How Does HCA Healthcare, Inc. (HCA) Stack Up Right Now?

HCA Healthcare, Inc. (HCA) is an interesting player in the Healthcare space, with a focus on Hospitals. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $87.84, down from yesterday’s close by -0.53%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

HCA Healthcare, Inc. (HCA) currently trades with a market capitalization of $31.90 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 4.15 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $2.48 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.88 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.69% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

It’s important to check the technicals to get a sense of how HCA has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, HCA Healthcare, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $91.03. It is now trading 3.19% off that level. The stock is trading $81.31 its 50-day moving average by -6.53%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $71.18.

In recent action, HCA Healthcare, Inc. (HCA) has made a move of +3.34% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 19.03, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 3.21% with $294.29 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of HCA.

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