Traders purchased shares of HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) on weakness during trading on Wednesday. $73.36 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $51.85 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $21.51 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, HCA Holdings had the 13th highest net in-flow for the day. HCA Holdings traded down ($1.68) for the day and closed at $77.98

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Avondale Partners boosted their price objective on HCA Holdings from $85.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock a “market outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, April 15th. Zacks Investment Research lowered HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eighteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. HCA Holdings presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.79.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $78.37 and its 200 day moving average price is $75.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $30.49 billion and a PE ratio of 14.70.

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

In other HCA Holdings news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,575 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.20, for a total value 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 filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Joseph N. Steakley sold 60,004 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.82, for a total value of $4,849,523.28. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 37,492 shares in the company, valued at $3,030,103.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL raised its position in HCA Holdings by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL now owns 27,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,880,000 after buying an additional 575 shares during the period. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. raised its position in HCA Holdings by 96.2% in the fourth quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. now owns 22,565 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,526,000 after buying an additional 11,065 shares during the period. RidgeWorth Capital Management LLC raised 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 period. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK raised its position in HCA Holdings by 11.2% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 169,881 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,226,000 after buying an additional 17,067 shares during the period. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. raised its position in HCA Holdings by 6.1% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 43,993 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,975,000 after buying an additional 2,522 shares during the period.

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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