Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) Stock Position Increased by California State Teachers Retirement System

California State Teachers Retirement System lifted its position in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) by 3.5% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 153,693 shares of the health services provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,150 shares during the quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System’s holdings in Universal Health Services were worth $20,501,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Universal Health Services in the 4th quarter worth $103,554,000. Boston Partners grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 41.5% in the 1st quarter. Boston Partners now owns 1,936,974 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $258,438,000 after acquiring an additional 567,789 shares during the last quarter. PFM Health Sciences LP acquired a new position in shares of Universal Health Services in the 4th quarter worth $60,781,000. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 154.1% in the 1st quarter. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership now owns 505,108 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $67,376,000 after acquiring an additional 306,336 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 14.1% in the 1st quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 1,686,308 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $224,936,000 after acquiring an additional 208,792 shares during the last quarter. 85.24% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In other Universal Health Services news, EVP Matthew Jay Peterson sold 5,122 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.82, for a total value of $767,378.04. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 7,576 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,135,036.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Eileen C. Mcdonnell sold 3,660 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $155.88, for a total value of $570,520.80. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 3,577 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $557,582.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 13,818 shares of company stock valued at $2,109,518 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 13.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft lifted their target price on Universal Health Services from $145.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 19th. Mizuho lifted their price target on Universal Health Services from $151.00 to $168.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 5th. Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage on Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, July 9th. They set a “buy” rating and a $170.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded Universal Health Services from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $160.00 to $165.00 in a report on Thursday, June 10th. Finally, Seaport Res Ptn reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, July 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Universal Health Services presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $147.18.

Shares of NYSE UHS opened at $153.61 on Thursday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $154.76. The company has a quick ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a one year low of $99.47 and a one year high of $162.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.09 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.02, a P/E/G ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 1.20.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its earnings results on Sunday, April 25th. The health services provider reported $2.44 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.27 by $0.17. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 16.37% and a net margin of 8.61%. The firm had revenue of $3.01 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.95 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.73 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post 10.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 17th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 2nd were given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 1st. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.52%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is currently 7.19%.

About Universal Health Services

Universal Health Services, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, and outpatient and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services and Behavioral Health Care Services segments. Its hospitals 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.

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