Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Saturday.

According to Zacks, “Universal Health’s shares have underperformed the industry in last three months .The company is  exposed to integration risks owing to several acquisitions. Further, its highly leveraged balance sheet is a major headwind. Based upon the operating trends and financial results during the first nine months of 2017, the company has lowered its 2017 earnings guidance. However, its inorganic growth impresses. Consistent growth in its revenue base on the back of solid Acute Care and Behavioral Health platforms also remains a positive.”

Several other brokerages also recently commented on UHS. Piper Jaffray Companies downgraded shares of Universal Health Services from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $147.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Wednesday. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Wednesday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $137.00 target price for the company. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $135.00 target price (up previously from $125.00) on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Citigroup raised shares of Universal Health Services from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Universal Health Services has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $130.50.

Shares of Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) opened at $111.97 on Friday. Universal Health Services has a 12 month low of $95.26 and a 12 month high of $129.74. The company has a quick ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The company has a market cap of $10,704.79, a P/E ratio of 15.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 0.97.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The health services provider reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.76 by ($0.27). Universal Health Services had a net margin of 6.90% and a return on equity of 15.13%. The firm had revenue of $2.51 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.60 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.60 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Universal Health Services will post 7.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Universal Health Services declared that its board has authorized a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, November 15th that authorizes the company to repurchase $400.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the health services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 18,950.9% during the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,260,197 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $275,926,000 after purchasing an additional 2,248,333 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 160.5% during the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,445,313 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $176,443,000 after purchasing an additional 890,490 shares during the last quarter. Orbimed Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Universal Health Services during the third quarter worth $74,219,000. Jana Partners LLC boosted its holdings in Universal Health Services by 39.1% during the third quarter. Jana Partners LLC now owns 1,891,986 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $209,897,000 after purchasing an additional 531,358 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC acquired a new position in Universal Health Services during the second quarter worth $63,140,000. Institutional investors own 86.07% of the company’s stock.

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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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