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Humana Inc. Message Board

  • plamanna plamanna Dec 20, 1997 9:38 AM Flag

    Cheap Stock?

    This stock, even with its ongoing problems, looks cheap here under $20. Any reason why I should not take a position?

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    • By the way, a better investment idea in the HMO category is Health Power (see my discussion under HPWR msgs). You may have to suffer a bit with this one but if you are patient it is a good value play.

    • I have owned a small amount of Humana for a long time because I believe in the growth story. However, I recommend the new
      Barrons (Dec 22 last page) where that other most essential ingredient HMO margins is talked about and questioned. I agree with
      creative_truth, $30 is doable if Humana can maintain their margins. Essentially, their growth in sales is almost a given, so if their
      margins hold and their price/sales remains the same they are a $30 stock in 1998. But margins are a big if. I am not adding to my
      position but not selling either. By the way, I like Gregory Wolf the new CEO -- a push toward quality care but make them pay.

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