OxFORD Asset Management LLP boosted its stake in National HealthCare Co. (NYSEAMERICAN:NHC) by 792.1% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 29,429 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 26,130 shares during the period. OxFORD Asset Management LLP owned 0.19% of National HealthCare worth $1,852,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of NHC. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of National HealthCare by 2.5% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 889,216 shares of the company’s stock valued at $62,369,000 after purchasing an additional 21,666 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of National HealthCare by 4.7% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 554,532 shares of the company’s stock valued at $34,697,000 after purchasing an additional 24,685 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its holdings in shares of National HealthCare by 17.5% during the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 422,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $29,634,000 after purchasing an additional 63,074 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in shares of National HealthCare by 6.4% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 283,960 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,913,000 after purchasing an additional 17,106 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp lifted its holdings in shares of National HealthCare by 10.4% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 242,824 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,032,000 after purchasing an additional 22,947 shares during the last quarter.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on NHC shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of National HealthCare from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. ValuEngine lowered shares of National HealthCare from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd.

National HealthCare Co. (NYSEAMERICAN:NHC) traded up $2.66 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $64.13. 115,860 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 26,248. National HealthCare Co. has a 1 year low of $57.73 and a 1 year high of $78.99.

National HealthCare (NYSEAMERICAN:NHC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported $0.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. National HealthCare had a net margin of 4.62% and a return on equity of 6.60%. The firm had revenue of $241.99 million during the quarter.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.48 per share. This represents a $1.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.99%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. National HealthCare’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 43.13%.

In related news, Director James Paul Abernathy sold 800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.00, for a total transaction of $51,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 23,478 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,502,592. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Russell Smith sold 1,499 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.06, for a total transaction of $100,522.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 4,147 shares of company stock valued at $267,740 in the last three months.

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National HealthCare Company Profile

National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) is engaged in the operation of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities and homecare programs. The Company is engaged in the post-acute healthcare industry segment. Its business activities include providing sub-acute and post-acute skilled nursing care, intermediate nursing care, rehabilitative care, memory and Alzheimer’s care, senior living services, and home healthcare services.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for National HealthCare (NYSEAMERICAN:NHC)

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