Encompass Health Corp (EHC) Given $57.20 Average Price Target by Analysts

Encompass Health Corp (NYSE:EHC) has been given a consensus broker rating score of 1.90 (Buy) from the ten analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and five have issued a strong buy rating on the company. Encompass Health’s rating score has improved by 0.5% in the last 90 days as a result of a number of analysts’ ratings changes.

Brokerages have set a 12 month consensus price target of $57.20 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.81 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Encompass Health an industry rank of 79 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

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A number of equities analysts recently commented on EHC shares. Bank of America raised Encompass Health from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. ValuEngine raised Encompass Health from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Encompass Health in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Craig Hallum reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target (up from $54.00) on shares of Encompass Health in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Encompass Health in a report on Thursday, March 1st.

Encompass Health (NYSE EHC) traded down $0.01 on Tuesday, hitting $58.03. The stock had a trading volume of 316,770 shares, compared to its average volume of 590,712. Encompass Health has a 1 year low of $40.86 and a 1 year high of $59.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79, a current ratio of 1.36 and a quick ratio of 1.36. The stock has a market cap of $5,702.87, a PE ratio of 20.98, a P/E/G ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 0.48.

Encompass Health (NYSE:EHC) last announced its earnings results on Monday, February 26th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.04. Encompass Health had a return on equity of 20.59% and a net margin of 6.45%. The firm had revenue of $1.02 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1 billion. research analysts expect that Encompass Health will post 3.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 29th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.72%. Encompass Health’s payout ratio is 37.31%.

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Encompass Health Company Profile

Encompass Health Corporation, formerly HealthSouth Corporation, is a provider of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 35 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies.

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