HCA Holdings Inc Stock Was Bought By Options Traders

 HCA Holdings Inc Stock Was Bought By Options Traders

In today’s session HCA Holdings Inc (HCA) registered an unusually high (450) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the October, 2016 call, expecting serious HCA increase. With 450 contracts traded and 4724 open interest for the Oct, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: HCA161021C00074500 closed last at: $1.6 or 5.9% down. About 750,806 shares traded hands. HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) has risen 2.48% since March 3, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.86% the S&P500.

Analysts await HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) to report earnings on October, 25. They expect $1.44 EPS, up 23.08% or $0.27 from last year’s $1.17 per share. HCA’s profit will be $546.94M for 12.97 P/E if the $1.44 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.66 actual EPS reported by HCA Holdings Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -13.25% negative EPS growth.

HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) Ratings Coverage

Out of 17 analysts covering HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA), 9 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 8 “Hold”. This means 53% are positive. HCA Holdings has been the topic of 36 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. As per Friday, September 23, the company rating was initiated by Evercore. The stock of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, October 28 by Leerink Swann. Zacks downgraded HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) on Monday, August 17 to “Buy” rating. Citigroup initiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, October 2 report. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer on Thursday, October 15 with “Outperform”. The stock has “Buy” rating given by Vetr on Saturday, August 29. Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares of HCA in a report on Thursday, December 17 to “Neutral” rating. The stock of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) earned “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, January 29. As per Friday, August 14, the company rating was maintained by Mizuho. The firm earned “Market Outperform” rating on Friday, April 15 by Avondale.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “HCA Inc. is a non-governmental hospital in the U.S. providing health care and related services. The Company operates a network of acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics and other patient care delivery settings. The Company also owns and manages freestanding surgery centers, diagnostic and imaging centers, radiation and oncology therapy centers, rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, and various other facilities. HCA Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.9 in Q2 2016. Its down 0.07, from 0.97 in 2016Q1. The ratio dived, as 52 funds sold all HCA Holdings Inc shares owned while 226 reduced positions. 71 funds bought stakes while 179 increased positions. They now own 260.48 million shares or 8.67% less from 285.21 million shares in 2016Q1.
Advisor Prtnrs Ltd Company has 2,915 shares for 0.08% of their US portfolio. First Quadrant Limited Partnership Ca has invested 0.55% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). E&G Advsr Limited Partnership holds 6,500 shares or 0.3% of its portfolio. Blackrock Investment Mngmt Limited Company holds 626,715 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. The United Kingdom-based Uss Investment Management Limited has invested 1.55% in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Bb&T, a North Carolina-based fund reported 87,858 shares. Monetta Serv Incorporated owns 22,000 shares or 1.07% of their US portfolio. Rhenman And Partners Asset last reported 100,000 shares in the company. Highbridge Capital Mngmt Limited owns 7,300 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Tiaa Cref Invest Management Limited Liability Company holds 2.41M shares or 0.14% of its portfolio. Suntrust Banks reported 33,419 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Parkside Savings Bank & Tru accumulated 175 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Credit Agricole S A last reported 292,254 shares in the company. Moreover, Stonerise Limited Liability Corp has 11.44% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 260,000 shares. Amalgamated National Bank & Trust last reported 23,153 shares in the company.

Insider Transactions: Since April 13, 2016, the stock had 1 insider buy, and 16 insider sales for $48.04 million net activity. STEAKLEY JOSEPH N also sold $3.38M worth of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) on Tuesday, May 24. Davis Jana Joustra had sold 11,970 shares worth $957,889 on Wednesday, May 4. YUSPEH ALAN R sold $1.62M worth of stock or 20,000 shares. Morgan Sandra L. sold $2.28M worth of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) on Friday, May 6. On Tuesday, May 24 Cuffe Michael S. sold $196,215 worth of the stock or 2,575 shares. Shares for $3.30M were sold by STEELE JOHN M. 100,023 shares with value of $8.10M were sold by Hall Charles J on Thursday, May 5.

HCA Holdings, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The company has a market cap of $28.38 billion. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. It has a 12.9 P/E ratio. The Firm operates approximately 168 hospitals, consisting of 164 general, acute care hospitals; three psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital.

HCA Company Profile

HCA Holdings, Inc., incorporated on October 19, 2010, is a holding company. The Firm is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. The Firm operates approximately 168 hospitals, consisting of 164 general, acute care hospitals; three psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, the Company operates approximately 116 freestanding surgery centers. The Company’s facilities are located in approximately 20 states and England. The Firm operates in two geographically groups: the National and American Groups. The National Group includes approximately 84 hospitals located in Alaska, California, Florida, southern Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, northern Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. The American Group includes approximately 78 hospitals located in Colorado, northern Georgia, Kansas, southern Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The Firm also operates approximately six hospitals in England, and these facilities are included in the Corporate and other group.

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