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Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 26053.3. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Humana Inc. is 174.86 (with a change from open of -0.09%), this in conjunction with a target price of 202.15. Volume today has so far reached 228253, with an average volume of about 1894.28. The GAP for this stock, is 0.23%.

The P/E ratio is 26.85, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 16.2. The current EPS for Humana Inc., is 6.5, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 14.70%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -1.86%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Humana Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 16.40% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 14.63%. Quarter over quarter is -27.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 2.00%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 5.50%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 10.10%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 95.60%. Shares outstanding is 149.2, while shares float is at a value of 148.56. Float short for Humana Inc. is 1.34% and the short ratio is 1.05.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.35, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.39. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is , and the quick ratio is . The most recent gross margin is and their operating margin is 4.10%. The profit margin is 1.80%.

Humana Inc. has seen returns on assets of 3.80%, and on investment, 9.90%. Return on equity is 9.30%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.84. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.48, with Price/book ratio coming to 2.4 and Price/cash is 10.73, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 29.64.

The simple moving averages are 1.03% and 0.20% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -8.61% and the 52 week low is 16.57%.

Humana Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.66%, with a current price of 174.86. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 17.70%. This is in an industry, Health Care Plans, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Humana Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Health Care Plans industry means that Humana Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -1.07%, with performance for the month coming to -2.38%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -6.54%, and for the half year the performance is -6.81%. Volatility for this week is 1.29% and for the month this is 1.33%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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