News articles about HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE:HLS) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news 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. HealthSouth Corporation earned a daily sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.6109194644736 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE HLS) opened at $48.63 on Wednesday. HealthSouth Corporation has a 1-year low of $38.24 and a 1-year high of $49.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.89, a current ratio of 1.34 and a quick ratio of 1.34. The firm has a market cap of $4,787.74, a P/E ratio of 17.45, a P/E/G ratio of 1.79 and a beta of 0.52.

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE:HLS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $0.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.01. HealthSouth Corporation had a net margin of 6.69% and a return on equity of 22.81%. The firm had revenue of $995.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $985.75 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.65 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that HealthSouth Corporation will post 2.72 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.06%. HealthSouth Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 36.36%.

HLS has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of HealthSouth Corporation in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. restated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of HealthSouth Corporation in a report on Monday, October 9th. upgraded shares of HealthSouth Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, October 30th. upgraded shares of HealthSouth Corporation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of HealthSouth Corporation in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.75.

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In other HealthSouth Corporation news, Director Yvonne M. Curl purchased 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was acquired at an average price of $45.95 per share, for a total transaction of $45,950.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 64,144 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,947,416.80. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.

About HealthSouth Corporation

HealthSouth Corporation (HealthSouth) is a provider of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 35 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. The Company manages its operations through segments, including inpatient rehabilitation, and home health and hospice.

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