Shares of HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-five analysts that are covering the firm. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $86.37.
Several brokerages have recently weighed in on HCA. Evercore ISI began coverage on HCA Holdings in a report on Thursday, September 22nd. They issued a “hold” rating and a $89.00 price objective for the company. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Tuesday, September 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 2nd. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $87.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. cut their price objective on HCA Holdings from $86.00 to $85.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 29th.
Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Acrospire Investment Management LLC bought a new position in shares of HCA Holdings during the first quarter worth approximately $109,000. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. acquired a new stake in shares of HCA Holdings during the first quarter valued at $148,000. Invictus RG increased its stake in shares of HCA Holdings by 21.9% in the first quarter. Invictus RG now owns 2,156 shares of the company’s stock valued at $168,000 after buying an additional 388 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of HCA Holdings during the second quarter valued at $224,000. Finally, Bremer Trust National Association acquired a new stake in shares of HCA Holdings during the second quarter valued at $239,000. 72.83% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Shares of HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) opened at 75.63 on Thursday. HCA Holdings has a 12-month low of $60.07 and a 12-month high of $83.69. The stock has a market cap of $28.64 billion, a PE ratio of 13.11 and a beta of 0.82. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $75.63 and a 200 day moving average price of $77.61.
HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.10. The business earned $10.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.49 billion. HCA Holdings had a negative return on equity of 42.19% and a net margin of 5.75%. The company’s revenue was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.37 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that HCA Holdings will post $6.59 EPS for the current fiscal year.
About HCA Holdings
HCA Holdings, Inc is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. The Company operates approximately 168 hospitals, consisting of 164 general, acute care hospitals; three psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, the Company operates approximately 116 freestanding surgery centers.
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