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Searching For Real Value In Market Debris At Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS)

After Hours

There may be slightly higher risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading than during regular market hours. Due to the fact that issuers often announce critical financial information outside of regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities. After-hours trades for Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$0.23, or -0.16%, to $144.45. The Universal Health Services Inc. has recorded 31,845 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

As a NYSE listed company, UHS falls under the Healthcare sector while operating within the Medical Care Facilities industry segment. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $144.68 and fluctuated between $148.10 as its day high and $143.38 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Universal Health Services Inc. is $10.13B. A total of 0.87 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 783.86K shares.

Insider Activity

Aside from predicting where a stock will go, investors also consider insider trades as an indicator of the stock’s future direction. 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.


Investors prefer companies that pay dividends because dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate a positive outlook. Universal Health Services Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.80, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.55%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.89. 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.

In spite of price targets being rarely accurate, it tends to exert some kind influence from time to time, and was often accepted by the market as having some value. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for UHS in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $137.44 with high estimates of $168.00 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

The balance sheet of a company shows what assets and liabilities a company has, as well as the amount, equity investors have invested. With the help of this information, a company’s financial ratios can be calculated to give investors an overview of the company’s prospects.

Analysts Opinion

The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. 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, 1 thought the stock was Underweight and 3 thought it should be Sold.

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