GSA Capital Partners LLP Has $681,000 Position in Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS)

GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) by 154.0% during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 6,135 shares of the health services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,720 shares during the quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP’s holdings in Universal Health Services were worth $681,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 8,969,365 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $1,094,982,000 after buying an additional 191,666 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 0.5% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,656,148 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $812,583,000 after acquiring an additional 29,943 shares during the last quarter. Maverick Capital Ltd. raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 9.6% during the 2nd quarter. Maverick Capital Ltd. now owns 5,426,487 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $662,466,000 after acquiring an additional 473,763 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,623,099 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $564,387,000 after acquiring an additional 204,558 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 0.6% during the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,274,770 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $252,363,000 after acquiring an additional 14,573 shares during the last quarter. 86.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) opened at $116.65 on Friday. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $95.26 and a fifty-two week high of $129.74. The company has a market cap of $10,907.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.02, a PEG ratio of 2.43 and a beta of 0.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a current ratio of 1.26.

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

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.34%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 5.49%.

Universal Health Services announced that its board has approved a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, November 15th that allows the company to buyback $400.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the health services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $117.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $137.00 price target on the stock. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $126.00 price target on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Monday, October 16th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 target price on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $130.50.

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Universal Health Services 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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS)

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