Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) Stock Price

News articles about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the health services provider an impact score of 46.7616169648865 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Several analysts have issued reports on UHS shares. Credit Suisse Group AG decreased their price objective on Universal Health Services from $126.00 to $125.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $126.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, October 27th. Citigroup Inc. cut their target price on Universal Health Services from $126.00 to $114.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and issued a $117.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $122.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $127.79.

Universal Health Services (NYSE UHS) traded up $0.05 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $97.76. 1,763,500 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 776,566. The company has a market capitalization of $9,346.45, a PE ratio of 13.06, a PEG ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $95.59 and a twelve month high of $129.74.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.76 by ($0.27). The business 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%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.60 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Universal Health Services will post 7.36 earnings per share for the current year.

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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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