Is HCA Holdings Inc’s Latest Move For Real? The Stock Was Sold By Option Traders Today

 Is HCA Holdings Inc's Latest Move For Real? The Stock Was Sold By Option Traders Today

In today’s session HCA Holdings Inc (HCA) recorded an unusually high (2,378) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the November, 2016 put, expecting serious HCA decrease. With 2,378 contracts traded and 7084 open interest for the Nov, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: HCA161118P00067500 closed last at: $1 or 4.8% down. About 2.00 million shares traded hands. HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) has declined 10.74% since April 13, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 14.67% the S&P500.

HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) Ratings Coverage

Out of 18 analysts covering HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA), 9 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 9 “Hold”. This means 50% are positive. $105 is the highest target while $74 is the lowest. The $88.37 average target is 19.66% above today’s ($73.85) stock price. HCA Holdings has been the topic of 39 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. As per Monday, March 14, the company rating was upgraded by JP Morgan. KeyBanc Capital Markets upgraded the shares of HCA in a report on Thursday, October 13 to “Overweight” rating. The rating was downgraded by Mizuho to “Neutral” on Wednesday, November 9. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform” on Thursday, August 6. JP Morgan initiated the shares of HCA in a report on Wednesday, September 16 with “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Longbow given on Wednesday, January 6. The rating was initiated by Citigroup on Friday, October 2 with “Neutral”. The company was maintained on Thursday, March 24 by Credit Suisse. The rating was initiated by Credit Suisse with “Outperform” on Wednesday, December 16. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of HCA in a report on Friday, January 29 with “Outperform” 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 Q2 2016. Its down 0.07, from 0.97 in 2016Q1. The ratio is negative, 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.
Moreover, Delta Lloyd Nv has 0.05% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 20,588 shares. Highland Management Limited Liability Co accumulated 55,502 shares or 0.37% of the stock. Fred Alger Mgmt has invested 0.41% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Monetta Finance Serv, a Illinois-based fund reported 22,000 shares. Fir Tree has 100,000 shares for 0.32% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Shell Asset Management Com has 0.07% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 37,086 shares. Paloma Partners Mngmt accumulated 72,553 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Dsc Advisors Lp has invested 5.13% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Exane Derivatives holds 0% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 154,498 shares. Adell Harriman Carpenter, a Texas-based fund reported 10,950 shares. Loews Corp owns 300,000 shares or 0.19% of their US portfolio. Hillsdale Mngmt reported 5,620 shares or 0.13% of all its holdings. Bokf Na holds 0.01% or 4,492 shares in its portfolio. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi holds 0.01% or 10,324 shares in its portfolio. Factory Mutual Ins Co holds 0.15% or 150,000 shares in its portfolio.

Insider Transactions: Since May 19, 2016, the stock had 0 buys, and 6 sales for $18.79 million net activity. Another trade for 44,203 shares valued at $3.38 million was made by STEAKLEY JOSEPH N on Tuesday, May 24. Wyatt Christopher F. sold $249,008 worth of stock. Cuffe Michael S. had sold 2,575 shares worth $196,215. MOORE A BRUCE JR sold 167,967 shares worth $12.37M. $1.17 million worth of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) was sold by YUSPEH ALAN R. Shares for $1.43 million were sold by Morgan Sandra L. on Friday, November 4.

HCA Holdings, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The company has a market cap of $28.61 billion. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. It has a 11.67 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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