Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $149.38.

A number of research firms recently commented on UHS. Credit Suisse Group lifted their target price on shares of Universal Health Services from $150.00 to $170.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 29th. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $151.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Friday, June 7th. Barclays set a $145.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of Universal Health Services from $135.00 to $146.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 31st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered their target price on shares of Universal Health Services to $138.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, April 29th.

Shares of NYSE:UHS traded down $2.70 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $146.27. The stock had a trading volume of 269,337 shares, compared to its average volume of 704,093. Universal Health Services has a one year low of $112.79 and a one year high of $157.79. The firm has a market cap of $13.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.35, a P/E/G ratio of 1.79 and a beta of 1.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 1.17. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $137.92.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $2.76 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.49 by $0.27. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.25% and a return on equity of 16.41%. The business had revenue of $2.86 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.81 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.47 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts forecast that Universal Health Services will post 10.19 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 30th. This is a positive change from Universal Health Services’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.55%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 4.20%.

In other Universal Health Services news, Director Robert H. Hotz sold 7,309 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $148.01, for a total transaction of $1,081,805.09. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 67,715 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,022,497.15. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Marvin G. Pember sold 16,693 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.54, for a total transaction of $2,496,271.22. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 83,379 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,468,495.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 12.60% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of UHS. World Asset Management Inc increased its holdings in Universal Health Services by 1.6% in the 2nd quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 5,922 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $772,000 after acquiring an additional 93 shares in the last quarter. 6 Meridian increased its holdings in Universal Health Services by 2.6% in the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 3,756 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $490,000 after acquiring an additional 96 shares in the last quarter. Avalon Advisors LLC increased its holdings in Universal Health Services by 0.4% in the 1st quarter. Avalon Advisors LLC now owns 28,533 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $3,817,000 after acquiring an additional 113 shares in the last quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC increased its holdings in Universal Health Services by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 8,276 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $1,079,000 after acquiring an additional 117 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Partners LLC increased its holdings in Universal Health Services by 7.3% in the 2nd quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 1,744 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $227,000 after acquiring an additional 119 shares in the last quarter. 86.45% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Universal Health Services Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other segments. Its hospital offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services.

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