Research Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes for Universal Health Services (UHS)

Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) in the last few weeks:

  • 10/16/2017 – Universal Health Services is now covered by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They set an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/11/2017 – Universal Health Services is now covered by analysts at Stephens. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $120.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/3/2017 – Universal Health Services had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a $147.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/26/2017 – Universal Health Services was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Universal Health’s shares have underperformed the industry in last one year. The company is exposed to integration risks owing to several acquisitions. Further, its highly leveraged balance sheet is a major headwind. It is also expected to witness margin contraction at both acute care and behavioral hospitals. Universal Health has also lowered its 2017 EPS guidance following the lackluster second-quarter 2017 results. The company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 and 2018 earnings being revised downward in the last 60 days.”
  • 9/22/2017 – Universal Health Services had its price target raised by analysts at Leerink Swann from $130.00 to $132.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/7/2017 – Universal Health Services had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $127.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/29/2017 – Universal Health Services had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a $147.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/21/2017 – Universal Health Services was downgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE UHS) traded up 2.35% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $108.08. The stock had a trading volume of 1,113,991 shares. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $109.38 and its 200-day moving average is $115.46. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a 1-year low of $99.72 and a 1-year high of $129.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $10.34 billion, a PE ratio of 14.69 and a beta of 1.03.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $1.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.06 by ($0.12). Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.49% and a net margin of 7.10%. The company had revenue of $2.61 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.64 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.94 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post $7.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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