Universal Health Services (UHS) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.09

News headlines about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.5983449115003 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Citigroup Inc. reduced their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services from $131.00 to $126.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $147.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. BidaskClub cut shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Universal Health Services presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $126.31.

Universal Health Services (UHS) traded up $2.61 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $98.38. 1,043,100 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 780,455. The company has a current ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The company has a market capitalization of $9,160.88, a P/E ratio of 12.80, a PEG ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.95. Universal Health Services has a one year low of $95.26 and a one year high of $129.74.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.76 by ($0.27). The business had revenue of $2.51 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.60 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.13% and a net margin of 6.90%. The company’s revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.60 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Universal Health Services will post 7.36 earnings per share for the current year.

Universal Health Services declared that its board has authorized a share buyback plan on Wednesday, November 15th that authorizes the company to buyback $400.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the health services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.41%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. Universal Health Services’s payout ratio is 5.49%.

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About Universal Health Services

Universal Health Services, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s principal business is owning and operating, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities, and behavioral healthcare facilities. The Company’s segments include Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Services and Other.

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