DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA)’s share price gapped up prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $63.51, but opened at $63.60. DaVita HealthCare Partners shares last traded at $65.01, with a volume of 893,059 shares trading hands.

DVA has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Bank of America Corp. lowered DaVita HealthCare Partners from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $70.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, September 6th. Citigroup Inc. initiated coverage on DaVita HealthCare Partners in a research note on Tuesday, September 6th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $71.00 price objective for the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price objective on DaVita HealthCare Partners from $74.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research lowered DaVita HealthCare Partners from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 18th. Finally, TheStreet lowered DaVita HealthCare Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $76.36.

The stock has a market cap of $13.45 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.81 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $67.12 and a 200-day moving average price of $73.18.

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DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 8th. The company reported $1.01 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.03. DaVita HealthCare Partners had a net margin of 2.51% and a return on equity of 16.48%. The business earned $3.72 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.67 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.95 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. will post $3.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other DaVita HealthCare Partners news, COO Michael David Staffieri sold 20,262 shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $73.09, for a total value of $1,480,949.58. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 52,279 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,821,072.11. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeanine Marie Jiganti sold 4,620 shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.45, for a total transaction of $357,819.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 7,590 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $587,845.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in DVA. Norges Bank purchased a new stake in DaVita HealthCare Partners during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $135,225,000. BlackRock Group LTD boosted its stake in DaVita HealthCare Partners by 30.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 2,388,453 shares of the company’s stock valued at $175,265,000 after buying an additional 562,907 shares during the last quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in DaVita HealthCare Partners by 262.9% in the second quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 512,529 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,670,000 after buying an additional 371,289 shares during the last quarter. Locust Wood Capital Advisers LLC purchased a new stake in DaVita HealthCare Partners during the second quarter valued at approximately $25,214,000. Finally, BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in DaVita HealthCare Partners by 7.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 4,206,870 shares of the company’s stock valued at $308,700,000 after buying an additional 293,323 shares during the last quarter. 83.65% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About DaVita HealthCare Partners

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc is a provider of kidney care services. The Company operates Kidney Care division and HealthCare Partners (HCP) division. Its segments include U.S. dialysis and related lab services, HCP and Other-Ancillary services and strategic initiatives. Its Kidney Care division is a provider of dialysis services in the United States, treating patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD).

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