Universal Health Stock Target Price and Analyst Consensus

UHS
 Stock
  

USD 106.27  2.17  2.00%   

The current analyst and expert consensus on Universal Health is Hold with 5 hold recommendations. The current projected Universal Health target price consensus is 150.0 with 11 analyst opinions. One of the most common ways Universal Health Services analysts use to provide buy-or-sell recommendation to the public are conference calls analysis and financial statements evaluations. Some experts can also talk to Universal Health vendors, executives, and/or customers. Universal Health recommendation module provides expert sentiment on the projected Universal Health Services target price to derive its highest and lowest estimates based on target price standard deviation of 11.251. Also, please take a look at Macroaxis Advice on Universal Health to cross-verify analyst projections. Unlike analyst recommendations, Macroaxis provides advice only from the perspective of investor risk tolerance and investment horizon.
  
As of 08/17/2022, Gross Profit is likely to drop to about 6.5 B. In addition to that, Profit Margin is likely to drop to 7.00. Universal Health Accumulated Retained Earnings Deficit are relatively stable at the moment as compared to the past year. Universal Health reported last year Accumulated Retained Earnings Deficit of 3.84 Billion. As of 08/17/2022, Tax Assets is likely to grow to about 131.2 M, while Receivables is likely to drop slightly above 1.5 B.

Universal Health Target Price Consensus

We track the performance of the top 100 financial experts across various large and mid-size financial boutiques. Universal target price is determined by taking all analyst projections and averaging them out. There is no one specific way to measure analysts performance other than comparing it to the past results via a very sophisticated attribution analysis. Universal target price projections below should be used in combination with other traditional price prediction techniques such as stock price forecasting, investor sentiment analysis, technical analysis, earnings estimate, and various momentum models.
Number of Opinions12
Lowered Outlook0
Raized Outlook0
Hold
Most Universal analysts issue ratings four times a year, at intervals of three months. Ratings are usually accompanied by a target price to helps potential investors understand Universal stock's fair price compared to its market value. Analysts arrive at stock ratings after researching public financial statements of Universal Health Services, talking to its executives and customers, or listening to those companies' conference calls.
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Universal Health Target Price Projection

Universal Health's current and average target prices are 106.27 and 150.00, respectively. The current price of Universal Health is the price at which Universal Health Services is currently trading. On the other hand, Universal Health's target price is what analysts think the stock is worth or could sell for in the future. The more significant the discrepancy between the two prices, the more it stimulates investors to act.

Current Price

Universal Health Market Quote on 17th of August 2022

Low Price105.83Odds
High Price107.48Odds

106.27

Target Price

Analyst Consensus On Universal Health Target Price

Low Estimate136.0Odds
High Estimate165.0Odds
Number of Analysts11
Standard Deviation11.251

150.0

Note that most analysts generally publish their price targets in research reports on specific companies, along with recommendations for the company's stock.Although price targets are often quoted in the financial news media, there could be a delay between the publication of the latest analyst outlook on Universal Health Services and the information provided on this page.

Universal Health Analyst Ratings

Universal Health's analyst stock recommendations are determined by taking an average estimate of all analysts we track and classifying them as Strong Buy, Buy, Hold, Strong Sell, or Sell. Ratings generally communicate what analysts sense about Universal Health stock, and they use a lot of effort and time to analyze it and arrive at a rating. That suggests that analyst recommendations are the outcome of an objective and thorough examination of Universal Health's financials, market performance, and future outlook by experienced professionals. Universal Health's historical ratings below, therefore, can serve as a valuable tool for investors.

