Humana (NYSE:HUM)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low on Tuesday after Argus raised their price target on the stock from $270.00 to $330.00. Argus currently has a buy rating on the stock. Humana traded as low as $297.40 and last traded at $295.11, with a volume of 474566 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $289.95.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on HUM. Zacks Investment Research raised Humana from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $316.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday. Piper Jaffray reissued a “buy” rating and set a $313.00 price target on shares of Humana in a report on Wednesday, April 4th. ValuEngine raised Humana from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Deutsche Bank increased their price target on Humana from $259.00 to $270.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “hold” rating and set a $250.00 price target on shares of Humana in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $277.05.

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In other Humana news, insider M Todoroff Christopher sold 16,389 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $273.37, for a total value of $4,480,260.93. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 13,447 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,676,006.39. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Bruce D. Broussard sold 14,075 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $274.32, for a total value of $3,861,054.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 113,896 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $31,243,950.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 31,660 shares of company stock valued at $8,668,218 over the last 90 days. 0.60% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Certified Advisory Corp acquired a new stake in Humana during the 4th quarter worth approximately $109,000. American Beacon Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in Humana during the 4th quarter valued at about $122,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC increased its holdings in Humana by 99.0% during the 4th quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 597 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $159,000 after acquiring an additional 297 shares in the last quarter. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. increased its holdings in Humana by 44.9% during the 4th quarter. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. now owns 710 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $176,000 after acquiring an additional 220 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC purchased a new position in Humana during the 4th quarter valued at about $204,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.42% of the company’s stock.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48, a quick ratio of 1.85 and a current ratio of 1.85. The firm has a market cap of $39,600.76, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.35, a PEG ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 0.97.

Humana (NYSE:HUM) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The insurance provider reported $2.06 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.00 by $0.06. Humana had a net margin of 4.55% and a return on equity of 16.13%. The business had revenue of $13.19 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $13.14 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $2.34 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Humana will post 13.86 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Investors of record on Friday, March 30th will be issued a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 28th. This is a boost from Humana’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.40. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.68%. Humana’s dividend payout ratio is currently 17.08%.

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Humana Company Profile

Humana Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a health and well-being company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Retail; Group and Specialty; Healthcare Services; and Individual Commercial. The Retail segment offers Medicare and supplemental benefit plans to individuals or through group accounts.

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