News stories about LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. LHC Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the health services provider an impact score of 46.6507563770331 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
LHC Group (LHCG) opened at $70.18 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a quick ratio of 1.77 and a current ratio of 1.77. LHC Group has a 52 week low of $41.66 and a 52 week high of $76.14. The company has a market capitalization of $1,280.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.12, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.70.
LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The health services provider reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.60 by $0.04. LHC Group had a return on equity of 9.52% and a net margin of 4.09%. The company had revenue of $272.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $265.35 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.54 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 18.2% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that LHC Group will post 2.4 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several research analysts recently weighed in on the company. William Blair assumed coverage on LHC Group in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. increased their price objective on LHC Group from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $69.00 price objective on shares of LHC Group in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Zacks Investment Research lowered LHC Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Craig Hallum reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective (up from $67.00) on shares of LHC Group in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $76.90.
In other LHC Group news, COO Donald Dwayne Stelly sold 2,650 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.34, for a total transaction of $173,151.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 109,235 shares in the company, valued at $7,137,414.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 14.80% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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About LHC Group
LHC Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services.
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