Media stories about HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HCA Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 46.7788650806244 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) opened at $78.68 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.46, a current ratio of 1.68 and a quick ratio of 1.41. HCA Holdings has a 52-week low of $68.02 and a 52-week high of $91.03. The stock has a market cap of $27,856.89, a PE ratio of 11.94, a PEG ratio of 1.16 and a beta of 0.50.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported $1.21 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.21. The firm had revenue of $10.70 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.70 billion. HCA Holdings had a net margin of 6.13% and a negative return on equity of 47.16%. HCA Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 4.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.45 EPS. research analysts anticipate that HCA Holdings will post 6.55 earnings per share for the current year.

HCA Holdings announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Tuesday, October 31st that permits the company to repurchase $2.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price target on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Jefferies Group LLC lowered their price target on shares of HCA Holdings from $90.00 to $88.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. ValuEngine raised shares of HCA Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price target on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of HCA Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 5th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $89.95.

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In related news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of HCA Holdings stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.87, for a total value of $171,720.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 6,450 shares of company stock worth $511,163. 2.90% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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.

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