Callahan Advisors Boosted Its Wal (WMT) Stake; Historic Lifepoint Hospitals Has 1.3 Sentiment

December 11, 2017 - By Peter Erickson

LifePoint Health, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in the United States. The company has market cap of $1.87 billion. The Company’s hospitals offer a range of medical and surgical services, such as general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, rehabilitation, and pediatric services, as well as specialized services, including open-heart surgery, skilled nursing, psychiatric care, and neuro-surgery. It has a 11.24 P/E ratio. The companyÂ’s hospitals also provide various outpatient services comprising same-day surgery, laboratory, X-ray, respiratory therapy, imaging, sports medicine, and lithotripsy.

Callahan Advisors Llc increased Wal (WMT) stake by 21.6% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Callahan Advisors Llc acquired 12,625 shares as Wal (WMT)’s stock rose 13.55%. The Callahan Advisors Llc holds 71,071 shares with $5.38 million value, up from 58,446 last quarter. Wal now has $287.35B valuation. The stock increased 0.47% or $0.45 during the last trading session, reaching $97. About 2.09M shares traded. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has risen 13.83% since December 11, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500.

Senzar Asset Management Llc holds 2.21% of its portfolio in LifePoint Health, Inc. for 133,700 shares. Dean Capital Management owns 67,143 shares or 2.17% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Profit Investment Management Llc has 1.86% invested in the company for 30,664 shares. The Quebec – Canada-based Pembroke Management Ltd has invested 1.85% in the stock. Sector Gamma As, a Norway-based fund reported 149,714 shares.

The stock increased 1.50% or $0.7 during the last trading session, reaching $47.45. About 94,283 shares traded. LifePoint Health, Inc. (LPNT) has declined 5.01% since December 11, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 21.71% the S&P500.

Ratings analysis reveals 0 of Lifepoint Hospitals’s analysts are positive. Out of 6 Wall Street analysts rating Lifepoint Hospitals, 0 give it “Buy”, 1 “Sell” rating, while 5 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $57.0 while the high is $68.0. The stock’s average target of $62.50 is 31.72% above today’s ($47.45) share price. LPNT was included in 6 notes of analysts from November 9, 2016. The stock of LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) earned “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse on Friday, November 11. The firm earned “Mkt Perform” rating on Wednesday, November 9 by Avondale. Mizuho maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $57.0 target in Tuesday, February 21 report. Piper Jaffray initiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Wednesday, January 4 report. On Wednesday, April 5 the stock rating was initiated by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. The rating was downgraded by Bank of America to “Underperform” on Wednesday, November 9.

Analysts await LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) to report earnings on February, 16. They expect $0.82 earnings per share, down 24.77% or $0.27 from last year’s $1.09 per share. LPNT’s profit will be $32.32 million for 14.47 P/E if the $0.82 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.80 actual earnings per share reported by LifePoint Health, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.50% EPS growth.

Among 37 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 21 Hold. Therefore 43% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 135 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, August 24 report. The rating was maintained by UBS with “Neutral” on Friday, February 12. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 15 by Cowen & Co. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by Telsey Advisory Group on Friday, November 18. The company was maintained on Friday, October 13 by BMO Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Wednesday, November 15 by Oppenheimer. Piper Jaffray initiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, October 21 report. The stock of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, August 9 by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, May 20. As per Tuesday, August 1, the company rating was initiated by Oppenheimer.

Investors sentiment is 1.02 in 2017 Q2. Its the same as in 2017Q1. It is without change, as 59 investors sold WMT shares while 517 reduced holdings. only 129 funds opened positions while 457 raised stakes. 877.29 million shares or 0.13% more from 876.16 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. First Eagle Investment Mgmt Ltd Liability Com has invested 0% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Peapack Gladstone, a New Jersey-based fund reported 41,249 shares. Howard Mngmt stated it has 5,590 shares. Associated Banc reported 0.16% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Omers Administration Corp has 0.03% invested in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Tower Rech Ltd Company (Trc) holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for 9,678 shares. Invsts Asset Management Of Georgia Ga Adv holds 0.18% or 3,432 shares. James Invest Research accumulated 0.59% or 253,159 shares. Advisors Management Limited Liability Corporation accumulated 5,870 shares. 85,090 are owned by Daiwa Grp. Park Oh holds 0.12% or 26,288 shares. Tradewinds Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 3,733 shares. Peoples Fin Services Corp stated it has 0.26% in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Karp Capital Mngmt has 5,392 shares. Bancorporation Hapoalim Bm accumulated 15,360 shares or 0.28% of the stock.

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