Shares of AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE:AHS) shot up 2.8% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $35.92 and last traded at $35.80, with a volume of 759,601 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $34.84.

Several brokerages have commented on AHS. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating on shares of AMN Healthcare Services in a research note on Sunday, May 8th. Lake Street Capital began coverage on shares of AMN Healthcare Services in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. They set a “buy” rating and a $46.00 target price for the company. SunTrust Banks Inc. lifted their target price on shares of AMN Healthcare Services from $40.00 to $46.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, May 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AMN Healthcare Services from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $43.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, May 9th. Finally, Avondale Partners lifted their target price on shares of AMN Healthcare Services from $42.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “market outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 17th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $43.40.

The company has a market capitalization of $1.71 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.45. The company has a 50 day moving average of $40.63 and a 200 day moving average of $35.56.

AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE:AHS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.08. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.38 earnings per share. The company earned $473.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $455.14 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 35.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that AMN Healthcare Services Inc. will post $2.32 earnings per share for the current year.

In other AMN Healthcare Services news, CEO Susan R. Salka sold 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred 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 transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 348,688 shares in the company, valued at $13,947,520. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Ralph Henderson sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.33, for a total transaction of $786,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 31,772 shares in the company, valued at $1,249,592.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in AHS. US Bancorp DE raised its position in shares of AMN Healthcare Services by 28.9% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 34,698 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,078,000 after buying an additional 7,772 shares in the last quarter. Redwood Investments LLC increased its stake in AMN Healthcare Services by 92.1% in the fourth quarter. Redwood Investments LLC now owns 92,044 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,858,000 after buying an additional 44,132 shares during the last quarter. Finally, 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 valued at $3,817,000 after buying an additional 3,902 shares during 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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