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Humana Inc.

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Humana’s first-quarter earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but improved year over year on high memberships and share buybacks. Higher Medical memberships aided top line. Humana’s Accountable Care agreements, partnerships, efficient capital deployment, focus on expansion through acquisitions and diversifications as well as strong ratings position it for long-term gains. Moreover, the pending divestiture of Concentra should free up deployable capital.  However, increased operating and capital expenses, huge heath insurer fees, dependence on Medicare Advantage (MA) plans including an expected cut in the MA funding, modestly weak financial position and rise in financial leverage are major headwinds.

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