Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) Stake Lessened by Sentry Investment Management LLC

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Sentry Investment Management LLC decreased its position in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) by 8.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,022 shares of the health services provider’s stock after selling 446 shares during the period. Sentry Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Universal Health Services were worth $672,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. purchased a new stake in Universal Health Services in the 1st quarter valued at $49,000. Bessemer Group Inc. increased its position in Universal Health Services by 40.0% during the 4th quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 364 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $43,000 after purchasing an additional 104 shares in the last quarter. Doyle Wealth Management acquired a new stake in Universal Health Services during the 4th quarter worth approximately $58,000. Quadrant Capital Group LLC increased its position in Universal Health Services by 191.1% during the 1st quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 553 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $71,000 after purchasing an additional 363 shares in the last quarter. Finally, MERIAN GLOBAL INVESTORS UK Ltd acquired a new stake in Universal Health Services during the 4th quarter worth approximately $93,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.69% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:UHS opened at $123.09 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 1.09. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a 52-week low of $109.37 and a 52-week high of $142.21. The company has a market capitalization of $11.10 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.92, a PEG ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 1.06.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 25th. The health services provider reported $2.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.62 by ($0.17). Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.26% and a return on equity of 16.21%. The firm had revenue of $2.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.82 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.45 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post 9.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 17th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 3rd will be given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, May 31st. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 4.20%.

UHS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Robert W. Baird increased their target price on shares of Universal Health Services from $140.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 21st. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on shares of Universal Health Services from $147.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st. BMO Capital Markets increased their target price on shares of Universal Health Services to $146.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 5th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Universal Health Services from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $147.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, March 4th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $144.20.

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Universal Health Services Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other segments. Its hospital offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services.

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