Universal Health Services (UHS) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

News coverage about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.0638694056176 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

UHS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 6th. Citigroup raised Universal Health Services from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Mizuho set a $137.00 target price on Universal Health Services and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on Universal Health Services in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $137.00 target price for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $133.40.

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NYSE UHS traded up $0.33 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $116.71. The stock had a trading volume of 55,816 shares, compared to its average volume of 831,391. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $95.26 and a twelve month high of $128.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a current ratio of 0.97. The company has a market cap of $11,162.27, a P/E ratio of 15.42, a P/E/G ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 0.83.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 28th. The health services provider reported $2.00 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.16. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.06% and a net margin of 7.23%. The firm had revenue of $2.64 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.64 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.80 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Universal Health Services will post 9.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st were paid a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.34%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 28th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is currently 5.31%.

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About Universal Health Services

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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