HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) SVP Kathleen M. Whalen sold 977 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.56, for a total transaction of $124,626.12. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 11,484 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,464,899.04. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares of HCA remained flat at $$123.27 during mid-day trading on Thursday. 1,643,064 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,744,099. The business’s 50-day simple moving average is $135.43. HCA Healthcare Inc has a fifty-two week low of $110.31 and a fifty-two week high of $147.42. The firm has a market cap of $42.90 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.62, a P/E/G ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 0.85.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 30th. The company reported $2.21 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.49 by ($0.28). HCA Healthcare had a negative return on equity of 135.90% and a net margin of 7.46%. The business had revenue of $12.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $12.61 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.29 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.3% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that HCA Healthcare Inc will post 10.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 30th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.30%. HCA Healthcare’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 16.38%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Doyle Wealth Management acquired a new stake in HCA Healthcare during the second quarter worth approximately $34,000. Westside Investment Management Inc. acquired a new stake in HCA Healthcare during the second quarter worth approximately $34,000. NEXT Financial Group Inc acquired a new stake in HCA Healthcare during the second quarter worth approximately $43,000. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. acquired a new stake in HCA Healthcare during the first quarter worth approximately $47,000. Finally, Valeo Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in HCA Healthcare during the first quarter worth approximately $66,000. 70.23% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank increased their price target on shares of HCA Healthcare from $160.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 1st. Barclays cut their price target on shares of HCA Healthcare from $155.00 to $145.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, April 17th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of HCA Healthcare from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $130.00 target price for the company. in a report on Monday, May 27th. Jefferies Financial Group set a $158.00 target price on shares of HCA Healthcare and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, UBS Group increased their target price on shares of HCA Healthcare from $172.00 to $181.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the company. HCA Healthcare currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $153.35.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. The company operates general, acute care hospitals that offer medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic, and emergency services; and outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and physical therapy services.

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