Shares of Humana Inc. are poised to rebound after a rough performance in 2012, thanks in part to growth prospects for the health insurer's Medicare Advantage plans, according to a Bernstein Research analyst.

The Louisville, Ky., company's stock sank 22 percent last year to close at $68.63. In contrast, the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose more than 13 percent.

Analyst Ana Gupte said in a Thursday morning research note she has a $95 price target on the stock, and she expects 2013 earnings of $9.20 per share, which far exceeds the company's initial forecast for earnings of between $7.60 and $7.80 per share. The insurer expects 2012 earnings of $7.25 to $7.35 per share.

Analysts, on average, forecast earnings of $7.89 per share for 2013 and $7.46 per share for 2012, according to FactSet.

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