SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its stake in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS) by 254.0% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 37,693 shares of the health services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 27,045 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC’s holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B were worth $4,201,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 2.0% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,465,466 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $765,575,000 after purchasing an additional 127,106 shares during the last quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 4.5% during the first quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 1,927,332 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $228,215,000 after acquiring an additional 83,298 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 1.2% during the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,227,819 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $145,386,000 after acquiring an additional 14,756 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 3.4% during the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,202,715 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $134,031,000 after acquiring an additional 39,531 shares in the last quarter. Finally, UBS Group AG lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B by 22.5% during the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 1,174,302 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $139,049,000 after acquiring an additional 215,897 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.03% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts have weighed in on UHS shares. BMO Capital Markets lowered Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $130.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Morgan Stanley reduced their target price on Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from $124.00 to $120.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, April 27th. TheStreet upgraded Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group lowered Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $120.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $132.56.

UHS opened at $127.29 on Tuesday. Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B has a 1 year low of $95.26 and a 1 year high of $128.17. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.93, a PEG ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a current ratio of 1.30.

Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B (NYSE:UHS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $2.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ 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 firm had revenue of $2.68 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.72 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.94 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B will post 9.5 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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