BlackRock Inc. Buys 140,731 Shares of Humana Inc (HUM)

BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Humana Inc (NYSE:HUM) by 1.2% in the 3rd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 12,311,736 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 140,731 shares during the quarter. BlackRock Inc. owned 0.09% of Humana worth $4,167,767,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. bought a new stake in Humana during the third quarter worth $108,000. Sun Life Financial INC grew its holdings in Humana by 120.7% during the second quarter. Sun Life Financial INC now owns 373 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $111,000 after buying an additional 204 shares in the last quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. grew its holdings in Humana by 2,984.6% during the second quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. now owns 401 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $119,000 after buying an additional 388 shares in the last quarter. Smithfield Trust Co. grew its holdings in Humana by 531.2% during the third quarter. Smithfield Trust Co. now owns 486 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $165,000 after buying an additional 409 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Girard Partners LTD. bought a new stake in Humana during the third quarter worth $169,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.05% of the company’s stock.

In other news, insider Roy A. Beveridge sold 4,622 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $341.06, for a total transaction of $1,576,379.32. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 10,621 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,622,398.26. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Bruce D. Broussard sold 18,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $328.66, for a total value of $5,915,880.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 71,085 shares in the company, valued at approximately $23,362,796.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.60% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

HUM stock opened at $305.10 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 1.68 and a current ratio of 1.68. Humana Inc has a 1-year low of $235.56 and a 1-year high of $355.88. The firm has a market capitalization of $42.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 1.03.

Humana (NYSE:HUM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 7th. The insurance provider reported $4.58 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $4.29 by $0.29. Humana had a return on equity of 19.10% and a net margin of 2.70%. The business had revenue of $14.21 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $13.97 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $3.39 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts predict that Humana Inc will post 14.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 25th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 31st will be given a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 28th. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.66%. Humana’s dividend payout ratio is currently 17.08%.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on HUM shares. Argus upped their price target on Humana to $375.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 4th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $355.00 price target on shares of Humana in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. Bank of America upped their price target on Humana from $338.00 to $375.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. Jefferies Financial Group upped their price target on Humana from $356.00 to $372.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Humana from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $377.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 4th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $352.30.

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About Humana

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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