Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fifteen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have given a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $140.00.

Several brokerages have recently commented on UHS. Piper Sandler lowered their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services from $141.00 to $113.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 23rd. Bank of America downgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $182.00 to $104.00 in a research note on Monday, March 23rd. ValuEngine raised shares of Universal Health Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. UBS Group lowered their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services from $150.00 to $133.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 30th. Finally, Mizuho lowered their price objective on shares of Universal Health Services from $136.00 to $130.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, May 29th.

NYSE UHS traded up $0.43 during trading on Friday, hitting $93.61. 1,077,688 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 938,405. The stock has a fifty day moving average of $99.88 and a two-hundred day moving average of $116.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 1.09 and a quick ratio of 0.99. Universal Health Services has a 12-month low of $65.20 and a 12-month high of $157.79. The firm has a market cap of $7.95 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.43, a PEG ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 1.05.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, April 27th. The health services provider reported $1.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.59 by ($0.86). The business had revenue of $2.83 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.88 billion. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 6.34% and a return on equity of 14.89%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $2.45 earnings per share. As a group, analysts expect that Universal Health Services will post 6.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC grew its holdings in Universal Health Services by 481.8% in the fourth quarter. Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC now owns 192 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $27,000 after purchasing an additional 159 shares during the period. CWM Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Universal Health Services in the first quarter worth about $37,000. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. grew its holdings in Universal Health Services by 25.1% in the fourth quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 374 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $54,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the period. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc purchased a new stake in Universal Health Services in the fourth quarter worth about $72,000. Finally, Ancora Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Universal Health Services in the fourth quarter worth about $158,000. 84.63% of the stock is owned by 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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