LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) has been assigned a $69.00 target price by Robert W. Baird in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Robert W. Baird’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 26.14% from the stock’s previous close.

LPNT has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised LifePoint Health from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, August 21st. TheStreet lowered LifePoint Health from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. BidaskClub raised LifePoint Health from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. ValuEngine lowered LifePoint Health from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $66.00 price target on shares of LifePoint Health in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. LifePoint Health currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $66.33.

LifePoint Health (NASDAQ LPNT) traded up 0.37% during trading on Thursday, reaching $54.70. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 359,548 shares. The firm has a market cap of $2.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.25 and a beta of 0.84. LifePoint Health has a 52 week low of $50.60 and a 52 week high of $70.95. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $56.62 and its 200-day moving average is $61.14.

LifePoint Health (NASDAQ:LPNT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The company reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $1.59 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.64 billion. LifePoint Health had a return on equity of 7.40% and a net margin of 2.61%. LifePoint Health’s revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.69 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts forecast that LifePoint Health will post $4.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other LifePoint Health news, Chairman William F. Carpenter III sold 17,653 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.06, for a total value of $1,148,504.18. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 439,841 shares in the company, valued at $28,616,055.46. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 8.76% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of LPNT. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its stake in LifePoint Health by 22.6% in the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 21,951 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,438,000 after purchasing an additional 4,045 shares in the last quarter. US Bancorp DE boosted its stake in shares of LifePoint Health by 1.6% during the 1st quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 1,931 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after acquiring an additional 30 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its stake in shares of LifePoint Health by 679.9% during the 1st quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 247,499 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,211,000 after acquiring an additional 215,763 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its stake in shares of LifePoint Health by 5.0% during the 1st quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 111,985 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,335,000 after acquiring an additional 5,287 shares during the period. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in shares of LifePoint Health by 26.2% during the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 101,629 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,656,000 after acquiring an additional 21,083 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.53% of the company’s stock.

LifePoint Health Company Profile

LifePoint Health, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 72 hospital campuses in 22 states, having a total of 9,424 licensed beds. It offers a range of general and specialized healthcare services to patients through a network of hospitals and outpatient facilities.

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