NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of AMN Healthcare Services (AHS) were gaining 13.8% to $22.96 on heavy trading volume Friday after the healthcare staffing company beat analysts' estimates for earnings in the fourth quarter.

AMN Healthcare reported earnings of 21 cents a share for the fourth quarter, above analysts' estimates of 18 cents a share. Revenue grew 12.5% year over year to $279.65 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' estimates of $267.13 million.

Revenue from AMN Healthcare's Nurse and Allied Healthcare Staffing segment grew 17% year over year to $192 million for the fourth quarter. Revenue from the Locum Tenens Staffing segment grew 3% to $76 million, and revenue from the Physician Permanent Placement Services segment grew 14% to $12 million.

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The company said it expects revenue of $310 million to $314 million for the first quarter, above analysts' estimates of $283.86 million. AMN Healthcare said it expects an adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.5% to 9.0% for the first quarter.

About 2.2 million shares of AMN Healthcare Services were traded by 2:37 p.m. Friday, above the average trading volume of about 293,000 shares a day.

TheStreet Ratings team rates AMN HEALTHCARE SERVICES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AMN HEALTHCARE SERVICES INC (AHS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: AHS Ratings Report

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