Media coverage about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) has trended positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public 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 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the health services provider an impact score of 45.8669335844372 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- How a Giant Psychiatric Hospital Company Tried To Spin Us — And Silence Its Staff – BuzzFeed News (buzzfeed.com)
- Lookout Technical Indicators on Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) – Wall Street Morning (wallstreetmorning.com)
- Universal Health Grows Inorganically, Rising Costs a Drag – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- Universal Health Services buying 3 Mississippi behavioral health facilities – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
- ETFs with exposure to Universal Health Services, Inc. : December 26, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of equities analysts have issued reports on UHS shares. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $126.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Leerink Swann upped their price target on Universal Health Services from $130.00 to $132.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Citigroup dropped their price target on Universal Health Services from $126.00 to $114.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 27th. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and set a $127.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on Universal Health Services from $126.00 to $125.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $127.08.
Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.76 by ($0.27). The company had revenue of $2.51 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.60 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.13% and a net margin of 6.90%. Universal Health Services’s quarterly revenue was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.60 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Universal Health Services will post 7.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Universal Health Services declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback program on Wednesday, November 15th that authorizes the company to buyback $400.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the health services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.35%. Universal Health Services’s payout ratio is currently 5.50%.
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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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