HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) shares saw unusually-high trading volume on Wednesday . Approximately 3,213,408 shares were traded during mid-day 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.

HCA has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, July 5th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, August 10th. Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Barclays PLC reduced their price objective on HCA Holdings from $80.00 to $79.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, June 1st. Finally, Wedbush reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $90.00 price objective (up previously from $88.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. HCA Holdings currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $86.78.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $77.41 and its 200-day moving average is $76.39. The company has a market cap of $28.16 billion and a P/E ratio of 12.89.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.10. The company earned $10.32 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.49 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.37 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that HCA Holdings Inc. will post $6.59 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, SVP Alan R. Yuspeh sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.82, for a total value of $1,167,300.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 37,228 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,897,082.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.20, for a total value of $196,215.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 9,868 shares in the company, valued at $751,941.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Calvert Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of 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 during the last quarter. Stephens Inc. AR increased its position in shares of 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 during the last quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its position in shares of 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 during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of 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 during 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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