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Shares of LifePoint Hospitals (NASDAQ:LPNT) hit a new 52-week high during trading hours on Monday, Stock Ratings Network.com reports. The company traded as high as $53.88 and last traded at $53.29, with a volume of 257,161 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $53.36.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Ned Davis Research downgraded shares of LifePoint Hospitals from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note to investors on Monday, December 23rd. Separately, analysts at Mizuho raised their price target on shares of LifePoint Hospitals from $49.00 to $54.00 in a research note to investors on Tuesday, December 17th. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of LifePoint Hospitals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note to investors on Thursday, November 14th. They now have a $61.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $56.00. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.36.

LifePoint Hospitals has a one year low of $39.92 and a one year high of $53.87. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $51.23 and a 200-day moving average of $49.10. The company has a market cap of $2.500 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.76.

LifePoint Hospitals (NASDAQ:LPNT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 25th. The company reported $0.68 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $899.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $891.30 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.39 earnings per share. LifePoint Hospitals’s revenue was up 11.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that LifePoint Hospitals will post $2.80 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

LifePoint Hospitals, Inc (NASDAQ:LPNT), through its subsidiaries, operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities in the United States.

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