Sentry Investment Management LLC grew its holdings in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 6,848 shares of the health services provider’s stock after buying an additional 72 shares during the quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Universal Health Services were worth $836,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 2.2% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 8,969,365 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $1,094,982,000 after buying an additional 191,666 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,656,148 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $812,583,000 after buying an additional 29,943 shares during the period. Maverick Capital Ltd. lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 9.6% in the 2nd quarter. Maverick Capital Ltd. now owns 5,426,487 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $662,466,000 after buying an additional 473,763 shares during the period. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 4.6% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,623,099 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $564,387,000 after buying an additional 204,558 shares during the period. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 18,950.9% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,260,197 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $275,926,000 after buying an additional 2,248,333 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.92% of the company’s stock.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) opened at 112.85 on Friday. Universal Health Services, Inc. has a 52-week low of $99.72 and a 52-week high of $129.74. The company has a market cap of $10.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.34 and a beta of 1.03. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $109.55 and its 200-day moving average price is $115.03.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last posted its 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). The company had revenue of $2.61 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. Universal Health Services had a return on equity of 15.49% and a net margin of 7.10%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.94 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Universal Health Services, Inc. will post $7.67 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several equities research analysts have weighed in on UHS shares. BidaskClub upgraded Universal Health Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, June 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Citigroup Inc. dropped their price objective on Universal Health Services from $131.00 to $126.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 price objective on shares of Universal Health Services in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Universal Health Services from $120.00 to $114.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $132.64.

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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