AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE:AHS) shares saw strong trading volume on Friday . 1,547,843 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 176% from the previous session’s volume of 561,178 shares.The stock last traded at $42.30 and had previously closed at $43.37.

Several analysts have issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of AMN Healthcare Services in a research note on Monday, June 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded AMN Healthcare Services from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $43.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AMN Healthcare Services in a research report on Sunday, May 8th. SunTrust Banks Inc. increased their price target on AMN Healthcare Services from $40.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 12th. Finally, Avondale Partners increased their price target on AMN Healthcare Services from $42.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “market outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. AMN Healthcare Services presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $42.60.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $41.24 and a 200 day moving average price of $34.51. The company has a market cap of $2.03 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.60.

AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE:AHS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.10. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.30 earnings per share. The business earned $468 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $446.51 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 42.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that AMN Healthcare Services Inc. will post $2.24 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Paul E. Weaver sold 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.42, for a total value of $461,040.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 61,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,373,587.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Ralph Henderson sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.33, for a total value of $786,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 31,772 shares in the company, valued at $1,249,592.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in AMN Healthcare Services by 22.6% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 140,457 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,361,000 after buying an additional 25,863 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in AMN Healthcare Services by 9.5% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 56,879 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,766,000 after buying an additional 4,925 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its stake in AMN Healthcare Services by 3.3% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 122,939 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,817,000 after buying an additional 3,902 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its stake in AMN Healthcare Services by 14.3% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 200,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,210,000 after buying an additional 25,000 shares during the period. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its stake in AMN Healthcare Services by 22.3% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 89,080 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,765,000 after buying an additional 16,260 shares during the period.

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (AMN Healthcare) offers healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities. The Company operates through three segments: Nurse and Allied Healthcare Staffing Segment, Locum Tenens Staffing Segment and Physician Permanent Placement Services Segment.

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