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

Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHSGet Rating) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seventeen research firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $120.43.

Several research firms recently weighed in on UHS. UBS Group boosted their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services to $113.00 in a research report on Wednesday. Cowen dropped their target price on shares of Universal Health Services to $119.00 in a research report on Tuesday, August 9th. Stephens upped their target price on shares of Universal Health Services to $110.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 27th. SVB Leerink upped their target price on shares of Universal Health Services from $98.00 to $114.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 27th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group dropped their target price on shares of Universal Health Services to $129.00 in a research report on Tuesday, September 6th.

Universal Health Services Stock Performance

UHS stock opened at $128.67 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 1.15. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $102.78 and a 200 day moving average price of $108.11. Universal Health Services has a fifty-two week low of $82.50 and a fifty-two week high of $158.28. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.39 billion, a PE ratio of 13.24, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.38 and a beta of 1.29.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHSGet Rating) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $2.54 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.40 by $0.14. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 5.59% and a return on equity of 12.49%. The firm had revenue of $3.34 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.28 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $2.67 EPS. Universal Health Services’s revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Universal Health Services will post 9.84 EPS for the current year.

Universal Health Services Dividend Announcement

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 1st will be issued a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.62%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 30th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 8.23%.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On Universal Health Services

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Captrust Financial Advisors grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 9.4% in the 3rd quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 4,262 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $376,000 after buying an additional 365 shares during the period. Kentucky Retirement Systems boosted its stake in Universal Health Services by 3.3% in the 3rd quarter. Kentucky Retirement Systems now owns 5,144 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $454,000 after purchasing an additional 162 shares during the period. Alpha Paradigm Partners LLC acquired a new position in Universal Health Services in the 3rd quarter worth $448,000. Balyasny Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Universal Health Services in the 3rd quarter worth $765,000. Finally, Verity Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in Universal Health Services in the 3rd quarter worth $234,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.93% of the company’s stock.

Universal Health Services Company Profile

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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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