Some Traders See Unusual Bullish Options Activity in HCA Holdings Inc

 Some Traders See Unusual Bullish Options Activity in HCA Holdings Inc

In today’s session HCA Holdings Inc (HCA) registered an unusually high (1,577) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the November, 2016 call, expecting serious HCA increase. With 1,577 contracts traded and 217604 open interest for the Nov, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: HCA161118C00080000 closed last at: $0.85 or 26.1% down. About 783,269 shares traded hands. HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) has declined 3.40% since March 31, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 5.92% the S&P500.

HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) Ratings Coverage

Out of 18 analysts covering HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA), 10 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 8 “Hold”. This means 56% are positive. $105 is the highest target while $74 is the lowest. The $88.37 average target is 17.03% above today’s ($75.51) stock price. HCA Holdings has been the topic of 38 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Vetr upgraded HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) on Saturday, August 29 to “Buy” rating. The company was initiated on Friday, October 2 by Citigroup. The stock has “Neutral” rating given by Goldman Sachs on Thursday, December 17. As per Thursday, October 15, the company rating was maintained by Oppenheimer. Mizuho maintained it with “Buy” rating and $86 target price in Thursday, October 15 report. The stock has “Mkt Perform” rating given by Leerink Swann on Wednesday, January 6. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of HCA in a report on Friday, October 28 with “Outperform” rating. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of HCA in a report on Wednesday, January 6 with “Overweight” rating. As per Friday, July 29, the company rating was maintained by Mizuho. Evercore initiated the shares of HCA in a report on Friday, September 23 with “Hold” rating.

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 2016 Q2. Its down 0.07, from 0.97 in 2016Q1. The ratio worsened, 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.
Lazard Asset Mngmt Lc has 0.05% invested in the company for 290,748 shares. Cleararc owns 6,817 shares or 0.1% of their US portfolio. Westend Advsrs Lc has 1.20 million shares for 0% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Texas Permanent School Fund has 0.1% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 97,693 shares. Massachusetts Service Communications Ma reported 2.22 million shares or 0.09% of all its holdings. Gamco Investors Et Al reported 50,400 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Strs Ohio last reported 648,917 shares in the company. Wellington Mngmt Group Inc Llp accumulated 0.46% or 23.29 million shares. Brinker accumulated 9,175 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Allianz Asset Mgmt Ag has invested 0.03% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). First Advisors Ltd Partnership accumulated 473,948 shares or 0.11% of the stock. Phocas Fincl last reported 0.28% of its portfolio in the stock. Moreover, New York Life Trust has 0.54% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 1,456 shares. Ibm Retirement Fund accumulated 40,507 shares or 0.12% of the stock. Moreover, Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) has 0.1% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 5,300 shares.

Insider Transactions: Since May 4, 2016, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 5 insider sales for $7.10 million net activity. 100,023 shares were sold by Hall Charles J, worth $8.10 million. Another trade for 4,000 shares valued at $318,729 was made by HOLLIDAY CHARLES O JR on Wednesday, May 4. Shares for $957,889 were sold by Davis Jana Joustra. Cuffe Michael S. sold $196,215 worth of stock. Morgan Sandra L. sold $2.28M worth of stock or 28,191 shares. Shares for $1.17 million were sold by YUSPEH ALAN R. WATERMAN ROBERT A had sold 209,604 shares worth $16.69M.

HCA Holdings, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The company has a market cap of $28.17 billion. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. It has a 11.94 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.

More news for HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) were recently published by: Nasdaq.com, which released: “June 2017 Options Now Available For HCA Holdings (HCA)” on October 24, 2016. Marketwatch.com‘s article titled: “HCA Holdings stock rises 2% on better than expected third-quarter profit” and published on October 27, 2016 is yet another important article.

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