Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the fifteen ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $136.89.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on UHS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Universal Health Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. BidaskClub cut shares of Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Citigroup Inc. reduced their target price on shares of Universal Health Services from $131.00 to $126.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley began coverage on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $124.00 target price for the company.

Shares of Universal Health Services (UHS) opened at 107.59 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $10.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.63 and a beta of 1.06. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $117.07 and a 200-day moving average of $118.95. Universal Health Services has a one year low of $99.72 and a one year high of $129.74.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $1.94 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.06 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $2.61 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.64 billion. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.10% and a return on equity of 15.49%. Universal Health Services’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.94 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Universal Health Services will post $7.72 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.37%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. Universal Health Services’s payout ratio is currently 5.44%.

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A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Universal Health Services by 2,820.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,626,205 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $824,629,000 after buying an additional 6,399,332 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in Universal Health Services by 160.5% in the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,445,313 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $176,443,000 after buying an additional 890,490 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its stake in Universal Health Services by 24.3% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,418,541 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $549,888,000 after buying an additional 863,633 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC purchased a new stake in Universal Health Services during the second quarter valued at about $63,140,000. Finally, Jana Partners LLC boosted its stake in Universal Health Services by 19.3% in the first quarter. Jana Partners LLC now owns 2,449,017 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $304,780,000 after buying an additional 397,047 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.11% of the company’s stock.

About Universal Health Services

Universal Health Services, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s principal business is owning and operating, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities, and behavioral healthcare facilities. The Company’s segments include Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Services and Other.

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