Press coverage about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) has been trending positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.1020882487165 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of brokerages have weighed in on UHS. Zacks Investment Research raised Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $134.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Mizuho set a $137.00 price target on Universal Health Services and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. BMO Capital Markets started coverage on Universal Health Services in a research note on Monday, October 16th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $117.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Friday, October 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $131.20.
Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) traded down $0.38 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $115.23. 113,613 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 839,435. 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 cap of $10,980.00, a PE ratio of 15.90, a P/E/G ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 0.88. Universal Health Services has a one year low of $95.26 and a one year high of $129.74.
Universal Health Services declared that its board has authorized a share repurchase plan on Wednesday, November 15th that permits the company to repurchase $400.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the health services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. 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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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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