Shares of HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) fell 1.8% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $78.07 and last traded at $78.09, with a volume of 1,311,419 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $79.55.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on HCA. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 target price on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Thursday, May 5th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Saturday, March 19th. Avondale Partners reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Sunday, April 17th. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Finally, Wedbush reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $90.00 target price (up from $88.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. HCA Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.60.

The firm has a market capitalization of $30.62 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.76. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $78.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $74.52.

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

In other HCA Holdings news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,575 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.20, for a total transaction of $196,215.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 9,868 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $751,941.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP John M. Steele sold 40,004 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.56, for a total transaction of $3,302,730.24. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 28,238 shares in the company, valued at $2,331,329.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors have bought and sold shares of HCA. Norinchukin Bank The increased its position in HCA Holdings by 8.9% in the fourth quarter. Norinchukin Bank The now owns 51,908 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,511,000 after buying an additional 4,254 shares during the last quarter. RidgeWorth Capital Management LLC increased its position in HCA Holdings by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. RidgeWorth Capital Management LLC now owns 103,717 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,014,000 after buying an additional 371 shares during the last quarter. Tekla Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in HCA Holdings by 84.4% in the fourth quarter. Tekla Capital Management LLC now owns 448,488 shares of the company’s stock worth $30,331,000 after buying an additional 205,300 shares during the period. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. boosted its stake in HCA Holdings by 96.2% in the fourth quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. now owns 22,565 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,526,000 after buying an additional 11,065 shares during the period. Finally, Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in HCA Holdings by 3.0% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 502,875 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,417,000 after buying an additional 14,570 shares during the period.

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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