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Aetna Inc. and CVS Health Corp. announced the $69 billion CVS agreement to acquire Aetna at what might have been the worst possible time for health insurance agents and brokers: as producers were racing to help older clients meet the Dec. 7 Medicare plan annual election period deadline.

Producers are also in the middle of helping employer clients with calendar-year plans nail down 2018 benefit plan enrollment, and, in some cases, doing whatever it is they still have the heart to do for consumers trying to get individual major medical enrollment period.

But Aetna has made some efforts to communicate with producers about the CVS deal.

Here’s a look at some of what the company has told producers, sifted from a blizzard of documents Aetna has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: LM Ericsson Telephone Company(ERIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $7.86 after reporting strong Q1 results.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $7.755 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.

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  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) surged on Friday following the telecommunications company’s first-quarter report. While revenue tumbled compared to the prior-year period, the company managed to turn a small profit on an adjusted basis. That was enough to drive the stock 17.1% higher by market close.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
    Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
    TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
    Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
    Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
    Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) dropped 3.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $5.35 against a 52-week high of $10.58. Volume of about 28 million was about 6 times the daily average of around 4.8 million. The stock closed at $5.55 on Wednesday night. The Swedish network gear maker warned on revenues and earnings Wednesday morning.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: EnLink Midstream Partners, LP(ENLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) is sponsored by independent oil and gas exploration giant Devon Energy (DVN), the owner of this acreage.

    These basins offer superior economics and EnLink’s close relationship with Devon provides leveraged exposure to the upstream operator’s accelerating activity in these plays.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Extra Space Storage Inc(EXR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    The final REIT type I like right now is self-storage, particularly Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR).

    First, I should mention that this could prove to be the most volatile company on the list. Self-storage isn’t as defensive as retail or healthcare simply because of its lease structure. Generally, you don’t sign a multi-year lease on a storage unit — you just pay each month that you want to keep it. This makes it easier for tenants to vacate the properties during tough times.