Shares of Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the ten research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $56.14.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on AMED shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Amedisys from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price target on shares of Amedisys in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Mizuho raised shares of Amedisys from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 price target on shares of Amedisys in a research note on Monday, June 5th. Finally, Stephens upped their price target on shares of Amedisys from $50.00 to $54.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 4th.

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Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) traded up 1.35% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $48.88. 352,034 shares of the stock traded hands. The company’s 50 day moving average is $56.08 and its 200 day moving average is $54.19. Amedisys has a 12 month low of $34.58 and a 12 month high of $65.91. The company has a market cap of $1.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 41.78 and a beta of 0.89.

Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The health services provider reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.12. Amedisys had a net margin of 2.70% and a return on equity of 13.71%. The firm had revenue of $378.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $380.80 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.42 earnings per share. Amedisys’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that Amedisys will post $2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider David B. Pearce sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $50,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 10,488 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $524,400. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Bruce D. Perkins purchased 500 shares of Amedisys stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 25th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $59.69 per share, for a total transaction of $29,845.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 13,331 shares in the company, valued at $795,727.39. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Federated Investors Inc. PA increased its position in Amedisys by 2.3% in the second quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 1,929 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 44 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in Amedisys by 2.3% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 3,080 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $157,000 after buying an additional 70 shares in the last quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System increased its position in Amedisys by 0.5% in the second quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 19,658 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,235,000 after buying an additional 93 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. increased its position in Amedisys by 2.0% in the first quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 5,465 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $279,000 after buying an additional 107 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its position in Amedisys by 1.8% in the first quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 6,370 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $325,000 after buying an additional 110 shares in the last quarter. 99.80% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Amedisys Company Profile

Amedisys, Inc is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segments are Home Health, Hospice, Personal Care and Other. The Company is a provider of home health, hospice and personal care services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 327 Medicare-certified home healthcare centers, 79 Medicare-certified hospice care centers and 14 personal-care care centers in 34 states within the United States and the District of Columbia.

Analyst Recommendations for Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED)

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