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How to buy HCA Healthcare stock | $134.33

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HCA Healthcare, Inc is a medical care facilities business based in the US. HCA Healthcare shares (HCA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. HCA Healthcare employs 210,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$50.8 billion.

How to buy shares in HCA Healthcare

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for HCA Healthcare. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HCA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until HCA Healthcare reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$134.33, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of HCA Healthcare, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of HCA Healthcare. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

HCA Healthcare share price

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HCA Healthcare shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$134.33
52-week rangeUSD$58.3468 - USD$166.87
50-day moving average USD$155.0285
200-day moving average USD$130.1949
Wall St. target priceUSD$165.95
PE ratio 16.6067
Dividend yield USD$1.72 (1.56%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$9.89

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Is it a good time to buy HCA Healthcare stock?

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HCA Healthcare price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $134.33 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2021-01-15) -20.41%
1 month (2020-12-23) -19.01%
3 months (2020-10-23) -1.65%
6 months (2020-07-23) 5.80%
1 year (2020-01-23) -8.43%
2 years (2019-01-23) 0.40%
3 years (2018-01-23) 46.44%
5 years (2016-01-22) 104.09%

Is HCA Healthcare under- or over-valued?

Valuing HCA Healthcare stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of HCA Healthcare's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

HCA Healthcare's P/E ratio

HCA Healthcare's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, HCA Healthcare shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

HCA Healthcare's PEG ratio

HCA Healthcare's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3425. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into HCA Healthcare's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

HCA Healthcare's EBITDA

HCA Healthcare's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$9.6 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a HCA Healthcare's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

HCA Healthcare financials

Revenue TTM USD$50.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.47%
Gross profit TTM USD$19.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 9%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 6.7%
Book value $-11.425
Market capitalisation USD$55.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting HCA Healthcare shares

There are currently 4.0 million HCA Healthcare shares held short by investors – that's known as HCA Healthcare's "short interest". This figure is 14.3% down from 4.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting HCA Healthcare shares can be evaluated.

HCA Healthcare's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

HCA Healthcare's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of HCA Healthcare shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of HCA Healthcare shares traded daily (recently around 1.4 million). HCA Healthcare's SIR currently stands at 2.87. In other words for every 100,000 HCA Healthcare shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2870 shares are currently held short.

However HCA Healthcare's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of HCA Healthcare shares, or, against the total number of tradable HCA Healthcare shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case HCA Healthcare's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 HCA Healthcare shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0151% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable HCA Healthcare shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against HCA Healthcare.

Find out more about how you can short HCA Healthcare stock.

HCA Healthcare's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like HCA Healthcare.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

HCA Healthcare's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 30.6

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and HCA Healthcare's overall score of 30.6 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like HCA Healthcare is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

HCA Healthcare's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.79/100

HCA Healthcare's environmental score of 5.79 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that HCA Healthcare is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

HCA Healthcare's social score

Social score: 19.86/100

HCA Healthcare's social score of 19.86 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that HCA Healthcare is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

HCA Healthcare's governance score

Governance score: 12.44/100

HCA Healthcare's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that HCA Healthcare is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

HCA Healthcare's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. HCA Healthcare scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that HCA Healthcare has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

HCA Healthcare, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 30.6
Total ESG percentile 48.54
Environmental score 5.79
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 19.86
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 12.44
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

HCA Healthcare share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 8.7% of net profits

Recently HCA Healthcare has paid out, on average, around 8.7% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.56% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), HCA Healthcare shareholders could enjoy a 1.56% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HCA Healthcare's case, that would currently equate to about $1.72 per share.

While HCA Healthcare's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that HCA Healthcare is investing more in its future growth.

HCA Healthcare's most recent dividend payout was on 31 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

HCA Healthcare share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, HCA Healthcare's shares have ranged in value from as little as $58.3468 up to $166.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HCA.US volatility(beta: 1.58)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while HCA Healthcare's is 1.5806. This would suggest that HCA Healthcare's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

HCA Healthcare overview

HCA Healthcare, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health care services company in the United States. The company operates general, acute care hospitals that offer medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic, and emergency services; and outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and physical therapy services. It also operates psychiatric hospitals, which provide therapeutic programs comprising child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, and adolescent and adult alcohol and drug abuse treatment and counseling. In addition, the company operates outpatient health care facilities consisting of freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency care facilities, urgent care facilities, walk-in clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, radiation and oncology therapy centers, physician practices, and various other facilities. As of December 31, 2019, it operated 184 hospitals and 123 freestanding surgery centers located in 21 states and England. HCA Healthcare Inc. has collaboration with Truli to give small and medium-size employers a new option for funding health care coverage in Florida markets. The company was formerly known as HCA Holdings, Inc. HCA Healthcare, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

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