The trading price of HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:HCA) closed higher on Tuesday, July 20, closing at $248.90, 14.37% higher than its previous close.
Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it fluctuated between $237.68 and $252.00. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 18.61, while its 5Y monthly beta was 1.65. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $221.71 and a 52-week low of $103.17. Over the past month, the stock has gained 23.61% in value.
HCA Healthcare Inc., whose market valuation is $84.28 billion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Jul 20, 2021 – Jul 26, 2021. The dividend yield on the company stock is 0.77%, while its Forward Dividend ratio is 1.92. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $3.16 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $14.08 for 2021 and $15.23 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 21.30% this year and 8.20% next year.
Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $13.63 billion for the current quarter, with the likely lows of $12.85 billion and highs of $13.97 billion. The average estimate suggests sales will likely up by 35.10% this quarter compared to what was recorded in the comparable quarter last year. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2021 is $55.26 billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by 7.20% over what it did in 2021.
A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of HCA Healthcare Inc. No upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest HCA has a 100% Buy on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 100% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 100% Buy.
Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned HCA a recommendation rating is 25. Out of them, 7 rate it a Hold, while 17 recommend Buy, whereas 1 assign an Overweight rating. 0 analyst(s) have tagged HCA Healthcare Inc. (HCA) as Underweight, while 0 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Overweight, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.
If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 1.42, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that HCA’s price is currently 16.79% off the SMA20 and 18.07% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 80.46, and weekly volatility stands at 2.50%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 2.09%. HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:HCA)’s beta value is currently sitting at 1.65, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 6.32. With analysts defining $150.00-$275.00 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $236.38 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about 39.73% off the estimated low and -10.49% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if HCA’s share price rises to $232.00, which is the median consensus price. At that level, HCA’s share price would be 6.79% above current price.
To see how HCA Healthcare Inc. stock has been performing in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: HCA stock’s performance was 14.37% in the latest trading, and 137.12% in the past year, while Community Health Systems Inc. (CYH) has traded 9.56% on the day and positioned 346.70% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC) saw its stock close 9.06% higher in the most recent trading session but was up 227.85% in a year. Furthermore, Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS) showed an increase of 4.70% on the day while its price kept inclining at 59.50% over the past year. HCA Healthcare Inc. has a P/E ratio of 18.61, compared to Community Health Systems Inc.’s 4.29 and Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s 19.58. Also in last trading session, the S&P 500 Index has surged 1.52%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a positive session, up 1.62% on the day.
An evaluation of the daily trading volume of HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:HCA) indicates that the 3-month average is 1.34 million. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 1.07 million.
Currently, records show that 338.12 million of the company’s shares remain outstanding. The insiders hold 0.30% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 69.70%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Jun 14, 2021, stood at 3.71 million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 2.98 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 1.12% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in June were down slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 3.85 million. However, since the stock’s price has seen 51.34% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.