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What: Do you love roller coasters? Then you're going to love WellCare Health Plans
So what: Seems rival insurer Amerigroup
Now what: So far, there's no evidence whatsoever of monkey business at WellCare -- but investors aren't waiting around for even the first shoe to drop. They're fleeing WellCare in droves, and I can't say I blame them.
I mean, maybe there's no "there" there at all. But WellCare's already losing money on a trailing-12-months basis, and even if it hits this year's earnings targets, it will be priced at nearly 12 times current-year profits. That's not a lot of margin of safety for a dividend-less company that's only pegged for 13% growth as it is -- and could grow less if turns out to be infected by Amerigroup's "anomalies."
Will WellCare dodge the bullet that killed Amerigroup today? Add it to your Fool Watchlist and find out.
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