HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) insider Meredith W. Bjorck sold 2,362 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.10, for a total value of $71,096.20. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 51,755 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,557,825.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Shares of HMSY stock traded up $0.26 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $30.26. 307,426 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 623,052. The company has a quick ratio of 4.40, a current ratio of 4.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34. HMS Holdings Corp has a 52-week low of $17.11 and a 52-week high of $38.15. The firm has a market cap of $2.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 36.02, a PEG ratio of 2.85 and a beta of 1.61.

HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 22nd. The business services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.03. HMS had a net margin of 9.19% and a return on equity of 14.21%. The business had revenue of $155.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $155.84 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.24 EPS. HMS’s revenue was up 4.9% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts expect that HMS Holdings Corp will post 0.97 EPS for the current year.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on HMSY shares. BidaskClub cut HMS from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded HMS from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 16th. Finally, William Blair restated an “outperform” rating on shares of HMS in a research report on Thursday, March 14th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. HMS presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $33.50.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund bought a new stake in shares of HMS during the 4th quarter worth $32,000. We Are One Seven LLC bought a new stake in HMS in the fourth quarter worth $84,000. LS Investment Advisors LLC lifted its stake in HMS by 80.0% in the fourth quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 5,016 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $141,000 after purchasing an additional 2,230 shares during the last quarter. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in HMS in the third quarter worth $146,000. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its stake in HMS by 11.3% in the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 5,826 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $164,000 after purchasing an additional 592 shares during the last quarter. 95.44% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About HMS

HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides cost containment solutions in the United States healthcare marketplace. It provides coordination of benefits services to government and commercial healthcare payers and sponsors to coordinate benefits for claims; and payment integrity services that ensure healthcare claims billed are accurate and appropriate, as well as offers care management and consumer engagement solutions.

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