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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- HCAHoldings (HCA) stock is up by 2.20% to $68.43 in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter earnings results. 

The Nashville-based company, which operates hospitals and health care centers across the U.S., will report its earnings results before the market open on Thursday.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are expecting HCA to report earnings of $1.40 per share on revenue of $10.16 billion.

HCA reported earnings of $1.19 per share on revenue of $9.63 billion during the year-ago period. 

Earlier this month, HCA projected that same facility admissions during the fourth quarter would rise by 1.6% year-over-year and same facility emergency room visits will increase by 3.6% year-over-year.

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rates this stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: HCA

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