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WellPoint Upgraded to "Neutral" at BofA/Merrill Lynch (WLP)Sep 13, 2013Bank of America/Merrill Lynch announced on Friday that it has upgraded health benefit company WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) . The firm has raised its rating on WLP to "Neutral," and has given the company a $98 price target. This price target suggests a 10% increase from the stock's current price of $88.46. WellPoint shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is up 45% YTD.
WellPoint Reaffirms FY2013 Outlook Below Analyst Estimates (WLP)Sep 10, 2013On Tuesday, health benefits company WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) reported that it has reaffirmed its full year outlook, which falls below analysts' estimates. The company reported in its SEC filing that it has maintained its FY2013 EPS estimate of at least $7.89 per share. This estimate includes net costs of 11 cents per share. On an adjusted basis, WLP expects to see EPS of at least $8.00 per share. On average, analysts expect to see earnings of $8.26 per share for the full year. WellPoint shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 42% YTD. The Bottom Line Shares of WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) have a 1.73% yield based on Monday's closing price of $86.71. WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.
Jefferies Upgrades WellPoint to "Buy" on Expected Earnings Growth (WLP)May 14, 2013On Tuesday, Jefferies upgraded WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) , as the analysts believe the health benefits company will continue to see earnings growth in 2014, helped by share buybacks. The analysts upgraded WLP from "Hold" to "Buy" and now see shares reaching $92, up from the previous target of $75. This new price target suggests a 21% upside to Monday's closing price of $76.01. Jefferies analyst David Windley stated, "We believe one of the biggest questions on investors' minds is can WLP grow 2014 earnings? After a deep dive analysis, we quantify the key head/tailwinds. The conclusion: we expect 1-2% net income growth and 7-8% EPS growth with the benefit of buybacks. Meanwhile, consensus is expecting earnings to decline 3.5% and EPS to increase 2.4%." WellPoint shares were flat during pre-market trading on Tuesday. The stock is up +24.77% year-to-date. The Bottom Line Shares of WellPoint (WLP) have a dividend yield of 1.97%, based on last night's closing price of $76.01 and the company's annualized dividend payout of $1.50 per share. WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.
WellPoint Q1 Profit Rises 3% on 16% Higher Revenues; Boosts Fiscal 2013 Outlook (WLP)Apr 24, 2013Shares of health insurance provider WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) spiked in early trading on Wednesday, after the company reported better-than-expected profits in the first quarter as the company benefited from membership increase following its acquisition of Amerigroup. The Indianapolis, Indiana-based company posted a first quarter net income of $885.2 million, or $2.89 per share, 3% higher than last year's first quarter profit of $856.5 million, or $2.52 per share. The first quarter earnings include a 5 cents per share net investment loss. Excluding the net investment loss, adjusted net income came in at $898.9 million, or $2.94 per share, in the first quarter. This topped analysts' estimates of $2.38 per share, according to Thomson Reuters. WellPoint's total operating revenue in the first quarter was $17.55 billion, up 16% from $15.15 billion last years. However, this missed the Wall Street expectation of $18.02 billion in revenue. The first quarter results benefited from the acquisition of Medicaid coverage provider Amerigroup Corp., which closed late last year. The acquisition added more than 2 million members to the company's total enrollment. Looking forward, the company now expects full year 2013 net income to be at least $7.75 per share, which includes the 5 cents per share net investment loss from the first quarter. Excluding that loss, earnings are expected to be at least $7.80 per share, up from the previous forecast of $7.60 per share. This is above the Wall Street expectation that WellPoint will earn $7.78 per share in 2013. Wayne DeVeydt, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, "Our quarterly results were ahead of our plan both at the operating gain level and below the line, and were supported by strong quality metrics. We have modestly raised our full year EPS outlook as a reflection of our performance, but are still being prudent as many of the uncertainties inherent in our original guidance still exist." WellPoint shares were up $4.65, or +6.29%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up +13.80% year-to-date. The Bottom Line Shares of WellPoint (WLP) have a dividend yield of 2.03% based on Wednesday's intraday trading price of $73.98 and the company's annualized dividend payout of $1.50 per share. WellPoint, Inc. (WLP) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.