Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

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Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the seventeen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $143.86.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on UHS. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $151.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Friday, June 7th. BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on Universal Health Services to $138.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, April 29th. Barclays cut their target price on Universal Health Services from $136.00 to $130.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Universal Health Services from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $147.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Monday, March 4th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Deutsche Bank boosted their price objective on Universal Health Services from $140.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st.

NYSE UHS traded up $2.19 on Tuesday, hitting $126.45. 723,100 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 716,270. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $122.86. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $109.37 and a twelve month high of $142.21. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.50, a P/E/G ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 1.09.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 25th. The health services provider reported $2.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.62 by ($0.17). The business had revenue of $2.80 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.82 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 16.21% and a net margin of 7.26%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $2.45 earnings per share. Research analysts expect that Universal Health Services will post 9.98 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 17th. Investors of record on Monday, June 3rd were paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, May 31st. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.32%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 4.20%.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 0.3% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 9,103,260 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,163,759,000 after purchasing an additional 31,744 shares in the last quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Universal Health Services during the fourth quarter valued at about $211,000. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC lifted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 14.7% during the fourth quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 8,131 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $948,000 after buying an additional 1,041 shares during the last quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund lifted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 11,078.5% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 3,222,767 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $28,000 after buying an additional 3,193,937 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Intrust Bank NA purchased a new stake in shares of Universal Health Services during the fourth quarter valued at about $266,000. 86.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Universal Health Services

Universal Health Services, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other segments. Its hospital offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services.

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