News stories about Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal Health Services earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the health services provider an impact score of 45.7232014261414 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

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Universal Health Services (UHS) opened at $123.89 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a current ratio of 0.97. Universal Health Services has a 1-year low of $95.26 and a 1-year high of $128.49. The stock has a market cap of $11,904.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.86, a PEG ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 0.92.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 28th. The health services provider reported $2.00 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.16. The company had revenue of $2.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. Universal Health Services had a net margin of 7.23% and a return on equity of 15.06%. Universal Health Services’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.80 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Universal Health Services will post 9.56 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.32%. Universal Health Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 5.12%.

Universal Health Services announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Wednesday, November 15th that permits the company to buyback $400.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the health services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Several analysts have issued reports on UHS shares. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $134.00 target price on shares of Universal Health Services in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on Universal Health Services in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $137.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Universal Health Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Mizuho set a $137.00 price target on Universal Health Services and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Citigroup upgraded Universal Health Services from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $133.40.

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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.

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