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7 Health Care Stocks for 2012

5. Universal Health Services (UHS - Get Report) owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and radiation oncology centers.

For fiscal 2011, UHS reported revenue of $1.85 billion, up 40% from 2010. Net income was $85.1 million, or 86 cents per diluted share, up 53.1%.

In November, UHS entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Knapp Medical Center ("KMC") located in Weslaco, Texas, including a 226-bed acute-care hospital.

The company recently paid a cash dividend of 5 cents.

Of the 21 analysts covering the stock, 81% recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. The stock's average 12-month price target is $51.72, or 32.8% above the current price, according a Bloomberg consensus.

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