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March 18, 2014
06:08 EDTUHSUniversal Health upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
KeyBanc upgraded Universal Health due to valuation, reduced expectations, fast growing behavioral health business exposure, and upside from healthcare reform. Price target is $86.
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July 28, 2014
07:35 EDTUHSUniversal Health price target raised to $131 from $95 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Universal Health after the company reported results that the firm views as impressive and raised its guidance. The firm thinks the company's outlook is strong and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:07 EDTUHSUniversal Health price target raised to $102-$111 from $80-$85 at Wells Fargo
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July 25, 2014
06:57 EDTUHSUniversal Health price target raised to $118 from $95 at Credit Suisse
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July 24, 2014
17:07 EDTUHSUniversal Health raises quarterly dividend to 10c from 5c
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17:06 EDTUHSUniversal Health announces $400M stock repurchase program
Universal Health said its board authorized a stock repurchase program whereby it may spend up to $400M to purchase shares of Class B Common Stock on the open market or in negotiated private transactions. In conjunction with this program, remaining authorizations under previously announced stock repurchase programs are cancelled.
17:05 EDTUHSUniversal Health raises 2014 EPS outlook to $5.55-$5.85 from $4.80-$5.10
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17:04 EDTUHSUniversal Health reports Q2 EPS $1.51, consensus $1.25
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July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTUHSCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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12:16 EDTUHSU.S. to appeal ruling on health care insurance subsidies, Politico says
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July 16, 2014
10:51 EDTUHSHospitals 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 EDTUHSHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTUHSHospitals 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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