Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) had its price target upped by stock analysts at Barclays PLC from $70.00 to $75.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. The brokerage presently has an “overweight” rating on the medical technology company’s stock. Barclays PLC’s price objective points to a potential upside of 4.75% from the company’s previous close.

Several other brokerages have also recently weighed in on HRC. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hill-Rom Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, April 3rd. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of Hill-Rom Holdings in a research note on Monday, January 23rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $70.00 price objective for the company. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $69.17.

Analyst Recommendations for Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC)

Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC) traded up 0.79% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $71.60. 316,181 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.68 billion, a PE ratio of 33.35 and a beta of 1.20. Hill-Rom Holdings has a 12-month low of $46.79 and a 12-month high of $71.83. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $69.25 and its 200-day moving average is $61.08.

Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE:HRC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 27th. The medical technology company reported $0.75 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.75. Hill-Rom Holdings had a net margin of 5.44% and a return on equity of 19.12%. The business earned $637.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $654.12 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.68 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Hill-Rom Holdings will post $3.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 24th were given a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 22nd. This is a boost from Hill-Rom Holdings’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.01%. Hill-Rom Holdings’s payout ratio is presently 31.78%.

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In other news, CEO John J. Greisch sold 207,987 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.86, for a total value of $13,698,023.82. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 301,565 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,861,070.90. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Paul Sherwood Johnson sold 1,403 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.95, for a total transaction of $85,512.85. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 2,078 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $126,654.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 224,390 shares of company stock valued at $14,823,637 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of HRC. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 2.8% in the third quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 35,530 shares of the medical technology company’s stock valued at $2,202,000 after buying an additional 984 shares during the last quarter. Americafirst Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings during the third quarter valued at approximately $1,799,000. US Bancorp DE boosted its position in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 0.6% in the third quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 4,612 shares of the medical technology company’s stock valued at $285,000 after buying an additional 28 shares during the last quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its position in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 98.2% in the third quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 107,813 shares of the medical technology company’s stock valued at $6,681,000 after buying an additional 53,425 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its position in shares of Hill-Rom Holdings by 3.3% in the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 719,371 shares of the medical technology company’s stock valued at $44,588,000 after buying an additional 22,930 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 83.53% of the company’s stock.

Hill-Rom Holdings Company Profile

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc is a global medical technology company. The Company operates through four segments: North America Patient Support Systems, International Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care and Surgical Solutions. The Company’s products and services include Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care and Surgical Solutions.

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