Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of Humana Inc (NYSE:HUM) by 11.4% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 1,842,029 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 188,711 shares during the quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Humana were worth $456,951,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
A number of other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. First Trust Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Humana by 43.2% in the 4th quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 122,293 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $30,337,000 after purchasing an additional 36,874 shares during the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its stake in shares of Humana by 0.9% in the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 99,606 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $24,709,000 after purchasing an additional 905 shares during the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. grew its stake in shares of Humana by 46.1% in the 4th quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 76,299 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $18,926,000 after purchasing an additional 24,075 shares during the last quarter. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board grew its stake in shares of Humana by 3.7% in the 4th quarter. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board now owns 13,882 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $3,444,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Humana in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $335,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.13% of the company’s stock.
Several research analysts have weighed in on the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their target price on Humana from $253.00 to $271.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday. ValuEngine downgraded Humana from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on Humana in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $256.00 target price on the stock. Oppenheimer lifted their target price on Humana from $275.00 to $305.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Humana from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $294.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Humana has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $270.47.
Shares of Humana Inc (NYSE:HUM) opened at $267.47 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.61, a current ratio of 1.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48. The company has a market capitalization of $36,907.53, a P/E ratio of 16.04, a PEG ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 0.93. Humana Inc has a 1-year low of $203.36 and a 1-year high of $293.35.
Humana (NYSE:HUM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The insurance provider reported $2.06 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.00 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $13.19 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $13.14 billion. Humana had a return on equity of 16.13% and a net margin of 4.55%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.34 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Humana Inc will post 13.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 30th will be issued a $0.50 dividend. This is a boost from Humana’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.40. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 28th. Humana’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 9.59%.
Humana declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase program on Thursday, December 14th that permits the company to buyback $3.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization permits the insurance provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.
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Humana Inc is a health and well-being company. The Company’s segments include Retail, Group and Specialty, Healthcare Services and Individual Commercial. The Retail segment consists of Medicare benefits, as well as individual commercial fully insured medical and specialty health insurance benefits, including dental, vision, and other supplemental health and financial protection products.
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