Shares of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the twenty-three research firms that are presently covering the company. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eighteen have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $89.69.
Several equities analysts have commented on HCA shares. Mizuho upgraded shares of HCA Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, March 27th. Avondale Partners upgraded shares of HCA Holdings from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $96.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, January 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 4th. Evercore ISI increased their price objective on shares of HCA Holdings to $88.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies started coverage on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, January 4th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $81.00 price objective for the company.
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Shares of HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) traded down 0.54% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $87.72. 1,045,528 shares of the stock were exchanged. HCA Holdings has a 12 month low of $67.00 and a 12 month high of $91.03. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $86.92 and a 200-day moving average of $79.56. The stock has a market cap of $32.47 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.02 and a beta of 0.71.
HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.89 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.78 by $0.11. HCA Holdings had a net margin of 6.84% and a negative return on equity of 44.79%. The business earned $10.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.67 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.69 earnings per share. HCA Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that HCA Holdings will post $7.35 EPS for the current year.
In related news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.00, for a total value of $172,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 9,736 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $778,880. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Ravi S. Chari sold 31,956 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total transaction of $2,876,040.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,754 shares in the company, valued at approximately $697,860. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 273,544 shares of company stock worth $22,920,173 in the last ninety days. 3.10% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of HCA. Capstone Asset Management Co. increased its position in HCA Holdings by 1.1% in the first quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 7,083 shares of the company’s stock valued at $630,000 after buying an additional 80 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. increased its position in HCA Holdings by 26.2% in the first quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 3,451 shares of the company’s stock valued at $307,000 after buying an additional 716 shares in the last quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co increased its position in HCA Holdings by 11.9% in the first quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,820 shares of the company’s stock valued at $251,000 after buying an additional 300 shares in the last quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. increased its position in HCA Holdings by 1.9% in the first quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 249,388 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,193,000 after buying an additional 4,680 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Kentucky Retirement Systems Insurance Trust Fund bought a new position in HCA Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $700,000. 72.27% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
HCA Holdings Company Profile
HCA Holdings, Inc is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.
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