Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Universal Health Services (UHS) Share Price

News headlines about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the health services provider an impact score of 47.8841768174552 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Universal Health Services (UHS) opened at $101.61 on Friday. Universal Health Services has a fifty-two week low of $99.72 and a fifty-two week high of $129.74. The company has a current ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,719.50, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.58, a PEG ratio of 2.31 and a beta of 0.95.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $1.49 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.76 by ($0.27). The firm had revenue of $2.51 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.60 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.13% and a net margin of 6.90%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.60 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Universal Health Services will post 7.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of brokerages have commented on UHS. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Universal Health Services in a report on Thursday. They set an “outperform” rating and a $126.00 target price on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $126.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, October 27th. Citigroup Inc. lowered their target price on Universal Health Services from $126.00 to $114.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, October 27th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $117.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $122.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, October 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Universal Health Services has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $128.33.

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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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