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WellPoint Can Do Better
By Stephen D. Simpson, CFA (TMFWildWeasel)
April 26, 2006

Wall Street has a remarkable way of turning its darlings into dungheaps. For most of 2005, managed health-care companies like UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH), Coventry Health (NYSE: CVH), and WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) were the toast of the market. Since then, though, investors have begun to focus on health care costs, premium trends, options policies, and so on. It seems Wall Streeters loved these firms too much when times were good, and now those fickle investors are in a rush to hate them more than their peers.....
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