Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) was the target of a large increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 31st, there was short interest totalling 2,823,900 shares, an increase of 8.6% from the April 30th total of 2,600,500 shares. Approximately 3.5% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 748,600 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.8 days.

UHS has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Robert W. Baird raised their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $140.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 28th. Mizuho set a $150.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 28th. Citigroup raised their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $140.00 to $164.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $147.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Finally, Barclays raised their price target on shares of Universal Health Services from $130.00 to $136.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $143.53.

Shares of UHS opened at $125.31 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $11.21 billion, a PE ratio of 13.15, a P/E/G ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a current ratio of 1.18. Universal Health Services has a 1-year low of $109.37 and a 1-year high of $142.21.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 25th. The health services provider reported $2.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.62 by ($0.17). The company had revenue of $2.80 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.82 billion. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.26% and a return on equity of 16.21%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $2.45 EPS. Research analysts expect that Universal Health Services will post 9.98 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 17th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 3rd were paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.32%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, May 31st. Universal Health Services’s payout ratio is 4.20%.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in UHS. Vanguard Group Inc raised its position in shares of Universal Health Services by 0.3% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 9,103,260 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $1,163,759,000 after purchasing an additional 31,744 shares during the period. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Universal Health Services during the fourth quarter valued at $211,000. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 14.7% during the fourth quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 8,131 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $948,000 after buying an additional 1,041 shares in the last quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 11,078.5% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 3,222,767 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $28,000 after buying an additional 3,193,937 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Mackenzie Financial Corp grew its holdings in shares of Universal Health Services by 43.7% during the fourth quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 67,316 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $7,846,000 after buying an additional 20,456 shares in the last quarter. 86.89% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Universal Health Services Company Profile

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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