CVS Health Stock, Cigna: 2022 Trading Forecast

CVS Health stock alongside Cigna Corp record premarket slump in early Tuesday trading.

CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS)

On Tuesday, CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI), two of the top health insurance companies in the U.S., reaffirmed their full-year outlook ahead of meetings with investors and analysts. In accordance with its prior projections, CVS anticipates its 2022 adjusted earnings per share and cash flow from operations to be between $8.40 and $8.60 and $12.5 billion and $13.5 billion, respectively.

Cigna and CVS Health performance outlook

Additionally, Cigna (NYSE:CI) reaffirmed its 2022 outlook, estimating at least $22.90 in adjusted income from operations per share for the calendar year. According to the corporation, this estimate takes into account the impact of anticipated dividends for 2022 as well as upcoming share repurchases. The shares of both firms have outperformed the overall market, as depicted in this graph, and both have received Buy ratings from Wall Street analysts.

By the start of 2023, the Aetna CVS Health co-branded insurance policy from CVS Healths (NYSE:CVS) subsidiary will be available in New Jerseys individual insurance exchange market. Through the launch, members will have access to specialists, hospitals, and general care physicians. It will also enable access to inexpensive care through plans that offer in-network, cost-free virtual and walk-in treatment. As reported recently on Pressreach, CVS Health acquired Signify in an $8 billion deal.

CVS Healths revenues increased at an average annual growth rate of 15.1% from $195 billion in 2018 to $292 billion in 2021. The 2018 acquisition of AetnaAET 0.0% by CVS Health has contributed to the companys revenue growth. The rise in demand for Covid-19 testing and vaccine administration has been a major factor in CVS revenue growth since the start of the pandemic.

Revenue in the companys health care benefits division increased by 18% between 2019 and 2021, driven by an increase in total medical membership, which now totals 24.4 million, up from 22.9 million in 2019. Given the aging U.S. population, this trend is anticipated to endure for the foreseeable future.

While Covid-19 testing and vaccination administration are predicted to result in a drop in income for CVS, its other operations, like pharmacy services and health benefits, steady growth is anticipated.

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