The market is the final say, and although Tenet was up 28% in the past year, United Healthcare Group (UNH - Get Report) was up only 8%, WellPoint (WLP) was down 16% and Cigna (CI - Get Report) was up 21%:
United Healthcare has a financial strength rating of A+ and is rated by TheStreet as an A- stock. Revenue is projected to be up 8.7% next year, and earnings are expected to increase annually by 10.48% for the next five years.
WellPoint has a financial strength of A and is rated as a B by TheStreet. Revenue is expected to increase by 8.2% next year, and earnings should increase by 8.29% annually for the next five years.Cigna has a financial strength of B++ and TheStreet gives the stock and A rating. Revenue might be up 10.2% next year, and earnings are estimated to increase by 10.21% annually for five years. Conclusion: With risk comes return, and I look for Tenet to benefit from Obamacare. Analysts expect the earnings to compound by 11.73% annually for the next five years and also expect the annual total return to investors to be in the 25%-30% range for that same period. The stock has gotten good support since July, and the lower 14-day turtle channel shows nice steady increases in that support as is evidenced in the chart below. If you want an Obamacare play, I think you'll find it here. At the time of publication, VanMeerten held no positions in Tenet Healthcare, but the stock was on his new-purchase watch list.
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