4. U.S. Physical Therapy ( USPH) develops, owns and operates outpatient physical therapy clinics.
For 2010 fourth quarter, analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of 25 cents per share, in comparison to earnings of 19 cents reported for the year-ago period. For the full-year, analysts estimate the company to report earnings per share of $1.21 for 2010, $1.38 for 2011, and $1.49 for 2012, a substantial improvement from earnings of $1.00 per share reported for 2009. The stock will likely provide an upside of 22% over the next 12 months with a consensus target price of $24.3, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. In comparison, Hanger Orthopedic Group ( HGR) and RehabCare Group ( RHB) are expected to return around 20% and 17%, respectively. All the six analysts covering the stock recommend buying.