Brokerages expect that Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) will report sales of $2.63 billion for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Five analysts have provided estimates for Universal Health Services’ earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $2.64 billion and the lowest estimate coming in at $2.60 billion. Universal Health Services reported sales of $2.48 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 6%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, February 27th.

On average, analysts expect that Universal Health Services will report full year sales of $2.63 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $10.37 billion to $10.41 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post sales of $10.90 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $10.82 billion to $10.97 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover Universal Health Services.

A number of research firms have weighed in on UHS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $117.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, October 27th. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on Universal Health Services in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $137.00 target price on the stock. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Universal Health Services in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $126.00 target price on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets began coverage on Universal Health Services in a report on Monday, October 16th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 target price on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $131.20.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) opened at $119.30 on Friday. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $95.26 and a twelve month high of $129.74. The company has a current ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,511.51, a P/E ratio of 16.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 0.88.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.34%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 5.49%.

Universal Health Services declared that its board has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, November 15th that allows the company to repurchase $400.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the health services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its position in Universal Health Services by 0.6% in the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,274,770 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $252,363,000 after acquiring an additional 14,573 shares in the last quarter. Glenview Capital Management LLC lifted its position in Universal Health Services by 15.1% in the 2nd quarter. Glenview Capital Management LLC now owns 1,973,545 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $240,930,000 after acquiring an additional 259,081 shares in the last quarter. Jana Partners LLC lifted its position in Universal Health Services by 39.1% in the 3rd quarter. Jana Partners LLC now owns 1,891,986 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $209,897,000 after acquiring an additional 531,358 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its position in Universal Health Services by 3.3% in the 3rd 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Wedge Capital Management L L P NC lifted its position in Universal Health Services by 17.7% in the 4th quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 1,844,034 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $209,021,000 after acquiring an additional 277,116 shares in the last quarter. 86.11% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Universal Health Services

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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