Amsurg Corp. (NASDAQ:AMSG) shares were down 3.1% during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $62.88 and last traded at $63.01, with a volume of 746,022 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $65.04.

Several research analysts have commented on AMSG shares. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Amsurg Corp. in a report on Sunday, July 3rd. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating on shares of Amsurg Corp. in a report on Thursday, June 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Amsurg Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, July 11th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Amsurg Corp. in a report on Friday, June 17th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. lowered shares of Amsurg Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, June 16th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. Amsurg Corp. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $93.90.

The stock has a market capitalization of $3.38 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.65 and a beta of 0.65. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $66.59 and its 200-day moving average price is $73.95.

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Amsurg Corp. (NASDAQ:AMSG) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 2nd. The company reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.02. The company earned $758.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $769.88 million. Amsurg Corp. had a net margin of 6.53% and a return on equity of 8.20%. Amsurg Corp.’s quarterly revenue was up 21.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.97 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Amsurg Corp. will post $4.33 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Amsurg Corp. news, insider Robert Jon Coward sold 7,500 shares of Amsurg Corp. stock in a transaction on Friday, August 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.65, for a total transaction of $477,375.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 97,507 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,206,320.55. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Company insiders own 2.30% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Emerald Acquisition Ltd. purchased a new position in Amsurg Corp. during the second quarter valued at approximately $106,000. Smith Asset Management Group LP raised its stake in shares of Amsurg Corp. by 8,500.0% in the second quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP now owns 1,720 shares of the company’s stock worth $133,000 after buying an additional 1,700 shares in the last quarter. Invictus RG raised its stake in shares of Amsurg Corp. by 824.3% in the first quarter. Invictus RG now owns 1,904 shares of the company’s stock worth $142,000 after buying an additional 1,698 shares in the last quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC bought a new stake in shares of Amsurg Corp. during the second quarter worth about $157,000. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Amsurg Corp. during the second quarter worth about $202,000. 99.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Amsurg Corp.

AmSurg Corp. is a surgical center and physician services company. The Company is an owner and operator of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the United States. The Company is also a provider of outsourced physician services in the areas of anesthesiology, children’s services, emergency medicine and radiology.

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