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StockCall Reviews UnitedHealth and Aetna -Industry Trending Upward

      StockCall Reviews UnitedHealth and Aetna -Industry Trending Upward

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 17, 2013

LONDON, January 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

StockCall analysts have finalized technical analysis on UnitedHealth Group
Incorporated and Aetna Inc., both companies belong to the Health Care Plans
industry. These reports were done before UnitedHealth's earnings release
today. Register now to access those reports for free at

http://www.stockcall.com/analysis

Health care plan providers will soon be wrapping up their fourth quarter
results and it appears that most will beat or at the very least meet earnings
expectations. This is particularly encouraging considering the uncertainty
that surrounded the industry for the last two months of 2012. UnitedHealth
Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH) is releasing its results today before the
market opens, whilst Aetna Inc. [ Free Report on AET ] ^[ ^1 ^] (NYSE: AET) is
scheduled to report theirs on January 31 ^st pre-market. In its previous
quarter, UnitedHealth posted a 23% surge in profits with management cautioning
about 2013. Earnings projections from the company were $5.20 to $5.25 per
share. Report on UnitedHealth is available free upon registration at

http://www.StockCall.com/UNH011713.pdf

There were concerns that a combination of an improved economy and a stronger
than expected flu season would throw a wrench in to the industry's momentum.
Essentially, both of these situations typically lead to a spike in unforeseen
claims and can narrow margins for providers. Early looks at earnings reports
suggest that these fears were overblown however. 

Improving unemployment data and expanding customer bases should continue to be
the key drivers for growth this year. More citizens are returning to work
leading to an uptick in policies while Medicaid and Medicare customer bases
continue to expand on an industry-wide basis. Commercial customers opting to
cover insurance costs themselves are a disconcerting trend but may not impact
bottom lines considerably this year. 

A key element that has kept this industry buoyant amidst a number of
legislative changes and a dire economic environment has been the growing
number of old age people which comes from a generation that has been able to
prosper. This population of retirees is positive news for companies like Aetna
which offer services such as health care, group insurance and pension. Aetna
announced that its third quarter earnings grew by 2% when it released its
results back in October 2012. It projected back then that its adjusted
earnings would be around $5.10 per share.  

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1.Aetna Inc. Technical Analysis [
    http://www.StockCall.com/AetnaInc011713.pdf ]

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