BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks slid last month, with the S&P 500 falling 4.7% as investors loaded up on fixed-income securities. Here are 10 stocks struggling despite exceptionally cheap price-to-earnings ratios. When stocks rebound, these stocks may fare best. The companies are ordered by forward earnings multiple, from cheap to cheapest.
10. Humana (HUM) offers health and supplemental benefit plans. Second-quarter profit increased 21% to $340 million, or $2 a share, as revenue grew 9.5% to $8.7 billion. The operating margin rose from 5.9% to 8.2%. Humana has $8.9 billion of cash and $1.7 billion of debt, equal to a quick ratio of 1.7 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.3. During the past three years, Humana has grown revenue 11% annually, on average, and boosted profit 24% a year.
Its stock trades at a trailing earnings multiple of 7.1, a forward earnings multiple of 8.6, a book value multiple of 1.3, a sales multiple of 0.3 and a cash flow multiple of 3.6 -- 51%, 31%, 48%, 60% and 59% discounts to peer averages. Of analysts covering Humana, 9, or 43%, advise purchasing its shares, 11 recommend holding and one suggests selling them. A median price target of $55.73 suggests a return of 16%.
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