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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights Humana, Cintas, Biogen, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Markel Group

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Chicago, IL – September 8, 2023 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Humana Inc. (HUM - Free Report) , Cintas Corp. (CTAS - Free Report) , Biogen Inc. (BIIB - Free Report) , Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL - Free Report) and Markel Group Inc. (MKL - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for Humana, Cintas and Biogen

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Humana Inc., Cintas Corp. and Biogen Inc. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today's research reports here >>>

Shares of Humana have declined -8.9% over the year-to-date period against the Medical - HMOs industry's decline of -10.8%. The companies escalating operating costs are affecting profits. A debt-laden balance sheet induces a rise in interest expenses. As such, the stock warrants a cautious stance.

Nevertheless, Humana's Medicaid business benefits from several contract wins and renewals thereby contributing to the top line. Strategic buyouts and alliances place it well for growth in the future.

Solid contributions from the Insurance and CenterWell segments bode well. Management estimates adjusted 2023 EPS to be at least $28.25, reflecting minimum growth of 12% year over year. It has been deploying excess capital through share buybacks and dividend payments on balance sheet strength.

(You can read the full research report on Humana here >>>)

Cintas' shares have outperformed the Zacks Uniform and Related industry over the year-to-date period (+10.6% vs. +9.2%). Strong segmental performances have been aiding the company. Increased productivity level and new product launches are boosting the Uniform Rental and Facility Services segment's performances.

Strength in the health and wellness businesses and high customer retention levels are driving the growth of the First Aid and Safety Services segment. The company's focus on enhancement of its product portfolio holds promise. Cintas' efforts to reward shareholders are impressive.

However, the rising cost of sales, and increasing selling and administrative expenses pose a threat to the company's bottom line. High tax rate is an added concern for Cintas. Also, foreign currency headwinds are weighing on the company's top line.

(You can read the full research report on Cintas here >>>)

Shares of Biogen have outperformed the Zacks Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry over the past year (+26.8% vs. -10.8%). The company's potential new products like Leqembi in Alzheimer's disease, Qalsody in ALS and zuranolone in depression can help revive growth. With Leqembi receiving traditional approval and broader CMS coverage in the United States, it has the potential to generate blockbuster sales.

Biogen is exploring both early to mid-stage assets and late-stage assets to build its pipeline. However, Biogen's has a high-risk pipeline. Sales of Leqembi are expected to be slow in 2023.  

It is also facing multiple challenges at present like the generic erosion of Tecfidera, competitive pressure for Spinraza, declining profit share of Rituxan in the United States and the failure of Aduhelm. Most of its key drugs are facing declining sales.

(You can read the full research report on Biogen here >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Markel Group Inc.

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