Aetna will pass drug discounts along to some members at the pharmacy counter

Aetna Inc. will automatically pass along drug rebates to a portion of its members starting in 2019, the company said on Tuesday. The policy will be applied to Aetna’s AET, +0.58%  employer-sponsored group health plans, benefiting an estimated three million individuals. The population makes up a minority share of Aetna’s 22.2 million medical members. UnitedHealth … Read more

Market Extra: Here’s how dollar fundamentals may have driven the new yuan fix

China’s yuan surged to its highest level in 2½ years early Tuesday, but amid possible reasons such as trade war fears and technicals, it may have been anticipated dollar weakness that led to the move. On Tuesday, the People’s Bank of China set the yuan’s exchange rate at its highest level—6.2816 yuan per dollar USDCNY, … Read more

Key Words: When Ann Coulter turns on you, she REALLY turns — just ask Trump

It seems like just yesterday that right-wing commentator and expert provocateur Ann Coulter hit the circuit in support of her Donald Trump-lovin’ best-seller, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” So what’s happened since then? ‘I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care.’ That’s her response to a question she was … Read more

Money Brain: Here’s how to think clearly about the Fed, stocks, and interest rates

Interest rates are making headlines again. Are rates going up or down? Is this good news, bad news, or no news for the stock market? These are important questions and I’d like to suggest a few fundamental principles. For almost 50 years, from 1959 through 2007, the 10-year U.S. Treasury TMUBMUSD10Y, -0.36%  rate averaged 6.86% … Read more

Key Words: Analyst who left Fox News over ‘propaganda’ now takes aim at CNN

‘CNN and MSNBC would be more effective if they occasionally gave the devil his due, instead of mirroring the intolerance of their prime-time counterparts at Fox.’ That’s what retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters had to say about the other cable-news stations in the wake of his exit earlier this month from Fox News, … Read more

Economic Report: U.S. trade deficit in goods widens slightly in February

Getty Images Shipping containers are unloaded from a cargo ship at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The numbers: An early look at trade patterns in February showed a 0.1% widening in the U.S. goods deficit – to $75.4 billion from $75.3 billion, the Commerce Department said Wednesday., Also, the government’s advanced report on wholesale … Read more

Economic Report: Pending-home sales rebound in February, even as Realtors slash 2018 sales forecast

The numbers: Pending-home sales rose 3.1% to 107.5 in February, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Economists had forecast a 3.0% increase. What happened: NAR’s index, which tracks real-estate transactions in which a contract has been signed but the transaction hasn’t closed, helps foreshadow sales of previously-owned homes. It fell to a more-than three … Read more