Analyst Consensus Breakdown

Average Consensus Estimates

About Universal Health Target Price Projections

Universal Health's target price is an analyst's projection of its future price. Price targets can be assigned to all types of securities, from complex investment products to stocks such as Universal Health Services and even bonds. If the target price is unavailable, it is most likely because there were not enough analyst opinions to come up with a consensus estimate. When setting a price target estimate, an analyst is trying to determine what the Stock is worth and where the price will be in a year from now. Generally, the target price of Universal depends on its intrinsic valuation, beta (i.e., risk over market), and overall volatility. Most analysts publish their price targets in research reports on specific companies, along with their buy, hold, or sell recommendations. Stock price targets are often quoted in the financial news media. Macroaxis uses multiple feeds to provide overall target price projection for Universal Health Services including analysis of its current option contracts.
Universal Health's latest option contracts expiring on 2022-08-19 are carrying combined implied volatility of 7.88 with a put-to-call open interest ratio of 0.86 over 46 outstanding agreements suggesting investors are buying slightly more calls than puts on contracts expiring on 2022-08-19. The current put volume is at 231, with calls trading at the volume of 25. This yields a 9.24 put-to-call volume ratio. The Universal Health option chain provides detailed quote and price information for the current Universal Health Services option contracts. It shows all of Universal Health's listed puts, calls, expiration dates, strike prices, and other pricing information.

Open Interest Against 2022-08-19 Option Contracts

Universal Health option prices can potentially be used to forecast stock returns because most option chains provide information not only about the current prices but also about the future conditions in Universal Health's lending market. For example, when Universal Health's puts are not actively trading or completely missing in the marketplace, investors can use it to internalize expected shorting costs. So if an investor is writing a put option on Universal Health, he or she must hedge the risk by shorting Universal Health stock over its option's life.
The chart above shows Universal Health's distribution of open interest by maturity on contracts that have not yet been settled. The area between the two highest points is the projection of the price at expiration. Universal Health's open interest chart also provides vital information regarding the liquidity of an option. If there is no open interest for Universal Health's option, there is no secondary market available for investors to trade.

Universal Health Maximum Pain Price across 2022-08-19 Option Contracts

Max pain usually refers to a trading concept that asserts that market manipulation can cause the market price of particular securities such as Universal Health close to expiration to expire worthless. According to most research, approximately 10% to 15% of all stock options are exercised, while about 35% expire worthlessly, with roughly 50% traded out before the expiration date. So, Max pain occurs when market makers reach a net positive position across all options at a strike price where option holders stand to lose the most money. By contrast, option sellers may reap the most after selling more options than buying, causing them to expire worthless.
Universal Health's stock options are financial instruments that give investors the right to buy or sell shares of Universal Health Services common stock at a specified price for a given time period. Generally speaking, an option to purchase or sell Universal stock makes it part of the underlying stock when the option's price is tied to the movement of the underlying stock. If Universal Health's stock price goes up or down, the stock options follow.
Also, please take a look at Macroaxis Advice on Universal Health to cross-verify analyst projections. Unlike analyst recommendations, Macroaxis provides advice only from the perspective of investor risk tolerance and investment horizon.

Universal Health Services In The Money Call Balance

When Universal Health's strike price is surpassing the current stock price, the option contract against Universal Health Services stock is said to be in the money. When it comes to buying Universal Health's options that are 'In the Money' or 'Out of the Money', the choice depends on your outlook for the underlying security, financial situation, and what you are trying to achieve.
While 'out-of-the-money' option contracts written on Universal Health Services are typically viewed as the more aggressive, there are potential upsides to purchasing these types of options contracts. For one, the cost to buy an 'Out of the Money' option is lower than the cost to buy an 'In the Money' option. This cost-benefit is due to the fact that at the time of the purchase, 'Out of the Money' contracts have no intrinsic value. So, while the potential for a 100% loss is more significant, the cost and risk to enter the trade are lower.

Universal Current Options Market Mood

Universal Health's open interest and total value indicators provide investors with the necessary information to digest the overall options buildup for its expiring contracts. In addition, it helps Universal Stock's traders understand whether a recent fall or rise in the market is unreasonable and if the time has come to take contrarian positions. These ratios are calculated based on options trading volumes and current open interest.

Put-to-Call Open Interest

Put-to-Call Volume

Most options investors, including buyers and sellers of Universal Health's calls and puts, are not very successful. It is estimated that an average options trader loses somewhere between 80% to 90% of the time. Universal Health's option open interest and volume spread between outstanding puts and calls are regarded by many investors as reliable indicators of the overall future market direction. Using current Universal Health's option volume and open interest to make an investment decision is considered a contrarian-sentiment measure that can be utilized in many timing strategies in both derivative and spot marketplace.

