Health-Care Stocks: Advantage Medicare?

Growth in private, government-sponsored health plans could be a boon for some players in the managed-care industry

On Feb. 5, Humana (HUM) is slated to report fourth-quarter results. Analysts expect the health insurer to post earnings of 88 cents per share on $5.7 billion in revenue, up from 46 cents a share on $3.7 billion a year earlier, according to Reuters Estimates. The Louisville (Ky.) company will also likely be one of several outfits in the managed-care sector benefiting from recent growth in private Medicare plans.

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