Media coverage about WellCare Health Plans (NYSE:WCG) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. WellCare Health Plans earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.4762755481727 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

WellCare Health Plans (NYSE WCG) traded down $0.70 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $217.91. The company had a trading volume of 42,428 shares, compared to its average volume of 274,621. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 1.28 and a current ratio of 1.28. WellCare Health Plans has a 52-week low of $136.23 and a 52-week high of $221.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,732.86, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.37, a P/E/G ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 0.82.

WellCare Health Plans (NYSE:WCG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported $4.08 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.90 by $2.18. WellCare Health Plans had a return on equity of 19.42% and a net margin of 2.21%. The company had revenue of $4.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.37 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.63 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 22.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that WellCare Health Plans will post 8.38 EPS for the current year.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Cowen reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $250.00 price target on shares of WellCare Health Plans in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and set a $214.00 price target on shares of WellCare Health Plans in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. ValuEngine lowered WellCare Health Plans from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Jefferies Group raised their price target on WellCare Health Plans from $190.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co restated a “market perform” rating and set a $188.00 price target (up from $175.00) on shares of WellCare Health Plans in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $213.40.

In related news, Director Carol Burt sold 997 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $202.20, for a total transaction of $201,593.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.47% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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WellCare Health Plans Company Profile

WellCare Health Plans, Inc is a managed care company. The Company focuses on government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), to families, children, seniors and individuals with medical needs. The Company operates through three segments: Medicaid Health Plans, Medicare Health Plans and Medicare PDPs.

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