmen for Biden and Buttigieg quickly weighed in.“Senator Warren is now trying to muddy the waters even further,” said deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield. “We’re not going to beat Donald Trump next year with double talk on health care.”Buttigieg spokeswoman Lis Smith said, “Senator Warren’s new health care ’plan’ is a transparently political attempt to paper over a very serious policy problem, which is that she wants to force 150 million people off their private insurance -- whether they like it or not.”Even if Democrats control the entire federal government in 2021, their best-case scenario is a narrow Senate majority that would likely leave Warren far short of the votes to pass Medicare for All. And several key Democrats have pledged not to eliminate the legislative filibuster. But the party is more united around the idea of a government-run insurance option.The budget fast-track process, known as reconciliation, has been used by majorities in both parties to avoid a filibuster. Democrats under President Barack Obama used it to pass Obamacare in 2010, while Republicans under President Donald Trump tried to use the procedure to repeal the health-care law in 2017 but came up short.“While Republicans tried to use fast-track budget reconciliation legislation to rip away health insurance from millions of people with just 50 votes in the Senate, I’ll use that tool in reverse – to improve our existing public insurance programs,” Warren wrote.Still, budget reconciliation creates complications as Senate rules require that such legislation be limited to changes involving taxes and spending. Republicans struggled to shoehorn their attempted repeal of Obamacare, which included regulatory reforms, into the process.Warren also vowed to take immediate action to lower drug prices in her first day as president, including insulin, EpiPens and drugs that save people from opioid overdoses. A Warren administration would help companies produce expensive medicines as a price-control measure and use administrative authority to ensure sufficient supply.(Updates with details in first, second, third paragraphs.)\--With assistance from Tatiana Darie.To contact the reporters on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org;Sahil Kapur in Washington at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
A popular exchange-traded fund that tracks the health-care sector saw its best daily return in 10 months on Friday after the Trump administration proposed new rules aimed at making health-care prices more transparent. The SPDR Health Care Select Sector ETF posted a 2.1%, marking its best day since Jan. 4, when it rose 2.98%, according to FactSet data. The Trump administration proposed a rule that would require health insurers to disclose estimated out-of-pocket costs, including negotiated rates, to patients in advance of a procedure or office visit. It also finalized a rule requiring hospitals to make transparent the prices they charge patients starting in 2021. It's possible that the stocks gained on doubts on how the rules would be enforced. "While the Trump administration's new hospital price transparency requirement is quite sweeping, the enforcement of it is quite weak - a maximum fine of $300 per day," Kaiser Family Foundation executive Larry Levitt wrote on Twitter. Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. , which is the largest health insurer in the U.S., and Anthem Inc. each rose roughly 5%. Shares of Tenet Healthcare Corp. and HCA Healthcare Inc. , both large hospital operators, were up at least 2%. The S&P 500 is up 24.4% year-to-date.
Hospital and managed care stocks surged Friday as Wall Street saw President Trump's medical price transparency rules as reason to buy health care stocks.
The major stock indexes hit record highs Friday on the back of U.S.-China trade optimism. Disney fell sharply for a second straight day.
DOW UPDATE The Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading up Friday afternoon with shares of UnitedHealth and Pfizer seeing positive gains for the price-weighted average. The Dow (DJIA) is trading 177 points (0.
DOW UPDATE Shares of Boeing and UnitedHealth are seeing strong returns Thursday afternoon, though the Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading roughly flat. The Dow (DJIA) most recently, was trading 4 points, or 0.
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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.
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