News headlines about HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HCA Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 47.5046007413992 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Several research firms have weighed in on HCA. BidaskClub lowered HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Bank of America Corporation lowered HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their target price for the company from $102.00 to $92.00 in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $88.00 price target (down from $90.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. lowered their price target on HCA Holdings from $89.00 to $87.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. HCA Holdings has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $93.50.

Shares of HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) opened at 77.92 on Thursday. HCA Holdings has a 52-week low of $67.00 and a 52-week high of $91.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $29.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.45 and a beta of 0.67. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $84.43 and its 200-day moving average price is $84.38.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.75 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.80 by $0.05. HCA Holdings had a net margin of 6.64% and a negative return on equity of 48.08%. The company had revenue of $10.73 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.76 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.66 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that HCA Holdings will post $7.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Jonathan B. Perlin sold 71,063 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $86.00, for a total value of $6,111,418.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.52, for a total transaction of $181,718.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 12,254 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,035,708.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 138,117 shares of company stock worth $11,654,477. 2.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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HCA Holdings Company Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc, formerly HCA Holdings, Inc, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA)

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