Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the fifteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $136.89.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada cut their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $157.00 to $153.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, April 27th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $134.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, July 28th. Citigroup Inc. cut their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $131.00 to $126.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley assumed coverage on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Tuesday, June 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $124.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 4th.

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Universal Health Services (NYSE UHS) opened at 107.59 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $10.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.63 and a beta of 1.06. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $117.07 and a 200-day moving average price of $118.95. Universal Health Services has a 52 week low of $99.72 and a 52 week high of $129.74.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $1.94 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.06 by $0.12. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.10% and a return on equity of 15.49%. The firm had revenue of $2.61 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.94 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services will post $7.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be issued a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.37%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is currently 5.44%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of UHS. Creative Planning boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 1.5% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 1,125 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 17 shares in the last quarter. Grove Bank & Trust boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 262.4% in the second quarter. Grove Bank & Trust now owns 1,196 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $146,000 after buying an additional 866 shares in the last quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. acquired a new position in shares of Universal Health Services during the second quarter valued at $150,000. Seven Bridges Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Universal Health Services during the second quarter valued at $158,000. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 1.3% in the second quarter. Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. now owns 1,644 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $201,000 after buying an additional 21 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.11% of the company’s stock.

Universal Health Services Company Profile

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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