HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) – Equities researchers at KeyCorp cut their Q1 2017 earnings estimates for HCA Holdings in a report released on Tuesday. KeyCorp analyst J. Gurda now expects that the company will earn $1.74 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $1.81. KeyCorp also issued estimates for HCA Holdings’ Q2 2017 earnings at $1.82 EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at $1.66 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $8.41 EPS.

Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut HCA Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 target price on shares of HCA Holdings in a research note on Monday. Deutsche Bank AG initiated coverage on HCA Holdings in a research note on Tuesday, April 4th. They set a “buy” rating and a $103.00 target price for the company. Mizuho upgraded HCA Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, March 27th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $98.00 price target (up previously from $95.00) on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, February 1st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $90.22.

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Shares of HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) opened at 84.61 on Thursday. HCA Holdings has a 12 month low of $67.00 and a 12 month high of $91.03. The stock has a market capitalization of $31.32 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.59 and a beta of 0.71. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $86.74 and its 200 day moving average is $79.84.

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HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.89 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.78 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $10.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.67 billion. HCA Holdings had a net margin of 6.84% and a negative return on equity of 44.79%. The business’s revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.69 EPS.

In other HCA Holdings news, insider Michael S. Cuffe sold 2,150 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.00, for a total transaction of $182,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 12,254 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,041,590. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Ravi S. Chari sold 31,956 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total value of $2,876,040.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 7,754 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $697,860. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 273,544 shares of company stock valued at $22,930,923 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 3.10% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Capstone Asset Management Co. increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 13.1% in the third quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 6,983 shares of the company’s stock worth $528,000 after buying an additional 810 shares during the period. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 6.6% in the third quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC now owns 348,752 shares of the company’s stock worth $26,376,000 after buying an additional 21,742 shares during the period. Highstreet Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 258.2% in the third quarter. Highstreet Asset Management Inc. now owns 15,229 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,152,000 after buying an additional 10,978 shares during the period. Boston Advisors LLC increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 0.5% in the third quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 7,210 shares of the company’s stock worth $545,000 after buying an additional 35 shares during the period. Finally, Conning Inc. increased its stake in HCA Holdings by 0.4% in the third quarter. Conning Inc. now owns 7,130 shares of the company’s stock worth $539,000 after buying an additional 30 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 72.27% of the company’s stock.

About HCA Holdings

HCA Holdings, Inc is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates hospitals and related healthcare entities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in two geographically organized groups, including the National and American Groups. As of December 31, 2016, the National Group included 84 hospitals, which were located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

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