Shares of AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE:AHS) saw unusually-high trading volume on Friday . Approximately 1,547,843 shares were traded 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.

AHS has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Avondale Partners upped their price target on AMN Healthcare Services from $42.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “market outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 17th. Lake Street Capital initiated coverage on AMN Healthcare Services in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. They set a “buy” rating and a $46.00 price target on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of AMN Healthcare Services in a report on Monday, June 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AMN Healthcare Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 13th. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. upped their price target on AMN Healthcare Services from $40.00 to $46.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, May 12th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. AMN Healthcare Services has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $42.60.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $41.24 and its 200-day moving average price is $34.51. The stock has a market cap of $2.03 billion and a P/E ratio of 21.60.

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

In other news, CEO Susan R. Salka sold 20,000 shares of AMN Healthcare Services stock in a transaction on Friday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.00, for a total value of $760,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 358,688 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,630,144. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Susan R. Salka sold 30,000 shares of AMN Healthcare Services stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.00, for a total value of $1,200,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 348,688 shares in the company, valued at $13,947,520. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in AHS. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of AMN Healthcare Services by 38.0% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 2,257,844 shares of the company’s stock worth $70,107,000 after buying an additional 621,404 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of AMN Healthcare Services by 20.8% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 650,993 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,215,000 after buying an additional 112,212 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of AMN Healthcare Services by 18,876.9% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 378,779 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,761,000 after buying an additional 376,783 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of AMN Healthcare Services by 8.1% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 325,176 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,096,000 after buying an additional 24,375 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its position in shares of 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 in the last quarter.

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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