Shares of HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) rose 1.5% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $79.95 and last traded at $79.61, with a volume of 1,697,317 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $78.40.

HCA has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Saturday, March 19th. Credit Suisse Group AG lifted their price target on HCA Holdings from $78.00 to $83.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 31st. Avondale Partners raised their price objective on HCA Holdings from $85.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock a “market outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, April 15th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada restated an “outperform” rating and set a $89.00 price objective (up from $86.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.60.

The firm has a 50-day moving average of $77.94 and a 200-day moving average of $74.45. The firm has a market cap of $31.11 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.99.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $1.71 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.22. The business had revenue of $10.26 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.24 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.36 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that HCA Holdings Inc. will post $6.52 EPS for the current year.

In other news, SVP Alan R. Yuspeh sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.82, for a total value of $1,167,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 37,228 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,897,082.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP John M. Steele sold 40,004 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.56, for a total value of $3,302,730.24. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 28,238 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,331,329.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. GAM Holding AG raised its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 55,252 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,737,000 after buying an additional 1,531 shares in the last quarter. Tekla Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 84.4% in the fourth quarter. Tekla Capital Management LLC now owns 448,488 shares of the company’s stock valued at $30,331,000 after buying an additional 205,300 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 18,613,087 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,258,803,000 after buying an additional 84,850 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. raised its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 210,750 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,252,000 after buying an additional 10,094 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 87.9% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 24,571 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,662,000 after buying an additional 11,493 shares in the last quarter.

HCA Holdings, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a health care services company. The Company owns, manages or operates hospitals, freestanding surgery centers, diagnostic and imaging centers, radiation and oncology therapy centers, rehabilitation and physical therapy centers and various other facilities.

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