Additional Universal Health Value Projection Modules

Most investment researchers agree that the mispricing and readjustment of any Stock value happens often and is sometimes even predictable, but there is no strong theory explaining why it happens. The current price of Universal Health is a key component of Universal Health valuation and have some predictive power on the future returns of a Universal Health.
Sophisticated investors, who have witnessed many market ups and downs, frequently view the market will even out over time. This tendency of Universal Health's price to converge to an average value over time is called mean reversion. However, historically, high market prices usually discourage investors that believe in mean reversion to invest, while low prices are viewed as an opportunity to buy. Please use the tools below to analyze the current value of Universal Health in the context of predictive analytics.
Hype
Prediction
LowEstimated ValueHigh
104.23106.32108.41
Details
Intrinsic
Valuation
LowReal ValueHigh
95.64124.42126.51
Details
Naive
Forecast
LowNext ValueHigh
106.21108.30110.39
Details
Earnings
Estimates (6)
LowProjected EPSHigh
11.5911.7211.80
Details
Please note, it is not enough to conduct a financial or market analysis of a single entity such as Universal Health. Your research has to be compared to or analyzed against Universal Health's peers to derive any actionable benefits. When done correctly, Universal Health's competitive analysis will give you plenty of quantitative and qualitative data to validate your investment decisions or develop an entirely new strategy towards taking a position in Universal Health Services.

Additional Universal Health Value Projection Modules

Most investment researchers agree that the mispricing and readjustment of any Stock value happens often and is sometimes even predictable, but there is no strong theory explaining why it happens. The current price of Universal Health is a key component of Universal Health valuation and have some predictive power on the future returns of a Universal Health.
Sophisticated investors, who have witnessed many market ups and downs, frequently view the market will even out over time. This tendency of Universal Health's price to converge to an average value over time is called mean reversion. However, historically, high market prices usually discourage investors that believe in mean reversion to invest, while low prices are viewed as an opportunity to buy. Please use the tools below to analyze the current value of Universal Health in the context of predictive analytics.
Hype
Prediction
LowEstimated ValueHigh
104.23106.32108.41
Details
Intrinsic
Valuation
LowReal ValueHigh
95.64124.42126.51
Details
Naive
Forecast
LowNext ValueHigh
106.21108.30110.39
Details
Earnings
Estimates (6)
LowProjected EPSHigh
11.5911.7211.80
Details
Please note, it is not enough to conduct a financial or market analysis of a single entity such as Universal Health. Your research has to be compared to or analyzed against Universal Health's peers to derive any actionable benefits. When done correctly, Universal Health's competitive analysis will give you plenty of quantitative and qualitative data to validate your investment decisions or develop an entirely new strategy towards taking a position in Universal Health Services.

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Also, please take a look at Macroaxis Advice on Universal Health to cross-verify analyst projections. Unlike analyst recommendations, Macroaxis provides advice only from the perspective of investor risk tolerance and investment horizon. Note that the Universal Health Services information on this page should be used as a complementary analysis to other Universal Health's statistical models used to find the right mix of equity instruments to add to your existing portfolios or create a brand new portfolio. You can also try Bollinger Bands module to use Bollinger Bands indicator to analyze target price for a given investing horizon.

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The data published in Universal Health's official financial statements usually reflect Universal Health's business processes, product offerings, services, and other fundamental events. But there are other numbers, ratios, or fundamental indicators derived from these statements that are easier to understand and visualize within the underlying realities that drive quantitative information of Universal Health Services. For example, before you start analyzing numbers published by Universal accountants, it's critical to develop an understanding of what Universal Health's liquidity, profitability, and earnings quality are in the context of the Healthcare space in which it operates.
Please note, the presentation of Universal Health's financial position, as portrayed in its financial statements, is often influenced by management's estimates, judgments, and sometimes even manipulations. In the best case, Universal Health's management is honest, while the outside auditors are strict and uncompromising. Whatever the case, the imprecision that can be found in Universal Health's accounting process means that the reasonable investor should take a skeptical approach toward the financial statement analysis of Universal Health Services. Please utilize our Beneish M Score to check the likelihood of Universal Health's management to manipulate its earnings.