Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eighteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $133.43.

Several brokerages have weighed in on UHS. ValuEngine raised Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $139.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, August 6th. Barclays began coverage on Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B in a report on Tuesday, August 14th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $135.00 price objective for the company. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from $120.00 to $122.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, July 27th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $130.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, August 1st.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 58.1% in the second quarter. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd now owns 1,175 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 432 shares in the last quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 7.0% in the second quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC now owns 6,944 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $774,000 after buying an additional 455 shares in the last quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 40.6% in the second quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 1,645 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $183,000 after buying an additional 475 shares in the last quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 14.3% in the first quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. now owns 4,457 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $528,000 after buying an additional 558 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 25.2% in the first quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 2,855 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $337,000 after buying an additional 575 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.03% of the company’s stock.

NYSE UHS traded up $0.39 on Wednesday, hitting $128.10. 396,761 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 764,841. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B has a 12 month low of $95.26 and a 12 month high of $129.32. The firm has a market cap of $12.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.22 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a current ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72.

Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $2.47 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.39 by $0.08. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B had a return on equity of 15.74% and a net margin of 7.68%. The business had revenue of $2.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.72 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.94 earnings per share. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B’s revenue was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B will post 9.5 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 17th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 4th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 31st. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.31%. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B’s dividend payout ratio is currently 5.31%.

About Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B

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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