Universal Health Services (UHS) – Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 11/16/2022 – Universal Health Services had its price target raised by analysts at UBS Group AG to $113.00.
  • 11/4/2022 – Universal Health Services was downgraded by analysts at StockNews.com from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 11/2/2022 – Universal Health Services had its price target raised by analysts at Mizuho from $121.00 to $126.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2022 – Universal Health Services had its price target raised by analysts at SVB Leerink LLC from $98.00 to $114.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/27/2022 – Universal Health Services was upgraded by analysts at StockNews.com from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 10/12/2022 – Universal Health Services is now covered by analysts at StockNews.com. They set a “hold” rating on the stock.

Universal Health Services Stock Performance

UHS opened at $126.32 on Thursday. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a 52-week low of $82.50 and a 52-week high of $158.28. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.22 billion, a PE ratio of 13.00, a PEG ratio of 4.33 and a beta of 1.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a current ratio of 1.27. The business’s 50-day simple moving average is $101.77 and its 200 day simple moving average is $107.94.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHSGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $2.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.40 by $0.14. The firm had revenue of $3.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.28 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 12.49% and a net margin of 5.59%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $2.67 earnings per share. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post 9.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Universal Health Services Announces Dividend

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 1st will be paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.63%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is 8.23%.

Institutional Trading of Universal Health Services

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of UHS. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 11.8% in the first quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 19,003 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $2,821,000 after buying an additional 2,010 shares during the period. Parallel Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 50.6% in the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 244 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $36,000 after purchasing an additional 82 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in shares of Universal Health Services in the first quarter valued at approximately $407,000. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 1.0% in the first quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 9,750 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,413,000 after purchasing an additional 98 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI grew its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 3.3% in the first quarter. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI now owns 8,892 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,289,000 after purchasing an additional 280 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 88.93% of the company’s stock.

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

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