News stories about LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. LHC Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the health services provider an impact score of 46.8706916706981 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- Comparing LHC Group (LHCG) and Its Rivals (americanbankingnews.com)
- LHC Group to Present at Oppenheimer 28th Annual Healthcare Conference (wallstreet-online.de)
- Understanding LHC Group’s Financial Performance (finance.yahoo.com)
- LHC Group, Inc. (LHCG) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
LHC Group stock opened at $61.88 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,124.72, a PE ratio of 22.18, a PEG ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 0.68. LHC Group has a 52 week low of $49.56 and a 52 week high of $76.14.
LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 28th. The health services provider reported $0.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.62. The business had revenue of $292.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $280.82 million. LHC Group had a return on equity of 9.18% and a net margin of 4.67%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 24.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.58 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that LHC Group will post 3.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
LHCG has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut LHC Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. BidaskClub cut LHC Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. Oppenheimer restated a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 target price on shares of LHC Group in a report on Thursday, December 7th. ValuEngine cut LHC Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $71.00 target price on LHC Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $76.70.
In other news, COO Donald Dwayne Stelly sold 14,216 shares of LHC Group stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.00, for a total value of $909,824.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 14.80% of the company’s stock.
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LHC Group Company Profile
LHC Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services.
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