Can This Stock Price Climb The Ladder: Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)?

As of late, the Street has taken a bit closer look at shares of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS). In the latest session the stock moved 4.04%, putting the stock value at $114.93.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) shares have performed 1.90%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 6.66%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are -6.61%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 1.39%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) have been seen trading -1.10% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 20.65% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -11.42% off the 52-week high and 20.65% away from the 52-week low.

EPS 

EPS is a portion of a company’s profit distributed to each outstanding common share.  It acts as an indicator of a company’s profitability.  EPS is considered to be the single most important variable in determining a the price of a share.  Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)’s EPS growth this year is 5.60% and their trailing 12-month EPS is 7.27.  As such, analysts can estimate Universal Health Services, Inc.’s growth for next year as 9.77%. 

RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

While looking at past performance of a particular stock is important when speculating on its future, we must take other indicators into consideration as well.  What are the returns?   Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)’s Return on Assets (ROA) of 6.70% is an indicator of how profitable Universal Health Services, Inc. is relative to their total assets. ROA gives us an idea of how efficient management is at using assets to generate earnings  We get ROA by dividing their annual earnings by their total assets.  Universal Health Services, Inc.’s Return on Equity (ROE) is 14.90%, measure their profitability and reveals how much profit they generate with the money their shareholders. We calculate ROE by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.  Finally, Universal Health Services, Inc.’s Return on Investment, a measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment, calculated by the return of an investment divided by the cost, stands at 10.10%.  Analysts on a consensus basis have a 2.10 recommendation on this stock.