Earnings from HCA Healthcare Inc. [HCA] are scheduled on April 22, 2021, before the market opens. It is expected that the company will report strong earnings for the quarter ending Mar 2021.
HCA Stock Earnings Outlook For The Current Quarter
The consensus estimates for the quarter suggest that the company would earn $3.32 per share on revenue of $13.64B. Taking a look at the future, the company is projected to report revenue of $13.42B at an earnings per share of $2.99 for the Jun 2021 quarter. The estimates represent year-over-year improvements of 5.50% in revenue and 12.03% in earnings per share for the company.
HCA Stock Earnings Forecast For The Current Year
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For the full financial year, HCA Healthcare Inc. [NYSE:HCA] is forecasted to generate revenue of $54.7B. The figure is about $3.17 billion above what the company actually reported for the fiscal year 2020. In terms of EPS, it is estimated to be $12.74 in 2021, which is $1.13 higher than the figure in FY20. Based on current estimates, earnings are expected to grow 9.70% this year, 12.40% next year, and 12.39% annually over the next five years. With regard to sales, forecasts suggest an incline of 6.10% in current fiscal year and 5.50% over following year.
HCA Stock Price Performance
At the close of Wednesday’s session, HCA Healthcare Inc. [NYSE:HCA] finished up 2.38% at $197.53. The stock’s highest single-day price was $198.51, and its lowest was $193.35. Its price rose 3.45% in the last five days. Since the beginning of the year, HCA Healthcare Inc.’s shares are up nearly 20.11%. However, the share price is 0.14% below its one year high. The top price reached by the shares of the company was $198.51 on 04/21/21, while the 52-week low came on 01/27/21, when the shares were $156.43. In the past year, shares of the company have risen 87.29%. At 50 days, the moving average achieved is $184.17 while at 200 days, the moving average is $152.07. There were 1.33 million shares traded in the last session, down from 1.41 million in the previous session.
HCA Healthcare Inc. [NYSE:HCA] Stock Valuation Metrics
With a prevailing 12-month PE ratio of 18.09, HCA Healthcare Inc. [HCA] does qualify as a good candidate for the list of underestimated low-priced stocks that should be purchased sooner rather than later. By this measure, the company’s stock is trading at a discount to the industry average of 31.94 times trailing earnings. Investors may find it helpful to look at historical price-sales ratios, and in the case of this stock, 1.27 PS value ratio is reported for the last one year of reported earnings. This is below the average return 2.58 for the industry, which means HCA offers an attractive investment opportunity than its competitors do.
HCA Share Price Support And Resistance Levels
Based on the daily chart, the immediate backing lies around the 197.53 level, and the violation of this level will cause a further drop to 194.42 level. At the upper end, 204.74 remains a key resistance. As the stock increases, it may find resistance at 201.62. In the 14-day chart, the Relative Strength Index standing at 63.59 suggests a technical neutral stance while the MACD standing at 4.18 indicates price will increase in the next trading period. Stochastic %K at 79.08% suggests holding the stock while Percent R indicator at 7.37% suggests bullish price movement.
How much is the short interest in HCA Healthcare Inc.?
There have been a drop in short interest in the HCA Healthcare Inc. Financial stock, with short interest up by 0.16 million shares to 2.79 million shares on Feb 25, 2021. According to data provided by Yahoo Finance, the short interest on Mar 30, 2021 stood at 2.95 million shares. This -5.73% decrease suggests some bullish sentiment was experienced by the stock. Shorted shares accounted for just 1.11% of the overall float in the stock, while the stock’s days to cover moved to 1.76.
How do analysts view HCA Healthcare Inc.?
In regard to the share price forecast for HCA Healthcare Inc. stock, the analysts, as surveyed by FactSet, forecast the price to reach $203.00 in the next twelve months, representing almost an 2.69% growth from its recent price of $197.53. Among HCA Healthcare Inc. stock projections, $230.00 is the highest analyst target for the stock, while $150.00 is the lowest. Despite this, 23 analysts who share their consensus rating for HCA in 2021 agree that the stock is a Buy. The latest rating change took place on 4/14/21, when Truist Securities Ratings launched coverage of the stock at “Buy” and assigned a price target of $230.0.