Media headlines about HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HMS earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 45.3152748365972 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on HMSY. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price objective on shares of HMS in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of HMS from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Canaccord Genuity lowered their price objective on shares of HMS from $22.00 to $17.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Wells Fargo & Company restated an “outperform” rating and set a $20.00 price objective (down previously from $25.50) on shares of HMS in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on shares of HMS in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $20.39.

HMS (HMSY) opened at $16.43 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $1,380.65, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.58, a P/E/G ratio of 2.73 and a beta of 0.87. HMS has a 52-week low of $11.01 and a 52-week high of $20.90.

HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) last issued its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The business services provider reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $125.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $147.62 million. HMS had a return on equity of 7.93% and a net margin of 4.94%. HMS’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.24 EPS. analysts expect that HMS will post 0.55 earnings per share for the current year.

HMS declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Friday, November 3rd that allows the company to repurchase $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

In related news, Chairman William C. Lucia sold 29,894 shares of HMS stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.00, for a total value of $597,880.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 222,745 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,454,900. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 3.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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HMS Company Profile

HMS Holdings Corp. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in the United States healthcare insurance benefit cost containment marketplace. It provides coordination of benefits services to government, and private healthcare payers and sponsors. Its payment integrity services ensure that healthcare claims billed are accurate and appropriate.

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