Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS – Get Rating) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-three ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $137.71.
A number of research firms have recently issued reports on UHS. UBS Group upgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $113.00 to $167.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 24th. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft lifted their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $145.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. 888 reissued a “maintains” rating on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Monday, May 8th. Mizuho raised their target price on Universal Health Services from $140.00 to $150.00 in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. Finally, Barclays upgraded Universal Health Services from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $132.00 to $142.00 in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th.
Insider Transactions at Universal Health Services
In related news, Director Eileen C. Mcdonnell sold 1,680 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.64, for a total transaction of $226,195.20. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 5,316 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $715,746.24. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. In other Universal Health Services news, CFO Steve Filton sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $139.08, for a total value of $3,477,000.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 93,800 shares in the company, valued at $13,045,704. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Eileen C. Mcdonnell sold 1,680 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.64, for a total transaction of $226,195.20. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,316 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $715,746.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 76,258 shares of company stock worth $10,733,371. 15.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
Institutional Trading of Universal Health Services
Universal Health Services Stock Performance
NYSE:UHS opened at $135.24 on Friday. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $82.50 and a twelve month high of $154.65. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.37, a PEG ratio of 1.75 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a current ratio of 1.37, a quick ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78. The firm’s fifty day simple moving average is $133.36 and its 200 day simple moving average is $135.74.
Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS – Get Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 25th. The health services provider reported $2.34 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.15 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $3.47 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.45 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 12.33% and a net margin of 5.05%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.15 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts expect that Universal Health Services will post 10.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Universal Health Services Dividend Announcement
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 31st. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.59%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 8.50%.
About Universal Health Services
Universal Health Services, Inc operates as a healthcare management company, which through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, and outpatient facilities. It operates through the following segments: Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other.
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