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How to buy HMS stock | $33.78

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HMS Holdings Corp is a health information services business based in the US. HMS shares (HMSY) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. HMS employs 3,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$642.7 million.

How to buy shares in HMS

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 HMS. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HMSY. 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 HMS 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$33.78, 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 HMS, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of HMS. 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.

HMS share price

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HMS shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$33.78
52-week rangeUSD$18.195 - USD$36.87
50-day moving average USD$31.8288
200-day moving average USD$29.8469
Wall St. target priceUSD$36.4
PE ratio 58.3227
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.626

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Is it a good time to buy HMS stock?

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HMS price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $33.78 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-08) -7.68%
1 month (2020-12-15) 3.30%
3 months (2020-10-15) 18.57%
6 months (2020-07-15) 2.61%
1 year (2020-01-15) 15.33%
2 years (2019-01-15) 17.74%
3 years (2018-01-12) 89.46%
5 years (2016-01-15) 188.96%

Is HMS under- or over-valued?

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

HMS's P/E ratio

HMS's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 58x. In other words, HMS shares trade at around 58x recent earnings.

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

HMS's PEG ratio

HMS's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2724. 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 HMS's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


HMS's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$118.2 million.

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

HMS financials

Revenue TTM USD$642.7 million
Operating margin TTM 12.3%
Gross profit TTM USD$234.7 million
Return on assets TTM 3.96%
Return on equity TTM 6.26%
Profit margin 8.51%
Book value $10.299
Market capitalisation USD$3.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting HMS shares

There are currently 1.2 million HMS shares held short by investors – that's known as HMS's "short interest". This figure is 10.5% down from 1.4 million last month.

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

HMS's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

HMS's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of HMS shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of HMS shares traded daily (recently around 371150.30487805). HMS's SIR currently stands at 3.28. In other words for every 100,000 HMS shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3280 shares are currently held short.

However HMS's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of HMS shares, or, against the total number of tradable HMS shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case HMS's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 HMS shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0189% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable HMS shares, roughly 19 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 HMS.

Find out more about how you can short HMS stock.

HMS share dividends

We're not expecting HMS to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have HMS's shares ever split?

HMS's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 17 August 2011. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your HMS shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for HMS shares which in turn could have impacted HMS's share price.

HMS share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, HMS's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.195 up to $36.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HMSY.US volatility(beta: 0.78)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while HMS's is 0.7769. This would suggest that HMS's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

HMS overview

HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides cost containment solutions in the United States healthcare marketplace. The company offers coordination of benefits services to government and commercial healthcare payers to ensure that the correct party pays the claim; and population management solutions that provide risk-bearing organizations with intelligence across their member populations to identify risks, and enhance patient engagement and outcomes, as well as payment integrity, care management and consumer engagement, and analytical solutions. It serves state Medicaid programs, commercial health plans, federal government health agencies, government and private employers, children's health insurance program, and other healthcare payers, as well as a subcontractor. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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