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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, WellPoint, CIGNA and Wright Medical Group
Date:1/11/2012

CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH), Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP), CIGNA Corp. (NYSE: CI) and Wright Medical Group (Nasdaq: WMGI).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

UNH Ends 2011 Better than Expected

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) managed to perform quite well in 2011, in contrast to analyst predictions that the stock might be under pressure, given the challenges posed by the HealthCare law and pressure on its government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

The stock of the biggest insurer (on the basis of revenue) gained 38% in 2011 compared with 15% in 2010, a year in which Health Care Reform was signed into law and 13% in 2009, the year which saw heated debates over the Health Care reform.

UnitedHealth also managed to perform well versus its peers Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP), CIGNA Corp.
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