Capital Investment Advisory Services LLC bought a new position in shares of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm bought 600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $75,000.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in HCA. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of HCA Healthcare in the fourth quarter valued at about $2,244,000. Financial Gravity Companies Inc. bought a new stake in shares of HCA Healthcare in the fourth quarter valued at about $357,000. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. raised its holdings in shares of HCA Healthcare by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. now owns 96,954 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,065,000 after acquiring an additional 4,023 shares in the last quarter. Securian Asset Management Inc raised its holdings in shares of HCA Healthcare by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Securian Asset Management Inc now owns 27,840 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,465,000 after acquiring an additional 326 shares in the last quarter. Finally, IndexIQ Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of HCA Healthcare by 57.0% in the fourth quarter. IndexIQ Advisors LLC now owns 72,176 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,982,000 after acquiring an additional 26,193 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.85% of the company’s stock.

In other news, SVP Deborah M. Reiner sold 466 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $139.07, for a total transaction of $64,806.62. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 5,037 shares in the company, valued at $700,495.59. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Victor L. Campbell sold 28,084 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.97, for a total value of $3,902,833.48. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 231,493 shares in the company, valued at approximately $32,170,582.21. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 40,976 shares of company stock worth $5,703,133 in the last 90 days. Insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded HCA Healthcare from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 14th. Oppenheimer lifted their price objective on HCA Healthcare from $142.00 to $150.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. SunTrust Banks lifted their price objective on HCA Healthcare to $175.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. Leerink Swann lifted their price objective on HCA Healthcare from $160.00 to $175.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. Finally, UBS Group began coverage on HCA Healthcare in a research note on Thursday, November 15th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $162.00 target price on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the company. HCA Healthcare presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $148.43.

HCA opened at $140.89 on Thursday. HCA Healthcare Inc has a 1 year low of $93.03 and a 1 year high of $147.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $48.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.42, a P/E/G ratio of 1.16 and a beta of 0.80.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 29th. The company reported $2.99 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.59 by $0.40. HCA Healthcare had a negative return on equity of 91.25% and a net margin of 8.11%. The company had revenue of $12.27 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $12.10 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $2.12 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.2% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities research analysts expect that HCA Healthcare Inc will post 10.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.40 per share. This is a positive change from HCA Healthcare’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 28th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.14%. HCA Healthcare’s payout ratio is presently 14.33%.

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HCA Healthcare Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. The company operates general, acute care hospitals that offer medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic, and emergency services; and outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and physical therapy services.

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