HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) shares were down 1.8% on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $78.07 and last traded at $78.09, with a volume of 1,311,419 shares. The stock had previously closed at $79.55.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on HCA shares. Longbow Research cut HCA Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $74.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, June 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 31st. Avondale Partners upped their price objective on HCA Holdings from $85.00 to $92.00 and gave the company a “market outperform” rating in a report on Friday, April 15th. Barclays PLC decreased their price objective on HCA Holdings from $80.00 to $79.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, June 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG upped their price objective on HCA Holdings from $78.00 to $83.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, March 24th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $87.60.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $78.06 and its 200 day moving average price is $74.59. The company has a market cap of $30.78 billion and a P/E ratio of 14.83.

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

In other news, major shareholder Henry R. Kravis sold 9,360,958 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.12, for a total value of $749,999,954.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Alan R. Yuspeh sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.82, for a total transaction of $1,167,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 37,228 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,897,082.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds recently modified their holdings of the company. P.A.W. Capital Corp raised its stake in shares of HCA Holdings by 33.3% in the fourth quarter. P.A.W. Capital Corp now owns 20,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,353,000 after buying an additional 5,000 shares in the last quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. raised its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its stake 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 worth $1,662,000 after buying an additional 11,493 shares in the last quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL raised its stake in shares of HCA Holdings by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL now owns 27,800 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,880,000 after buying an additional 575 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advantus Capital Management Inc raised its stake in shares of HCA Holdings by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 30,215 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,043,000 after buying an additional 198 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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