HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on HCA. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $95.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $95.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on HCA Holdings from $88.00 to $85.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Finally, Argus lowered their target price on HCA Holdings from $100.00 to $93.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, August 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $93.56.

Shares of HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) opened at 79.48 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $28.71 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.65 and a beta of 0.62. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $78.33 and a 200-day moving average price of $82.77. HCA Holdings has a 1-year low of $67.00 and a 1-year high of $91.03.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.75 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.80 by ($0.05). The company had revenue of $10.73 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.76 billion. HCA Holdings had a net margin of 6.64% and a negative return on equity of 48.08%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.66 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that HCA Holdings will post $7.18 EPS for the current year.

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In other news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.88, for a total transaction of $171,742.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 12,363 shares in the company, valued at $987,556.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 6,450 shares of company stock valued at $529,309. 2.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of HCA. Ardsley Advisory Partners purchased a new position in shares of HCA Holdings in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $436,000. Paulson & CO. Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of HCA Holdings during the second quarter worth approximately $7,848,000. Achmea Investment Management B.V. raised its stake in shares of HCA Holdings by 36.4% during the second quarter. Achmea Investment Management B.V. now owns 53,365 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,651,000 after purchasing an additional 14,234 shares during the last quarter. Atlantic Trust LLC purchased a new stake in shares of HCA Holdings during the second quarter worth approximately $118,000. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank raised its stake in shares of HCA Holdings by 23.5% during the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 99,913 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,710,000 after purchasing an additional 19,038 shares during the last quarter. 73.77% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

HCA Holdings Company Profile

HCA Healthcare, Inc, formerly HCA Holdings, Inc, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

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