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October 11, 2012
09:11 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Imperial views LifePoint Hospitals as an attractive leveraged buyout candidate with the potential to be taken private at a 42% premium to the current share price. The firm started shares with an Outperform rating and $53 price target.
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July 28, 2014
07:33 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals price target raised to $80 from $73 at UBS
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07:32 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals price target raised to $89 from $63 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on LifePoint after the company reported beat and raise results that the firm thinks were impressive. The firm, which believes that the beat and raise was largely driven by the ACA, is now more upbeat on the company's visibility and ability to benefit from the ACA. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
July 25, 2014
07:06 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals sees FY14 EPS $2.99-$3.19, consensus $2.71
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07:03 EDTLPNTLifePoint reports Q2 EPS from cont. ops. 84c, may not compare to consensus 55c
Reports Q2 revenues from continuing operations $1.05B, consensus $1.01B.
July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTLPNTCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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12:16 EDTLPNTU.S. to appeal ruling on health care insurance subsidies, Politico says
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July 16, 2014
10:51 EDTLPNTHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
09:59 EDTLPNTHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTLPNTHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.

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