Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) Stock Price

Media headlines about HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HMS earned a news sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 47.3024567353834 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on HMSY shares. Citigroup assumed coverage on HMS in a report on Thursday, January 4th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. BidaskClub raised HMS from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut HMS from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Canaccord Genuity lifted their target price on HMS from $17.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $17.00 price target on shares of HMS in a report on Friday, February 23rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. HMS presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.81.

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HMS stock traded down $0.40 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $16.44. 568,889 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 569,222. HMS has a 52-week low of $11.01 and a 52-week high of $20.90. The company has a quick ratio of 3.16, a current ratio of 3.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. The stock has a market cap of $1,395.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.37, a PEG ratio of 2.36 and a beta of 0.84.

HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 23rd. The business services provider reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by ($0.07). The firm had revenue of $148.49 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $136.77 million. HMS had a return on equity of 7.33% and a net margin of 7.56%. HMS’s revenue for the quarter was up 18.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that HMS will post 0.65 earnings per share for the current year.

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HMS Company Profile

HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides cost containment solutions in the United States healthcare marketplace. It provides coordination of benefits services to government and commercial healthcare payers and sponsors to coordinate benefits for claims; and payment integrity services that ensure healthcare claims billed are accurate and appropriate, as well as offers care management and consumer engagement solutions.

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