HCA Holdings (HCA) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Finds

Press coverage about HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HCA Holdings earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.3997615660856 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

HCA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Mizuho reissued a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of HCA Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. HCA Holdings currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $93.19.

Shares of HCA Holdings (HCA) opened at 74.22 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $26.81 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.95 and a beta of 0.62. HCA Holdings has a 12-month low of $67.00 and a 12-month high of $91.03. The company’s 50-day moving average is $77.84 and its 200-day moving average is $82.40.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.75 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.80 by ($0.05). HCA Holdings had a negative return on equity of 48.08% and a net margin of 6.64%. The firm had revenue of $10.73 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.76 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.66 earnings per share. HCA Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that HCA Holdings will post $7.15 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.88, for a total value of $171,742.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 12,363 shares in the company, valued at $987,556.44. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Insiders sold 6,450 shares of company stock valued at $529,309 over the last 90 days. 2.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About HCA Holdings

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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