News coverage about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) has trended positive this week, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a daily sentiment score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the health services provider an impact score of 46.0244539548254 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of brokerages recently commented on UHS. Wells Fargo & Co began coverage on Universal Health Services in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $144.00 price target for the company. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $126.00 price target on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Universal Health Services in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $126.00 price target for the company. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies downgraded Universal Health Services from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $147.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $131.20.

Universal Health Services (UHS) traded down $0.30 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $116.41. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 411,997 shares, compared to its average volume of 815,611. The company has a quick ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. Universal Health Services has a twelve month low of $95.26 and a twelve month high of $129.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,000.00, a P/E ratio of 16.01, a P/E/G ratio of 2.27 and a beta of 0.88.

Universal Health Services announced that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Wednesday, November 15th that permits the company to repurchase $400.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the health services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio is currently 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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