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

Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHSGet Rating) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $120.43.

Several analysts recently commented on the company. Stephens raised their target price on Universal Health Services to $110.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 27th. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft lowered their target price on Universal Health Services from $160.00 to $130.00 in a research report on Wednesday, July 27th. UBS Group raised their target price on Universal Health Services to $113.00 in a research report on Wednesday. Mizuho raised their target price on Universal Health Services from $121.00 to $126.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 2nd. Finally, StockNews.com cut Universal Health Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 4th.

Universal Health Services Stock Up 1.9 %

Shares of Universal Health Services stock opened at $128.67 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79. The business’s 50 day simple moving average is $102.78 and its 200-day simple moving average is $108.11. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.39 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.24, a PEG ratio of 4.38 and a beta of 1.29. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $82.50 and a twelve month high of $158.28.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHSGet Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $2.54 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.40 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $3.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations 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 quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.67 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Universal Health Services will post 9.84 earnings per share for the current year.

Universal Health Services Announces Dividend

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 given a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 30th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 8.23%.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On Universal Health Services

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Captrust Financial Advisors boosted its stake in shares of Universal Health Services by 9.4% during the 3rd quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 4,262 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $376,000 after acquiring an additional 365 shares in the last quarter. Kentucky Retirement Systems boosted its stake in shares of Universal Health Services by 3.3% during the 3rd quarter. Kentucky Retirement Systems now owns 5,144 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $454,000 after acquiring an additional 162 shares in the last quarter. Alpha Paradigm Partners LLC bought a new stake in shares of Universal Health Services during the 3rd quarter worth $448,000. Balyasny Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Universal Health Services during the 3rd quarter worth $765,000. Finally, Verity Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Universal Health Services during the 3rd quarter worth $234,000. 88.93% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Universal Health Services

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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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