Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Universal Health Services

(

UHS

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Universal Health Services as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • UHS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $75.6 million.
  • UHS is down 3.8% today from today's close.

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More details on UHS:

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.3%. UHS has a PE ratio of 2. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Universal Health Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Universal Health Services has been 688,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.86 and a short float of 2% with 3.09 days to cover. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Universal Health Services as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • UNIVERSAL HEALTH SVCS INC has improved earnings per share by 11.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, UNIVERSAL HEALTH SVCS INC increased its bottom line by earning $6.75 versus $5.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.55 versus $6.75).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 71.12% to $464.23 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 35.30%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Health Care Providers & Services industry average. The net income increased by 9.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $174.30 million to $190.76 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.76, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.85 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

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