Wedbush Downgrades AMERIGROUP (AGP) to Neutral; WellCare (WCG) May Be Up Next On The Chopping Block

July 10, 2012 8:53 AM EDT
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Wedbush downgraded AMERIGROUP (NYSE: AGP) from Outperform to Neutral with a price target of $92.00 (from $79.00).

Analyst, Sarah James, said, "While we continue to believe in the long-term growth opportunity for Medicaid plans, we believe shares of AMERIGROUP will likely be range-bound and therefore underperform peers as we approach the anticipated 1Q13 closing of the acquisition by WellPoint (NYSE: WLP)...Though management mapped out a longer closing period, we do not foresee any prohibitive hurdles to the closing; VA Medicaid was likely the closest to being an anti-trust issue, but our state contacts indicate the combined market share (44%) will be below the 70% maximum."

"While we do not view this as an opening of the floodgates for acquisitions, we still believe WellCare (NYSE: WCG) to be an attractive M&A candidate."

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Shares of AMERIGROUP closed at $88.79 yesterday.

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