A Reversal for HCA Holdings Inc Is Not Near. Professional Options Traders Are Bullish

 A Reversal for HCA Holdings Inc Is Not Near. Professional Options Traders Are Bullish

In today’s session HCA Holdings Inc (HCA) registered an unusually high (377) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the December, 2016 call, expecting serious HCA increase. With 377 contracts traded and 6414 open interest for the Dec, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: HCA161216C00075000 closed last at: $0.75 or 16.7% down. About 283,634 shares traded hands. HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) has declined 12.25% since April 22, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.66% the S&P500.

Analysts await HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) to report earnings on January, 26. They expect $1.77 EPS, up 4.73% or $0.08 from last year’s $1.69 per share. HCA’s profit will be $671.72 million for 10.03 P/E if the $1.77 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.61 actual EPS reported by HCA Holdings Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 9.94% EPS growth.

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. HCA Holdings has been the topic of 39 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock has “Market Perform” rating given by Longbow on Wednesday, January 6. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Monday, March 14 by JP Morgan. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Saturday, August 29 by Vetr. As per Friday, October 2, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup. On Monday, January 4 the stock rating was downgraded by Wells Fargo to “Market Perform”. The rating was initiated by Evercore on Friday, September 23 with “Hold”. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, September 16 by JP Morgan. Zacks downgraded the shares of HCA in a report on Monday, August 17 to “Buy” rating. Leerink Swann maintained HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) rating on Wednesday, October 28. Leerink Swann has “Outperform” rating and $79 price target. The stock of HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, October 28 by RBC Capital Markets.

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 0.67 in Q2 2016. Its down 0.23, from 0.9 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.
State Common Retirement Fund holds 0.11% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 938,398 shares. Boston Prtn owns 210,516 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Signaturefd Ltd Liability has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Mngmt Communications Limited holds 24,839 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Perceptive Advisors Llc reported 6,202 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Tci Wealth Advsrs has 43 shares for 0% of their US portfolio. Shinko Asset Mgmt Ltd has invested 0% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Bb&T Securities Limited Liability Company last reported 0.63% of its portfolio in the stock. Moreover, Winch Advisory Services has 0% invested in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 11 shares. Clark Gp Inc accumulated 78,617 shares or 0.39% of the stock. Renaissance Techs Ltd Company accumulated 0.08% or 574,500 shares. Fuller And Thaler Asset Mgmt holds 0.01% of its portfolio in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) for 5,200 shares. Eqis Cap Mgmt accumulated 0.11% or 20,977 shares. The Pennsylvania-based Pnc Services Inc has invested 0.01% in HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Westend last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock.

Insider Transactions: Since November 4, 2016, the stock had 0 buys, and 4 sales for $21.35 million net activity. Foster Jon M sold 97,500 shares worth $7.30M. Shares for $12.37M were sold by MOORE A BRUCE JR. The insider Morgan Sandra L. sold 18,556 shares worth $1.43 million. Wyatt Christopher F. sold $249,008 worth of stock or 3,152 shares.

HCA Holdings, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The company has a market cap of $26.96 billion. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. It has a 11.23 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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