Wall Street Analysts Chiming In on Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) Giving it a 212

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 2. This number is based on the 10 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 212.   

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Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $158.33 within the year.  The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. 

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Most recently Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) posted quarterly earnings of $1.99 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 2.26. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $9.57. Shares have moved $-5.44 over the past month and more recently, $-5 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 7 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

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Buy Ratings
5 analysts rate Universal Health Services, Inc. a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 50% of all the analyst ratings.

Earnings
Research analysts are predicting that Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) will report earnings of $2.62 per share when the firm issues their next quarterly report. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) closed the last session at $138.75 and sees an average of 658369.81 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $113.42 while the current level stands at 57.31% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved -6.15% over the past 12 weeks and 17.93% year to date.

As we move deeper into earnings season, investors may be trying to figure out how to best position the portfolio for the rest of the calendar year. Maybe things haven’t gone as well as planned in the first half of the year, and a few tweaks need to be made to bolster profits in the second half. Closely watching the earnings reports may be a good way to see what companies are getting things right, and what companies have some work to do. Many investors will take notice if a company posts a much larger earnings beat or miss than expected. Not only will the stock most likely become a bit more volatile, but overall interest may be heightened as investors try to piece together the puzzle and figure out why there was such a discrepancy between estimates and actuals. Once the dust settles and the picture becomes a little clearer, investors may be able to properly rotate in or out of a certain name or sector. Finding stocks that look good on paper but have fallen out of favor with certain investors may be a good place to start doing some further number crunching. Locating those overlooked sectors with growth potential might be a good way to uncover those stocks that are ready to make a run.  

This article is informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell the stock.

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