Press coverage about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 45.7890588312322 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $117.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on Universal Health Services in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $137.00 price target on the stock. Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on Universal Health Services in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $126.00 price target on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on Universal Health Services in a research report on Monday, October 16th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 price target on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $131.20.

Shares of Universal Health Services (NYSE UHS) opened at $115.28 on Friday. Universal Health Services has a 52-week low of $95.26 and a 52-week high of $129.74. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,980.00, a PE ratio of 15.86, a PEG ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a current ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80.

Universal Health Services declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Wednesday, November 15th that allows the company to buyback $400.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the health services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. Universal Health Services’s payout ratio is 5.50%.

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Universal Health Services Company Profile

Universal Health Services, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s principal business is owning and operating, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities, and behavioral healthcare facilities. The Company’s segments include Acute Care Hospital Services, Behavioral Health Services and Other.

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