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How to buy HCA (HCA) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in HCA stocks.

HCA Holdings Inc
- $3.78 ( - 2.01%)

HCA is a medical care facilities business based in the US. HCA stocks (HCA.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $187.68 – a decrease of 4.03% over the previous week. HCA employs 204,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $60.1 billion.

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HCA stock price (NYSE:HCA)

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HCA shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-26.
Latest market close$183.79
52-week range$164.03 - $277.40
50-day moving average $205.59
200-day moving average $224.81
Wall St. target price$243.77
PE ratio 9.2467
Dividend yield $2.08 (1.17%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $20.71

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Is it a good time to buy HCA stock?

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HCA price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $183.79 from 2022-09-30

1 week (2022-09-23) -4.03%
1 month (2022-09-02) -8.12%
3 months (2022-07-01) 4.99%
6 months (2022-03-30) -27.91%
1 year (2021-09-30) -24.28%
2 years (2020-10-02) 44.66%
3 years (2019-10-02) 59.69%
5 years (2017-10-02) 129.97%

Is HCA under- or over-valued?

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

HCA's P/E ratio

HCA's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, HCA shares trade at around 9x 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's PEG ratio

HCA's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9495. 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'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's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $12.3 billion.

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

HCA financials

Revenue TTM $60.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.57%
Gross profit TTM $22.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 11.73%
Return on equity TTM 22.6%
Profit margin 10.83%
Book value $0.74
Market capitalisation $55 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

HCA'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.

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

HCA'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'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 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's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.79/100

HCA'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 is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

HCA's social score

Social score: 19.86/100

HCA'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 is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

HCA's governance score

Governance score: 12.44/100

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

HCA's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

HCA share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 12.47% of net profits

Recently HCA has paid out, on average, around 12.47% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.17% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), HCA shareholders could enjoy a 1.17% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HCA's case, that would currently equate to about $2.08 per share.

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

HCA's most recent dividend payout was on 30 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

HCA share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, HCA's shares have ranged in value from as little as $164.0288 up to $277.4024. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HCA.US volatility(beta: 1.73)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's is 1.7275. This would suggest that HCA'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 overview

HCA Healthcare, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, provides health care services company in the United States. The company operates general and acute care hospitals that offers 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 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. In addition, the company operates psychiatric hospitals, which provide therapeutic programs comprising child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, adolescent and adult alcohol, drug abuse treatment, and counseling services. As of December 31, 2021, it operated 182 hospitals, including 175 general and acute care hospitals, five psychiatric hospitals, and two rehabilitation hospitals; 125 freestanding surgery centers; and 21 freestanding endoscopy centers in 20 states and England. The company was formerly known as HCA Holdings, Inc.

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