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Look Out For Analyst’s Recommendation: Humana Inc. (HUM)

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The shares of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) currently has mean rating of 2.50 while 3 analysts have recommended the shares as “BUY”, 3 recommended as “OUTPERFORM” and 12 recommended as “HOLD”. The rating score is on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 stands for strong buy and 5 stands for sell.

The company’s mean estimate for sales for the current quarter ending Jun 16 is 13.62B by 13 analysts. The means estimate of sales for the year ending Dec-16 is 54.27B by 14 analysts.

The mean price target for the shares of Humana Inc. (HUM) is at 205.50 while the highest price target suggested by the analysts is 230.00 and low price target is 176.93. The mean price target is calculated keeping in view the consensus of 14 brokerage firms.

The average estimate of EPS for the current fiscal quarter for Humana Inc. (HUM) stands at 2.19 while the EPS for the current year is fixed at 8.87 by 19 analysts.

The next one year’s EPS estimate is set at 10.03 by 22 analysts while a year ago the analysts suggested the company’s EPS at 8.87. The analysts also projected the company’s long-term growth at 13.93% for the upcoming five years.

In its latest quarter ended on 31st March 2016, Humana Inc. (HUM) reported earnings of $1.86. The posted earnings topped the analyst’s consensus by $0.05 with the surprise factor of 2.80%. In the matter of earnings surprises, the term “Cockroach Effect” is often implied. Cockroach Effect is a market theory that suggests that when a company reveals bad news to the public, there may be many more related negative events that have yet to be revealed. In the case of earnings surprises, if a company is suggesting a negative earnings surprise it means there are more to come.

Humana Inc. (HUM) will showcase its largest ever list of healthy food items through its signature Humana Healthier Choices program at Taste of Chicago 2016, the world’s largest food festival.

The Humana Healthier Choices – selected by a panel of physicians and nutrition experts based on calories, saturated fat, sodium and ingredients – allow Taste-goers to indulge in the foods they love without stressing over their health and well-being. This year’s Humana Healthier Choices list features 75 healthy food options – the most in the program’s nine-year history – from 29 Chicago restaurants, which represent 40 percent of the total restaurants participating at the year’s festival.

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