An issue of HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) bonds rose 0.8% against their face value during trading on Wednesday. The high-yield debt issue has a 4.75% coupon and is set to mature on May 1, 2023. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $101.05 and were trading at $103.63 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on HCA. Zacks Investment Research raised HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Evercore ISI began coverage on HCA Holdings in a research report on Thursday, September 22nd. They issued a “hold” rating and a $89.00 price target on the stock. Avondale Partners cut HCA Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 9th. Wolfe Research began coverage on HCA Holdings in a research report on Tuesday, October 25th. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut HCA Holdings from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $85.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.30.

HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) traded down 0.62% on Wednesday, hitting $73.54. 2,723,214 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. HCA Holdings Inc. has a one year low of $60.07 and a one year high of $83.69. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $76.82 and a 200-day moving average of $77.23. The stock has a market cap of $27.55 billion, a PE ratio of 11.64 and a beta of 0.79.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 27th. The company reported $1.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.42 by $0.19. HCA Holdings had a net margin of 6.10% and a negative return on equity of 43.65%. The firm earned $10.27 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.41 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.17 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that HCA Holdings Inc. will post $6.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, SVP Christopher F. Wyatt sold 3,152 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.00, for a total transaction of $249,008.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 7,558 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $597,082. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider A Bruce Moore, Jr. sold 167,967 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.65, for a total transaction of $12,370,769.55. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 207,682 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,295,779.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 3.10% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Sunnymeath Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 1.0% in the third quarter. Sunnymeath Asset Management Inc. now owns 10,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $567,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Crow Point Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of HCA Holdings during the third quarter valued at about $242,000. Canyon Capital Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 61.8% in the third quarter. Canyon Capital Advisors LLC now owns 647,771 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,991,000 after buying an additional 247,311 shares during the period. Credit Suisse AG boosted its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 2.8% in the third quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 602,709 shares of the company’s stock valued at $45,581,000 after buying an additional 16,502 shares during the period. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. boosted its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 18.6% in the third quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 7,062 shares of the company’s stock valued at $534,000 after buying an additional 1,109 shares during the period. 71.43% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

HCA Holdings Company Profile

HCA Holdings, Inc is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. The Company operates approximately 168 hospitals, consisting of 164 general, acute care hospitals; three psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, the Company operates approximately 116 freestanding surgery centers.

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