Zacks Investment Research Lowers Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) to Sell

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Wednesday, August 30th.

According to Zacks, “Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is one of the largest providers of long-term healthcare services in the United States. Their health services division provides long-term care services by operating nursing centers and a rehabilitation therapy business, and their hospital division provides long-term acute care services by operating hospitals and an institutional pharmacy business. “

Other equities analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. UBS AG restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $10.50 target price (up from $8.00) on shares of Kindred Healthcare in a report on Friday, May 5th. BidaskClub cut Kindred Healthcare from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Mizuho restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $9.00 target price on shares of Kindred Healthcare in a report on Monday, July 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $10.00 target price on shares of Kindred Healthcare in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG decreased their target price on Kindred Healthcare from $13.00 to $10.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Kindred Healthcare presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.94.

Shares of Kindred Healthcare (KND) traded up 0.69% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $7.25. 2,594,932 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company’s market cap is $630.89 million. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $7.78 and a 200-day moving average of $9.28. Kindred Healthcare has a one year low of $5.65 and a one year high of $11.90.

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE:KND) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The health services provider reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $1.53 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.59 billion. Kindred Healthcare had a positive return on equity of 3.49% and a negative net margin of 16.31%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.38 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Kindred Healthcare will post $0.47 EPS for the current year.

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Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in KND. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in shares of Kindred Healthcare by 41,968.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,779,191 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $90,006,000 after buying an additional 10,753,568 shares during the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP lifted its position in shares of Kindred Healthcare by 40.9% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 7,945,247 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $66,342,000 after buying an additional 2,307,814 shares during the last quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. lifted its position in shares of Kindred Healthcare by 303.1% in the first quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. now owns 1,734,899 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $14,486,000 after buying an additional 1,304,499 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its position in shares of Kindred Healthcare by 149.4% in the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 2,104,618 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $24,518,000 after buying an additional 1,260,753 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Kindred Healthcare by 102.3% in the second quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 1,753,787 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $20,431,000 after buying an additional 886,906 shares during the last quarter. 88.72% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Kindred Healthcare Company Profile

Kindred Healthcare, Inc, incorporated on March 27, 1998, is a healthcare services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates transitional care (TC) hospitals, a home health, hospice and community care business, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (IRFs), a contract rehabilitation services business, nursing centers and assisted living facilities across the United States.

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