News stories about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the health services provider an impact score of 46.0519710790447 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Universal Health Services (UHS) traded up $0.57 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $123.83. The stock had a trading volume of 712,258 shares, compared to its average volume of 863,505. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,678.86, a PE ratio of 15.86, a P/E/G ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 0.92. Universal Health Services has a 52 week low of $95.26 and a 52 week high of $128.49.
Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 28th. The health services provider reported $2.00 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.16. The company had revenue of $2.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.06% and a net margin of 7.23%. Universal Health Services’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.80 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services will post 9.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.32%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is currently 5.12%.
Universal Health Services declared that its board has authorized a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, November 15th that permits the company to buyback $400.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the health services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.
UHS has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup upgraded Universal Health Services from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $135.00 target price (up from $125.00) on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised Universal Health Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Piper Jaffray Companies cut Universal Health Services from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $147.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on Universal Health Services in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $137.00 target price for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Universal Health Services presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $133.40.
Universal Health Services Company Profile
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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