Let’s take a brief check on where covering Street analysts see Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) moving in the near-term. Analysts taken into consideration by Thomson Reuters have a current consensus target on company shares of $131.31.
Individuals invest in order to get a return on the investment. Nobody enters the equity markets with the hope of losing money. Returns on investments may come in different forms. With any stock investment, there may be some level of risk involved. Understanding the risk is important and should be considered very carefully. Of course, the stock may go up and become a winner, or shares could sour and turn into losers. Returns in the stock market may often mimic the amount of risk. Generally speaking, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. With the greater chance of reward comes the greater chance of losses. Keeping a balanced and diversified portfolio can help manage the risk associated with investing in the stock market.
Sell-side analysts are able to use multiple metrics in order to help calculate target price estimates. A widely used metric is a company’s preice to earnings ratio. This calculation is derived from dividing the current share price by the projected earnings per share. Universal Health Services, Inc. currently has a P/E Ratio of 14.63. Investors might also evaluate a company’s PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The PEG ratio represents the ratio of the price to earnings to the anticipated future growth rate of the company. Currently, the company has a PEG Ratio of 1.75 .
Looking at stock performance, company shares have recently traded $-9.48 away from the 50-day moving average of $117.07 and $-11.36 away from the 200-day moving average of $118.95 . The stock has been recently noted -17.07% off of the 52-week high of 129.74 and +7.89% off of the 52-week low of 99.72. Monitoring the stock price relative to moving averages and highs and lows for the year may help evaluate the value of the stock in the future.