HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) Shares Purchased by Liberty Wealth Management LLC

Liberty Wealth Management LLC boosted its holdings in HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) by 446,155.6% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 40,163 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 40,154 shares during the quarter. Liberty Wealth Management LLC’s holdings in HCA Healthcare were worth $194,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in HCA. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in HCA Healthcare by 20.8% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 5,972,494 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,234,754,000 after purchasing an additional 1,028,059 shares in the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. lifted its stake in HCA Healthcare by 1,066.6% in the second quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 644,926 shares of the company’s stock valued at $133,332,000 after buying an additional 589,645 shares during the last quarter. Amundi Asset Management US Inc. lifted its stake in HCA Healthcare by 101.4% in the first quarter. Amundi Asset Management US Inc. now owns 774,020 shares of the company’s stock valued at $145,779,000 after buying an additional 389,617 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in HCA Healthcare by 11.9% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 2,968,099 shares of the company’s stock valued at $559,011,000 after buying an additional 314,801 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted its stake in HCA Healthcare by 42.4% in the second quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 958,272 shares of the company’s stock valued at $198,112,000 after buying an additional 285,204 shares during the last quarter. 68.57% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

HCA Healthcare stock opened at $239.01 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 18.06, a quick ratio of 1.21 and a current ratio of 1.45. The company has a market capitalization of $76.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.39, a PEG ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.65. HCA Healthcare, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $121.91 and a fifty-two week high of $263.92. The stock has a fifty day moving average of $249.69 and a two-hundred day moving average of $224.42.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 19th. The company reported $4.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.16 by $1.21. HCA Healthcare had a net margin of 8.87% and a return on equity of 234.29%. The company had revenue of $14.44 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $13.61 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $3.23 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 30.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that HCA Healthcare, Inc. will post 16.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 16th were issued a dividend of $0.48 per share. This represents a $1.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.80%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, September 15th. HCA Healthcare’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 16.54%.

In related news, SVP Kathryn A. Torres sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $252.00, for a total value of $252,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 15,899 shares in the company, valued at $4,006,548. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Jane D. Englebright sold 200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $249.36, for a total transaction of $49,872.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 59,093 shares of company stock valued at $14,778,068 over the last quarter. Insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. UBS Group assumed coverage on HCA Healthcare in a research note on Thursday, September 23rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $312.00 price target for the company. Seaport Global Securities assumed coverage on HCA Healthcare in a research note on Friday, July 9th. They set a “buy” rating and a $235.00 price target for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Cowen assumed coverage on HCA Healthcare in a research note on Thursday, September 9th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $293.00 price target for the company. SVB Leerink began coverage on HCA Healthcare in a research note on Monday, September 27th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $320.00 price target for the company. Finally, BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on HCA Healthcare from $235.00 to $250.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 21st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $257.67.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, Inc is a health care services company, which engages in operating hospitals, freestanding surgery centers and emergency rooms, and urgent care centers. It offers a full range of services to accommodate such medical specialties as internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and obstetrics, as well as diagnostic and emergency services.

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