Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (UHS) Shares Bought by Sciencast Management LP

Sciencast Management LP grew its holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS) by 413.9% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 14,419 shares of the health services provider’s stock after buying an additional 11,613 shares during the period. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B accounts for about 0.9% of Sciencast Management LP’s holdings, making the stock its 6th biggest holding. Sciencast Management LP’s holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B were worth $1,742,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 16,590 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,880,000 after buying an additional 516 shares during the last quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 14.3% in the first quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. now owns 4,457 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $528,000 after purchasing an additional 558 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 25.2% in the first quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 2,855 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $337,000 after purchasing an additional 575 shares during the period. Dean Investment Associates LLC grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 9.6% in the first quarter. Dean Investment Associates LLC now owns 7,345 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $870,000 after purchasing an additional 643 shares during the period. Finally, Neuberger Berman Group LLC grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 1.5% in the first quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 52,174 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $6,178,000 after purchasing an additional 763 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.19% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B opened at $115.61 on Thursday, Marketbeat.com reports. The company has a quick ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 1.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72. The stock has a market cap of $11.02 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.35, a P/E/G ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 0.83. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B has a 1-year low of $95.26 and a 1-year high of $128.15.

Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th. The health services provider reported $2.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.59 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $2.69 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.75 billion. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B had a return on equity of 15.24% and a net margin of 7.34%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.10 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B will post 9.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 31st. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 5.31%.

UHS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $140.00 price objective (up previously from $122.00) on shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Morgan Stanley dropped their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from $124.00 to $120.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 27th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $140.00 price objective (up previously from $135.00) on shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B in a report on Monday, March 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BMO Capital Markets reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $130.00 price objective (up previously from $125.00) on shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B in a report on Friday, March 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $133.13.

Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other segments. Its hospital offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS)

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