HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group lowered their FY2017 earnings per share estimates for HCA Holdings in a report released on Wednesday. Jefferies Group analyst B. Tanquilut now anticipates that the company will earn $6.49 per share for the year, down from their prior estimate of $7.05. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating and a $90.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for HCA Holdings’ Q4 2017 earnings at $1.80 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $7.46 EPS.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.80 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $10.73 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.76 billion. HCA Holdings had a negative return on equity of 48.08% and a net margin of 6.64%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.66 earnings per share.

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A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, July 14th. BidaskClub lowered shares of HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Argus initiated coverage on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $100.00 price objective on the stock. Bank of America Corporation lowered shares of HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $102.00 to $92.00 in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $88.00 price objective (down from $90.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. HCA Holdings currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $91.25.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) opened at 81.05 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $77.65 and its 200-day moving average price is $81.88. The firm has a market capitalization of $29.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.86 and a beta of 0.62. HCA Holdings has a 12 month low of $67.00 and a 12 month high of $91.03.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 0.4% in the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 3,174 shares of the company’s stock valued at $277,000 after purchasing an additional 14 shares during the period. Advisor Partners LLC increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 0.3% in the second quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 4,732 shares of the company’s stock valued at $413,000 after purchasing an additional 14 shares during the period. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 0.6% in the second quarter. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,232 shares of the company’s stock valued at $369,000 after purchasing an additional 25 shares during the period. Argent Capital Management LLC increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 1.2% in the second quarter. Argent Capital Management LLC now owns 4,370 shares of the company’s stock valued at $381,000 after purchasing an additional 50 shares during the period. Finally, Wedbush Securities Inc. increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 1.5% in the second quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 6,028 shares of the company’s stock valued at $526,000 after purchasing an additional 88 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 73.76% of the company’s stock.

In other HCA Holdings news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of HCA Holdings stock in a transaction on Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.87, for a total value of $171,720.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 6,450 shares of company stock worth $511,163. 2.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

HCA Holdings Company Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc, formerly HCA Holdings, Inc, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

Earnings History and Estimates for HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA)

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