LHC Group (LHCG) Given Daily News Impact Rating of 0.18

Press coverage about LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. LHC Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.7666308882764 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

LHCG has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of LHC Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded LHC Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 target price on shares of LHC Group in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their target price on LHC Group from $70.00 to $81.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Oppenheimer lifted their target price on LHC Group from $68.00 to $80.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $77.10.

Shares of LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) traded down $1.17 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $61.72. The company had a trading volume of 236,170 shares, compared to its average volume of 277,121. LHC Group has a 52-week low of $46.18 and a 52-week high of $76.14. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,130.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.60, a P/E/G ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.71. The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24.

LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The health services provider reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.04. LHC Group had a return on equity of 9.52% and a net margin of 4.09%. The company had revenue of $272.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $265.35 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.54 earnings per share. LHC Group’s revenue for the quarter was up 18.2% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that LHC Group will post 2.4 earnings per share for the current year.

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About LHC Group

LHC Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services.

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