HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) saw strong trading volume on Wednesday . 3,213,408 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 13% from the previous session’s volume of 2,836,945 shares.The stock last traded at $73.98 and had previously closed at $76.11.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Thursday, May 5th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Wedbush reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $90.00 target price (up previously from $88.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 target price on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Thursday, May 5th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $86.78.

The stock has a market cap of $28.03 billion and a PE ratio of 12.83. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $77.48 and a 200 day moving average of $76.40.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.10. The firm earned $10.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.49 billion. The company’s revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.37 EPS. Analysts forecast that HCA Holdings Inc. will post $6.59 EPS for the current year.

In related news, SVP Joseph N. Steakley sold 16,327 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.07, for a total value of $1,258,321.89. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 27,496 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,119,116.72. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, 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 transaction of $196,215.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 9,868 shares in the company, valued at approximately $751,941.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the company. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in HCA Holdings by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,027,505 shares of the company’s stock valued at $69,491,000 after buying an additional 33,743 shares in the last quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its position in HCA Holdings by 308.4% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 162,983 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,023,000 after buying an additional 123,078 shares in the last quarter. Stephens Inc. AR increased its position in HCA Holdings by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 39,022 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,639,000 after buying an additional 1,757 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Calvert Investment Management Inc. increased its position in HCA Holdings by 21.8% in the fourth quarter. Calvert Investment Management Inc. now owns 19,470 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,317,000 after buying an additional 3,487 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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