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UnitedHealth, Cigna shares fall after Raymond James downgrades, citing tripledemic and coverage issues

Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc.

fell 0.5% and Cigna Corp.

slumped 2.3% in premarket buying and selling Monday, after Raymond James analyst John Ransom downgraded the well being insurers, citing issues that the “tripledemic” of the flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and COVID may result in higher-than-expected medical loss ratios (MLRs). Ransom can also be involved about potential detrimental outcomes from upcoming coverage catalysts, together with Medicare Advantage Advanced Notice and risk adjustment data validation (RADV) final rule. “[T]he normal view that the mix of largely preferrred elements in 2022 (decrease medical development, higher-than-expected MA charge improve and rotation into U.S.-centric defensive shares) are unlikely to be replicated,” Ransom wrote in a notice to purchasers. He minimize his ranking on each corporations to outperform from sturdy purchase and stored his inventory worth targets at $615 for UnitedHealth and at $370 for Cigna. UnitedHealth’s inventory has gained 5.6% and Cigna shares have run up 39.0% yr so far, whereas the SPDR Well being Care Choose Sector ETF

has misplaced 4.5% and the Dow Jones Industrial Common

has declined 7.1%.

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