Unusual Social Activity Around Universal Health Services (UHS) Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Universal Health Services ( UHS) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Universal Health Services as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • UHS has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.39 mentions/day.
  • UHS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $260.6 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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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 0.4%. UHS has a PE ratio of 21.2. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Universal Health Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Universal Health Services has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.60 and a short float of 1.5% with 0.39 days to cover. Shares are up 34.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • UHS's revenue growth trails the industry average of 20.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.89, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.08, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, UHS's share price has jumped by 51.62%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, UHS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $263.78 million or 20.86% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 10.50%.
  • UNIVERSAL HEALTH SVCS INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UNIVERSAL HEALTH SVCS INC increased its bottom line by earning $5.13 versus $4.53 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.75 versus $5.13).

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