How to buy Universal Health Services (UHS) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Universal Health Services shares.

Universal Health Services Inc (UHS) is a publicly traded medical care facilities business based in the US. In the week up to 26 September Universal Health Services shares plunged 8.98% to a closing position of $89.89. Over the last 12 months, Universal Health Services's share price has fallen by 9.50% from $143.27. Universal Health Services is listed on the NYSE and employs 89,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Universal Health Services

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  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: UHS in this case.
  5. Research Universal Health Services shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Universal Health Services shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Fees for buying 5x Universal Health Services shares with popular platforms

Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

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£600.53 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £12.25
£609.79 total
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£603.51 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £17.93
£615.46 total
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£598.14 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £2.69
£600.23 total
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£614.49 total
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£600.53 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £16.97
£614.51 total
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Universal Health Services share price (NYSE:UHS)

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

Universal Health Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $129.66

1 week (2022-09-22) 38.57%
1 month (2022-08-29) 27.98%
3 months (2022-06-29) 20.91%
6 months (2022-03-29) -12.36%
1 year (2021-09-27) -10.36%
2 years (2020-09-29) 26.46%
3 years (2019-09-27) -11.69%
5 years (2017-09-29) 16.87%

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

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Is Universal Health Services under- or over-valued?

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

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 9x. In other words, Universal Health Services 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.

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 PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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 share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

EBITDA

Universal Health Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.7 billion (£1.5 billion).

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

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.

Total ESG risk score

Universal Health Services's 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.).

Environmental score

Universal Health Services's 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.

Social score

Universal Health Services's 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.

Governance score

Universal Health Services's 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.

Controversy score

Universal Health Services's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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 shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-31.
Open$130.29
High$131.19
Low$129.1
Close$129.66
Previous close$130.75
Change$-1.09
Change %-0.8337%
Volume307,143
Information last updated 2022-09-27.
52-week range$89.42 - $157.7093
50-day moving average$104.5148
200-day moving average$123.2599
Wall St. target price$117.47
PE ratio9.1538
Dividend yield$0.8 (0.87%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$9.82

Do Universal Health Services shares pay dividends?

0.9%

Dividend yield: 0.87% of stock value

0.9%

Forward annual dividend yield: 0.87% of stock value

8.0%

Dividend payout ratio: 8.02% of net profits

Universal Health Services has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.87% of its share value annually.

Universal Health Services has paid out, on average, around 8.02% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.87% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 0.87% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Universal Health Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

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

Universal Health Services's most recent dividend payout was on 15 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Universal Health Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $89.42 up to $157.7093. 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 share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Universal Health Services's is 1.203. This would suggest that Universal Health Services's shares 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).

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