October 12, 2018 / 12:42 PM / 8 days ago

BUZZ-Jefferies downgrades Molina, says UnitedHealth set-up "attractive"

** Jefferies downgrades Molina Healthcare Inc to “hold” from “buy”; says MOH no longer the cheapest Medicaid stock when look out to 2021, yet it has the “most difficult” path among peers to reach its earnings power

** Brokerage Evercore says Amazon.com is well-equipped to pose a “real threat” to existing healthcare suppliers

** Jefferies analyst David Windley says “cautious” on Magellan Health Inc and Tivity Health Inc; says “challenging set-up” for both

** UnitedHealth Group Inc set-up “attractive”; believes co can sustain its 13-16 pct EPS growth over the next several year - Windley

** Jefferies estimates Cigna Corp adj EPS will be $17/shr vs consensus estimate of $15.28/shr (Reporting by Aakash Jagadeesh Babu in Bengaluru)

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