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Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) Could Achieve Gains In The Near Future

After Hours

It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$0.41, or -0.29%, to $140.48. The Universal Health Services Inc. has recorded 8,425 volume in the after hours trading session. Yahoo Finance discussed the stock recently as it posted UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC. TO PRESENT AT TWO UPCOMING HEALTHCARE CONFERENCES.

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Stocks Info

Universal Health Services Inc. is listed on the NYSE in the Healthcare sector while operating in the Medical Care Facilities industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $140.89 and fluctuated between $140.93 as its day high and $139.24 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Universal Health Services Inc. is $10.05B. A total of 0.38 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 774.34K shares.

Insider Activity

Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, UHS has seen 2 BUY and 2 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 202,500 and the disposition of 194,176 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 20 BUYs and 19 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 1,171,371 shares during that period but sold 1,129,953.

In the most recent transaction, Gibbs Lawrence S. sold 1,307 shares of UHS for 153.00 per share on Mar 11. After the transaction, the Director now owns 1,869 company shares. In a previous transaction on Mar 01, Gibbs Lawrence S. sold 985 shares at 143.84 per share. UHS shares that Director owns now total 3,176.

Among the insiders who sold shares, McDonnell Eileen C. disposed of 296 shares on Feb 28 at a per-share price of $141.17. This resulted in the Director holding 3,577 shares of UHS after the transaction.

Dividend

The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. Universal Health Services Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.80, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.57%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.50. UHS’s most recent ex-dividend date was 11/30/2022 when it declared a $0.20 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 12/15/2022. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 9/15/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 8/31/2022. The UHS stock dividend was $0.20 per share in cash.

Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for UHS in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $128.63 with high estimates of $157.00 and low estimates of $113.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, UHS has a high of $158.28 and a low of $82.50.

As of this writing, UHS has an earnings estimate of $3.05 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 15 estimates, with a high estimate of $3.61 per share and a lower estimate of $2.45. The company reported an EPS of $2.2 in the last quarter, which was -6.40% lower than expectations of $2.35.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information.

Analysts Opinion

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 18 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for UHS is Underweight with a score of 3.00. A total of 5 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 0 rated it as Overweight while 9 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 4 thought it should be Sold.

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