Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund raised its stake in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) by 15.2% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 21,572 shares of the health services provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,839 shares during the period. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund’s holdings in Universal Health Services were worth $2,634,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 2,820.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,626,205 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $824,629,000 after buying an additional 6,399,332 shares during the period. FMR LLC raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 24.3% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,418,541 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $549,888,000 after buying an additional 863,633 shares during the period. Jana Partners LLC raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 19.3% in the first quarter. Jana Partners LLC now owns 2,449,017 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $304,780,000 after buying an additional 397,047 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 3.0% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 8,777,699 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $1,092,385,000 after buying an additional 255,063 shares during the period. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in Universal Health Services by 1,325.6% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 222,833 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $27,732,000 after buying an additional 207,202 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.26% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) opened at 109.10 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $111.94 and a 200-day moving average price of $118.32. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a 52 week low of $99.72 and a 52 week high of $129.74. The firm has a market capitalization of $10.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.83 and a beta of 1.07.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The health services provider reported $1.94 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.06 by $0.12. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.10% and a return on equity of 15.49%. The business had revenue of $2.61 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.94 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post $7.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.37%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is 5.44%.

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Several analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Universal Health Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. BidaskClub raised Universal Health Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Universal Health Services in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $124.00 price objective on the stock. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price objective on Universal Health Services from $131.00 to $126.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $134.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Friday, July 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $135.30.

About Universal Health Services

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS)

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