BidaskClub Upgrades Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED) to Hold

Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday.

Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Amedisys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, April 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 target price on shares of Amedisys in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Stephens boosted their target price on Amedisys from $50.00 to $54.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. Benchmark Co. restated a “hold” rating and set a $57.00 target price (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Amedisys in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, Mizuho lowered Amedisys from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $50.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. Amedisys currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.50.

Shares of Amedisys (NASDAQ AMED) opened at 48.88 on Friday. Amedisys has a 1-year low of $34.58 and a 1-year high of $65.91. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $56.08 and a 200-day moving average price of $54.19. The company has a market cap of $1.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 41.78 and a beta of 0.89.

Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The health services provider reported $0.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.12. Amedisys had a return on equity of 13.71% and a net margin of 2.70%. The business had revenue of $378.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $380.80 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.42 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Amedisys will post $2.21 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, insider David B. Pearce sold 1,000 shares of Amedisys stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $50,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 10,488 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $524,400. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Bruce D. Perkins purchased 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 25th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $59.69 per share, with a total value of $29,845.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 13,331 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $795,727.39. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of AMED. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Amedisys during the fourth quarter valued at $13,483,000. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in Amedisys by 8,881.4% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 34,848 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,780,000 after buying an additional 34,460 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System increased its stake in Amedisys by 1.8% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 11,400 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $582,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its stake in Amedisys by 2.3% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 3,080 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $157,000 after buying an additional 70 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. increased its stake in Amedisys by 77.7% in the first quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 36,295 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,854,000 after buying an additional 15,875 shares in the last quarter. 99.80% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segments are Home Health, Hospice, Personal Care and Other. The Company is a provider of home health, hospice and personal care services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 327 Medicare-certified home healthcare centers, 79 Medicare-certified hospice care centers and 14 personal-care care centers in 34 states within the United States and the District of Columbia.

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