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How to buy HCA Healthcare stock in Canada | $255.84

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HCA Healthcare Inc
+ $3.97 ( + 1.55%)

HCA Healthcare is a medical care facilities business based in the US. HCA Healthcare stocks (HCA.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $261.64 – a decrease of 0.24% over the previous week. HCA Healthcare employs 195,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $56 billion.

How to buy HCA Healthcare stock in Canada

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  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: HCA in this case.
  5. Research HCA Healthcare stocks. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your HCA Healthcare stocks. It's that simple.

Is it a good time to buy HCA Healthcare stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted HCA Healthcare's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, HCA Healthcare's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $255.84, which is 42.15% up on its pre-crash value of $148 and 338.23% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $58.38.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of HCA Healthcare stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $555.26 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,803.67.

HCA Healthcare stock price

Use our graph to track the performance of HCA stocks over time.

HCA Healthcare stocks at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-18.
Latest market close$255.84
52-week range$113.3676 - $263.92
50-day moving average $250.5065
200-day moving average $216.0467
Wall St. target price$267.82
PE ratio 17.7645
Dividend yield $0.96 (0.37%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $14.565

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HCA Healthcare price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $255.84

1 week (2021-09-15) -0.24%
1 month (2021-08-20) 2.61%
3 months (2021-06-22) 21.92%
6 months (2021-03-22) 35.95%
1 year (2020-09-22) 112.05%
2 years (2019-09-20) 105.86%
3 years (2018-09-21) 91.83%
5 years (2016-09-22) 234.96%

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 18x. In other words, HCA Healthcare stocks trade at around 18x 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 stocks 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 1.0479. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.

HCA Healthcare's EBITDA

HCA Healthcare's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$12.1 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$56 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.69%
Gross profit TTM USD$19.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.06%
Return on equity TTM -9999999%
Profit margin 8.87%
Book value $0.74
Market capitalisation USD$82.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell HCA Healthcare stocks

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "HCA.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 3.7 million HCA Healthcare stocks held short by investors – that's known as HCA Healthcare's "short interest". This figure is 3.6% up from 3.6 million last month.

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

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

HCA Healthcare's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of HCA Healthcare stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of HCA Healthcare stocks traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). HCA Healthcare's SIR currently stands at 3.33. In other words for every 100,000 HCA Healthcare stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 3330 stocks are currently held short.

However HCA Healthcare's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of HCA Healthcare stocks, or, against the total number of tradable HCA Healthcare stocks (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 stocks (for every 100,000 HCA Healthcare stocks in existence, roughly 10 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0151% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable HCA Healthcare stocks, roughly 15 stocks are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock 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 stock dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 11.73% of net profits

Recently HCA Healthcare has paid out, on average, around 11.73% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.73% 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 0.73% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HCA Healthcare's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 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 30 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 15 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

HCA Healthcare stock price volatility

Over the last 12 months, HCA Healthcare's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $113.3676 up to $263.92. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HCA.US volatility(beta: 1.66)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while HCA Healthcare's is 1.6588. This would suggest that HCA Healthcare's stocks 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. 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, 2020, it operated 185 hospitals, which included 178 general, acute care hospitals, as well as five psychiatric hospitals and two rehabilitation hospitals; 121 freestanding surgery centers; and 21 freestanding endoscopy centers in 20 states and England. 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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