It’s Not Over Yet For HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE: HCA)

After Hours

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. Most recently, Yahoo Finance reported about the stock as it publicized that HCA Healthcare Names Chad Wasserman as Chief Information Officer.

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Stocks Info

HCA Healthcare Inc is listed on the NYSE as a member of the Healthcare sector and is a part of the Medical Care Facilities industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $310.62 and fluctuated between $312.51 as its day high and $308.09 as its day low. The current market capitalization of HCA Healthcare Inc is $83.14B. A total of 0.86 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.33M shares.

Insider Activity

Additionally, investors take into account insider trades when predicting how a stock will perform. During the recent three months, HCA has seen 5 BUY and 5 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 103,551 and the disposition of 84,889 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 48 BUYs and 50 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 623,190 shares during that period but sold 467,417.

In the most recent transaction, Torres Kathryn A. sold 3,861 shares of HCA for 307.00 per share on Jan 31. After the transaction, the SVP-Payer Contracting & Align. now owns 15,899 company shares. In a previous transaction on Jan 31, Cuffe Michael S. sold 3,200 shares at 306.79 per share. HCA shares that EVP and Chief Clinical Officer owns now total 24,929.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Torres Kathryn A. disposed of 5,204 shares on Aug 14 at a per-share price of $269.12. This resulted in the SVP-Payer Contracting & Align. holding 19,760 shares of HCA after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Cohen Jeffrey E. sold 1,500 shares at $270.00 per share on Aug 11. Company shares held by the SVP-Government Relations now total 4,414.

Dividend

It is more appealing for investors to invest in companies that pay dividends because dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate a positive outlook for the company. HCA Healthcare Inc pays an annual dividend of $2.52, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.81%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 16.36. HCA’s most recent ex-dividend date was when it declared a $0.66 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 3/29/2024. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 3/29/2024 with an ex-dividend date of 3/14/2024. The HCA stock dividend was $0.66 per share in cash.

Though price targets are rarely accurate, they can exert some influence from time to time and were often accepted as valuable by the market. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for HCA in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $321.40 with high estimates of $360.00 and low estimates of $250.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, HCA has a high of $314.82 and a low of $215.96.

As of this writing, HCA has an earnings estimate of $4.83 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 14 estimates, with a high estimate of $5.34 per share and a lower estimate of $4.02. The company reported an EPS of $3.91 in the last quarter, which was -1.80% lower than expectations of $3.98.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

A balance sheet is a report that shows the company’s assets and liabilities. In addition, it shows how much equity investors have invested in the company. Investors can determine the company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. HCA’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $1.45B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $36.73B in debt and $9.58B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was -$9.21, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $1.49B.

Analysts Opinion

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. Currently, 0 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 HCA is Buy with a score of 4.40.

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