Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) hit a new 52-week low during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $99.12 and last traded at $99.25, with a volume of 412134 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $100.74.

UHS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $126.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, October 27th. Leerink Swann raised their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services from $130.00 to $132.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, September 22nd. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and set a $127.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services from $131.00 to $126.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Universal Health Services presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.33.

The company has a market cap of $9,665.94, a P/E ratio of 13.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a quick ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.76 by ($0.27). Universal Health Services had a net margin of 5.72% and a return on equity of 11.71%. The firm had revenue of $2.51 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.60 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.60 earnings per share. Universal Health Services’s revenue was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post 7.36 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 8.2% in the third quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 7,187 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $797,000 after acquiring an additional 544 shares during the period. Trexquant Investment LP boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 125.7% in the third quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 5,867 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $651,000 after acquiring an additional 3,267 shares during the period. Pegasus Partners Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 26.6% in the third quarter. Pegasus Partners Ltd. now owns 42,544 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $4,720,000 after acquiring an additional 8,943 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 3.3% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,863,023 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $204,430,000 after acquiring an additional 59,824 shares during the period. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 2.5% in the third quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 490,273 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $54,386,000 after acquiring an additional 12,090 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 85.33% of the company’s stock.

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Universal Health Services Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s principal business is owning and operating, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities, and behavioral healthcare facilities. The Company’s segments include Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Services and Other.

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