Rational Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) by 138.4% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 1,514 shares of the health services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 879 shares during the quarter. Rational Advisors LLC’s holdings in Universal Health Services were worth $194,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in UHS. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd grew its stake in Universal Health Services by 58.1% during the 2nd quarter. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd now owns 1,175 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $131,000 after purchasing an additional 432 shares in the last quarter. Levin Capital Strategies L.P. grew its stake in Universal Health Services by 4.4% during the 3rd quarter. Levin Capital Strategies L.P. now owns 10,409 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,331,000 after purchasing an additional 443 shares in the last quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC grew its stake in Universal Health Services by 7.0% during the 2nd quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC now owns 6,944 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $774,000 after purchasing an additional 455 shares in the last quarter. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group grew its stake in Universal Health Services by 116.6% during the 2nd quarter. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group now owns 1,068 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $119,000 after purchasing an additional 575 shares in the last quarter. Finally, CENTRAL TRUST Co grew its stake in Universal Health Services by 35.6% during the 3rd quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,230 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $285,000 after purchasing an additional 585 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 89.98% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on UHS. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on Universal Health Services from $122.00 to $134.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $139.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, August 6th. Barclays lowered their price objective on Universal Health Services from $135.00 to $130.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, October 29th. Bank of America upgraded Universal Health Services from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $128.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Tuesday, September 18th. Finally, Citigroup lowered their price objective on Universal Health Services from $145.00 to $140.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, October 29th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $137.47.

NYSE:UHS opened at $130.10 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.09. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a 52 week low of $96.23 and a 52 week high of $135.03. The company has a market cap of $12.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.28, a PEG ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 0.80.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $2.23 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.01 by $0.22. The company had revenue of $2.65 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.68 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 16.33% and a net margin of 7.89%. On average, research analysts forecast that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post 9.47 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 17th. Investors of record on Monday, December 3rd will be issued a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.31%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 30th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 5.31%.

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Universal Health Services Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Care Services, and Other segments. Its hospital offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services.

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