HCA Healthcare Inc. (HCA) shares are trading at higher $133.81 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Strong Buy. while the current analyst price target stands at $147.19.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $151.97 and the low is $58.38. Over the last 52 weeks, HCA is up 2.85% while the S&P 500 is up 13.97%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, HCA reported a profit of $9.32 billion. HCA Healthcare Inc. also saw revenues increase to $11.07 billion. In addition, HCA has free cash flow of $8.5 billion as of 06-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $1.85 billion which compares well with its peers.
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HCA booked profit margins of 6.70%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is -120.20%, and its Return on Assets is 7.30%. All told, it is clear that, HCA needs to be on your watchlist.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. HCA has a short ratio of 1.81 and outstanding shares of 337.76M.
HCA has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 9.70. HCA Healthcare Inc. HCA also noted assets of $48.71 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as HCA has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, HCA Healthcare Inc. HCA has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, HCA represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
HCA Healthcare Inc. HCA is now commanding a market cap of 45.08B and a float of 264.72M. HCA is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of HCA stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
Disclosure: we hold no position in HCA, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.