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How to buy Universal Health Services stock in Canada | $145.92

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Universal Health Services Inc
NYSE: UHS - USD
MEDICAL CARE FACILITIES
$147.26
+ $2.01 ( + 1.38%)

Universal Health Services (UHS) is a leading medical care facilities business based in the US. It opened the day at $146.19 after a previous close of $146.89. During the day the price has varied from a low of $144.51 to a high of $147.16. The latest price was $145.92 (25 minute delay). Universal Health Services is listed on the NYSE and employs 89,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  4. Search the platform for stock code: UHS in this case.
  5. Research Universal Health Services stocks. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Universal Health Services stocks. It's that simple.

Is it a good time to buy Universal Health Services stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Universal Health Services's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $145.25, which is 1.74% up on its pre-crash value of $142.72 and 122.78% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $65.2.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Universal Health Services stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $523.71 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 $1,058.87.

Universal Health Services stock price

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Universal Health Services stocks at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Open$146.19
High$147.16
Low$144.51
Close$145.92
Previous close$146.89
Change $-0.97
Change % -0.6604%
Volume 1,282,020
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$99.0694 - $164.7885
50-day moving average $152.5559
200-day moving average $149.1156
Wall St. target price$169.4
PE ratio 11.5507
Dividend yield $0.4 (0.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $12.633

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Universal Health Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $145.92

1 week (2021-09-15) -0.36%
1 month (2021-08-20) -4.87%
3 months (2021-06-22) -3.57%
6 months (2021-03-22) 6.27%
1 year (2020-09-22) 37.10%
2 years (2019-09-20) -2.80%
3 years (2018-09-21) 15.13%
5 years (2016-09-22) 17.44%

Is Universal Health Services under- or over-valued?

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

Universal Health Services's P/E ratio

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

Universal Health Services's PEG ratio

Universal Health Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.87. 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 Universal Health Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Universal Health Services's EBITDA

Universal Health Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$2 billion.

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

Universal Health Services financials

Revenue TTM USD$12.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.28%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.51%
Return on equity TTM 17.6%
Profit margin 8.88%
Book value $77.95
Market capitalisation USD$12.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Universal Health Services stocks

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "UHS.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 1.7 million Universal Health Services stocks held short by investors – that's known as Universal Health Services's "short interest". This figure is 18.8% down from 2.1 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Universal Health Services stocks can be evaluated.

Universal Health Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Universal Health Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Universal Health Services stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Universal Health Services stocks traded daily (recently around 494092.28486647). Universal Health Services's SIR currently stands at 3.37. In other words for every 100,000 Universal Health Services stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 3370 stocks are currently held short.

However Universal Health Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Universal Health Services stocks, or, against the total number of tradable Universal Health Services stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Universal Health Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 Universal Health Services stocks in existence, roughly 20 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0227% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable Universal Health Services stocks, roughly 23 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 Universal Health Services.

Find out more about how you can short Universal Health Services stock.

Universal Health Services'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 Universal Health Services.

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

Universal Health Services's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 38.87

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Universal Health Services's overall score of 38.87 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 79th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Universal Health Services 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.).

Universal Health Services's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.83/100

Universal Health Services's environmental score of 8.83 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Universal Health Services's social score

Social score: 25.18/100

Universal Health Services's social score of 25.18 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Universal Health Services's governance score

Governance score: 13.86/100

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

Universal Health Services's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Universal Health Services scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Universal Health Services hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Universal Health Services Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 38.87
Total ESG percentile 79.46
Environmental score 8.83
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 25.18
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 13.86
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Universal Health Services stock dividends

5%

Dividend payout ratio: 4.74% of net profits

Recently Universal Health Services has paid out, on average, around 4.74% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.54% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Universal Health Services shareholders could enjoy a 0.54% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Universal Health Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0.4 per share.

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

Universal Health Services's most recent dividend payout was on 15 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 31 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Universal Health Services stocks ever split?

Universal Health Services stocks were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 December 2009. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Universal Health Services stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Universal Health Services stocks which in turn could have impacted Universal Health Services's stock price.

Universal Health Services stock price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Universal Health Services's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $99.0694 up to $164.7885. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UHS.US volatility(beta: 1.2)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 Universal Health Services's is 1.2036. This would suggest that Universal Health Services's stocks are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Universal Health Services overview

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, and outpatient and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services and Behavioral Health Care Services segments. Its hospitals offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services. As of February 25, 2021, it owned and/or operated 360 inpatient facilities, and 39 outpatient and other facilities located in 38 states; Washington, D.C.; the United Kingdom; and Puerto Rico. The company also provides commercial health insurance services. Universal Health Services, Inc. founded in 1978 and is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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