LifePoint Hospitals Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) saw unusually-high trading volume on Thursday . Approximately 655,817 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 98% from the previous session’s volume of 331,036 shares.The stock last traded at $63.66 and had previously closed at $64.83.

LPNT has been the topic of several research reports. Mizuho raised their price objective on LifePoint Hospitals from $59.40 to $61.50 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Leerink Swann reissued a “hold” rating on shares of LifePoint Hospitals in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Barclays PLC cut their price objective on LifePoint Hospitals from $74.00 to $70.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating on shares of LifePoint Hospitals in a research report on Monday, May 16th. Finally, Sterne Agee CRT reissued a “buy” rating on shares of LifePoint Hospitals in a research report on Monday, May 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. LifePoint Hospitals has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $75.78.

The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $65.73 and a 200 day moving average price of $66.91. The firm has a market cap of $2.57 billion and a PE ratio of 16.42.

LifePoint Hospitals (NASDAQ:LPNT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 29th. The company reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $1.59 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.61 billion. The company’s revenue was up 25.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.00 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that LifePoint Hospitals Inc. will post $3.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director John E. D. D S. Maupin, Jr. sold 3,800 shares of LifePoint Hospitals stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.32, for a total value of $255,816.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 22,813 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,535,771.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Several large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in LifePoint Hospitals by 9.7% in the fourth quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,251,210 shares of the company’s stock valued at $91,839,000 after buying an additional 111,037 shares during the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC raised its position in LifePoint Hospitals by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 1,116,054 shares of the company’s stock worth $81,918,000 after buying an additional 27,657 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in LifePoint Hospitals by 125.9% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 316,002 shares of the company’s stock worth $23,195,000 after buying an additional 176,122 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in LifePoint Hospitals by 32.0% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 231,007 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,957,000 after buying an additional 56,020 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its position in LifePoint Hospitals by 900.0% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 100,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,340,000 after buying an additional 90,000 shares in the last quarter.

LifePoint Health, Inc, formerly LifePoint Hospitals, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities. The Company operates through healthcare services segment. The Company operates over 70 hospital campuses in over 20 states, having a total of over 8,240 licensed beds.

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