HCA Holdings (HCA) Board Authorizes Stock Repurchase Program

Lloyd Doyle
November 15, 2017

Laurion Capital Management Lp sold 113,000 shares as Hca Healthcare Inc (HCA)'s stock declined 2.93%.

Narwhal Capital Management decreased Hca Healthcare Inc (HCA) stake by 15.59% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Crescent Park Management Lp who had been investing in Hca Healthcare Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $27.99 billion market cap company. It closed at $77.71 lastly. (EHTH) has risen 26.30% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.62% the S&P500. Hca Holdings Inc. now has $27.52 billion valuation. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Oak Associates Ltd sold 8,600 shares as Merck & Co. Inc. The stock declined 1.97% or $1.53 reaching $76.17 on the news.

About 468,823 shares traded. Kbc Grp Inc Nv accumulated 254,535 shares or 0.21% of the stock. 3,197,917 shares of the company's stock traded hands. HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) has risen 7.08% since November 13, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.88 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.08, from 0.99 in 2017Q1. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of HCA Holdings from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th.

Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in HCA.

COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: "HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) Receives Coverage Optimism Score of 0.10" was first published by Week Herald and is the sole property of of Week Herald. (NYSE:MRK) for 46,436 shares. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. boosted its position in shares of HCA Holdings by 14.0% during the second quarter. Swedbank holds 3.64M shares or 1.56% of its portfolio. This repurchase authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Camarda Financial Advisors Llc owns 112,989 shares or 1.06% of their U.S. portfolio. Us Savings Bank De reported 22,999 shares. Amalgamated Natl Bank has invested 0.09% in HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA). Brown Advisory Securities Ltd Liability Corporation owns 86,709 shares. Bnp Paribas Asset Mgmt Sa holds 0.01% or 12,870 shares. M&T National Bank, a New York-based fund reported 34,209 shares. Royal Bancorporation Of Canada stated it has 0.04% in HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA). Northpointe Cap Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 0.29% or 31,704 shares. Intrust Financial Bank Na has invested 2.68% of its portfolio in HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA). (NYSE:MRK) for 5,628 shares. Evercore ISI began coverage on shares of HCA Holdings in a research report on Thursday, September 22nd. Canal Insurance owns 110,000 shares. (NYSE:VLO) stake by 15,650 shares to 106,720 valued at $7.20 million in 2017Q2. Amdocs Limited (NASDAQ:DOX) was raised too. Teck Resources had 33 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NYSE:MRK), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 64% are positive. Jefferies maintained Merck & Co., Inc.

HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. Jefferies has "Hold" rating and $53 target. As per Monday, March 27, the company rating was upgraded by Mizuho. On Thursday, October 19 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Buy". The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. The firm earned "Underweight" rating on Thursday, January 14 by Barclays Capital. (NYSE:MRK) on Tuesday, November 24 with "Buy" rating. UBS has "Buy" rating and $67 target. The company was maintained on Monday, October 2 by RBC Capital Markets.

Analysts await Merck & Co., Inc. During the same quarter previous year, the firm earned $1.45 earnings per share. MRK's profit will be $2.56B for 14.68 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. The company reported $1.21 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.21.

Since May 15, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for $4.69 million activity. $489,394 worth of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) was sold by Morgan Sandra L. Torres Kathryn A. also sold $142,148 worth of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) on Wednesday, May 17. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the company. HCA Holdings had a negative return on equity of 47.16% and a net margin of 6.13%. Piper Jaffray maintained HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) rating on Tuesday, October 31. HCA Holdings has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average target price of $89.95. Analysts have a mean recommendation of 2.00 on this stock (A rating of less than 2 means buy, "hold" within the 3 range, "sell" within the 4 range, and "strong sell" within the 5 range). The firm earned "Outperform" rating on Wednesday, February 1 by RBC Capital Markets. Robert W. Baird maintained HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) on Thursday, October 19 with "Outperform" rating. They set an "outperform" rating on the stock. The firm has "Mkt Perform" rating given on Wednesday, January 6 by Leerink Swann. The stock of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE:HCA) earned "Neutral" rating by JP Morgan on Friday, July 29.

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