Universal Health Services (UHS) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

News coverage about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the health services provider an impact score of 46.1916631627173 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of research firms recently issued reports on UHS. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $147.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Monday, April 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada decreased their price objective on Universal Health Services from $157.00 to $153.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Morgan Stanley began coverage on Universal Health Services in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $124.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub lowered Universal Health Services from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $136.90.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) opened at 105.37 on Friday. Universal Health Services has a 52 week low of $99.72 and a 52 week high of $129.74. The company has a market capitalization of $10.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.33 and a beta of 1.06. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $117.29 and a 200-day moving average price of $118.98.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $1.94 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.06 by $0.12. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.10% and a return on equity of 15.49%. The business had revenue of $2.61 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.94 earnings per share. Universal Health Services’s revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services will post $7.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 1st will be given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.38%. Universal Health Services’s payout ratio is 5.44%.

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Universal Health Services Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s principal business is owning and operating, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities, and behavioral healthcare facilities. The Company’s segments include Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Services and Other.

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