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

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on HCA shares. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Tuesday, June 28th. Longbow Research lowered HCA Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $74.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, June 1st. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Wednesday, May 4th. Sterne Agee CRT reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Monday, May 16th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price target on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $87.60.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $78.01 and its 200-day moving average price is $74.52. The company has a market capitalization of $30.78 billion and a PE ratio of 14.84.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $1.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.22. The business earned $10.26 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.24 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.36 earnings per share. Analysts predict that HCA Holdings Inc will post $6.52 EPS for the current year.

In other news, CMO Jonathan B. Perlin sold 30,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.00, for a total value of $2,460,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 15,632 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,281,824. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP P. Martin Paslick sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.46, for a total value of $1,430,280.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 44,892 shares in the company, valued at $3,567,118.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 177.2% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 705,346 shares of the company’s stock worth $47,702,000 after buying an additional 450,907 shares in the last quarter. Tekla Capital Management LLC increased 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 worth $30,331,000 after buying an additional 205,300 shares in the last quarter. Todd Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of HCA Holdings during the fourth quarter worth about $12,366,000. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 308.4% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 162,983 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,023,000 after buying an additional 123,078 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased 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 worth $1,258,803,000 after buying an additional 84,850 shares in the last quarter.

HCA Holdings, Inc is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. The Company operates approximately 168 hospitals, consisting of 164 general, acute care hospitals; three psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, the Company operates approximately 116 freestanding surgery centers.

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