KBC Group NV lessened its holdings in shares of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) by 7.5% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 239,747 shares of the company’s stock after selling 19,520 shares during the period. KBC Group NV’s holdings in HCA Healthcare were worth $21,060,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of HCA. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD boosted its position in shares of HCA Healthcare by 22.6% during the 3rd quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 11,135,155 shares of the company’s stock valued at $886,247,000 after acquiring an additional 2,053,701 shares during the last quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. boosted its position in shares of HCA Healthcare by 141.4% during the 3rd quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 3,423,381 shares of the company’s stock valued at $272,467,000 after acquiring an additional 2,005,193 shares during the last quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. boosted its position in shares of HCA Healthcare by 1,500.3% during the 3rd quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. now owns 1,579,382 shares of the company’s stock valued at $125,703,000 after acquiring an additional 1,480,690 shares during the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. boosted its position in shares of HCA Healthcare by 49.5% during the 3rd quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 2,558,216 shares of the company’s stock valued at $203,608,000 after acquiring an additional 847,377 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Brandes Investment Partners LP boosted its position in shares of HCA Healthcare by 441.7% during the 3rd quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP now owns 686,968 shares of the company’s stock valued at $66,810,000 after acquiring an additional 560,144 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.49% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on HCA. Argus set a $97.00 price objective on HCA Healthcare and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and set a $101.00 price objective on shares of HCA Healthcare in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $116.00 price objective (up from $105.00) on shares of HCA Healthcare in a report on Thursday, February 1st. KeyCorp reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $90.00 price objective (down from $95.00) on shares of HCA Healthcare in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut HCA Healthcare from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eighteen have issued a buy rating to the company. HCA Healthcare has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $103.65.

In other news, insider Charles J. Hall sold 35,949 shares of HCA Healthcare stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $103.09, for a total value of $3,705,982.41. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 111,237 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,467,422.33. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Victor L. Campbell sold 8,000 shares of HCA Healthcare stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.82, for a total value of $606,560.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 127,275 shares in the company, valued at $9,649,990.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 284,469 shares of company stock worth $28,208,384 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 2.90% of the company’s stock.

HCA Healthcare Inc (HCA) opened at $97.84 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.58, a current ratio of 1.62 and a quick ratio of 1.36. The company has a market capitalization of $34,253.00, a P/E ratio of 14.35, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 0.48. HCA Healthcare Inc has a 12 month low of $71.18 and a 12 month high of $106.84.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The company reported $2.12 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.87 by $0.25. The business had revenue of $11.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $11.19 billion. HCA Healthcare had a negative return on equity of 49.49% and a net margin of 4.89%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.80 EPS. equities analysts predict that HCA Healthcare Inc will post 8.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be paid a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.43%.

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HCA Healthcare Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc, formerly HCA Holdings, Inc, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

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