South Dakota Investment Council grew its holdings in Hill-Rom Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRC) by 43.9% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 19,000 shares of the medical technology company’s stock after buying an additional 5,800 shares during the period. South Dakota Investment Council’s holdings in Hill-Rom Holdings were worth $1,513,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other large investors have also modified their holdings of the business. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its stake in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 298.4% in the 2nd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 284,850 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $22,677,000 after buying an additional 213,351 shares in the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in the 2nd quarter worth $343,000. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS grew its stake in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 8,734 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $695,000 after buying an additional 46 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank grew its stake in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 109,400 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $8,709,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Chicago Equity Partners LLC grew its stake in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 56.6% in the 2nd quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC now owns 36,720 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $2,923,000 after buying an additional 13,275 shares in the last quarter. 82.31% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Hill-Rom Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, May 26th. BidaskClub cut shares of Hill-Rom Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $86.00 price objective for the company. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $84.00 price objective on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in a research note on Sunday, July 30th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC assumed coverage on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $95.00 price objective for the company. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $88.17.

Hill-Rom Holdings Inc (HRC) opened at 77.59 on Wednesday. Hill-Rom Holdings Inc has a 1-year low of $50.50 and a 1-year high of $84.65. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.11 billion, a PE ratio of 45.22 and a beta of 1.21. The company’s 50 day moving average is $75.95 and its 200-day moving average is $74.94.

Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 28th. The medical technology company reported $0.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.01. Hill-Rom Holdings had a net margin of 4.27% and a return on equity of 19.99%. The firm had revenue of $689.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $695.50 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.81 earnings per share. Hill-Rom Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Hill-Rom Holdings Inc will post $3.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.93%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. Hill-Rom Holdings’s dividend payout ratio is currently 41.62%.

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About Hill-Rom Holdings

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc is a global medical technology company. The Company operates through four segments: North America Patient Support Systems, International Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care and Surgical Solutions. The Company’s products and services include Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care and Surgical Solutions.

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