Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Friday morning.

According to Zacks, “LHC Group provides post-acute healthcare services primarily to Medicare beneficiaries in rural markets in the southern United States. They provide home-based services through their home nursing agencies and hospices and facility-based services through their long-term acute care hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. “

LHCG has been the subject of several other research reports. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. raised their price objective on LHC Group from $68.00 to $80.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a buy rating and set a $69.00 price objective on shares of LHC Group in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Jefferies Group LLC raised their price objective on LHC Group from $68.00 to $83.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reissued a buy rating and set a $75.00 price objective on shares of LHC Group in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub lowered LHC Group from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. LHC Group currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $76.40.

LHC Group (NASDAQ LHCG) opened at $67.81 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24. The company has a market capitalization of $1,240.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.70. LHC Group has a 52-week low of $41.66 and a 52-week high of $76.14.

LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The health services provider reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $272.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $265.35 million. LHC Group had a return on equity of 9.52% and a net margin of 4.09%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 18.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.54 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that LHC Group will post 2.4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, COO Donald Dwayne Stelly sold 2,650 shares of LHC Group stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.34, for a total value of $173,151.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 109,235 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,137,414.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 14.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LHCG. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. bought a new stake in LHC Group in the 1st quarter worth about $248,000. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its holdings in LHC Group by 3.6% in the 1st quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 113,707 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $6,129,000 after buying an additional 3,983 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc increased its holdings in LHC Group by 1.2% in the 1st quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 25,087 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $1,353,000 after buying an additional 290 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans increased its holdings in LHC Group by 4.1% in the 1st quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 8,380 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $452,000 after buying an additional 330 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in LHC Group by 3.9% in the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,432,008 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $77,185,000 after buying an additional 54,279 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 87.29% of the company’s stock.

LHC Group Company Profile

LHC Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services.

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