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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Healthcare Stocks to Watch Amid the ACA Constitutionality Debate

    On July 9, the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality was debated in the US Court of Appeals. How did healthcare stocks react?

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Are Recommending for These Three Hospital Stocks

    After a relatively lackluster performance in 2017, the three major for-profit hospital stocks in the US have seen a rapid rise in 2018.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    S&P 500’s Top Gainers: FLIR Systems Rose to Record Highs

    FLIR Systems was the S&P 500’s top gainer on July 25. FLIR Systems opened higher on July 25 and rose to record high price levels.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High Yield Bond Issuance Fell in December on Rate Hike, Holidays

    Let’s look at the high yield bond markets. Junk bond issuers stayed away from the primary market for three successive weeks in December due to holidays.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Basic Materials

    Why did Omega Advisors buy Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold shares?

    Omega Advisors Inc. is a New York–based investment advisory firm founded in 1991 by Leon G. Cooperman. Omega started a 1.43% position in Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    How Ramsay Health Care Became a Cost Leader

    Ramsay Health Care is a market leader in private healthcare in Australia, treating almost 3 million patients each year.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What the Advisory Board’s Health Business Expects from Technology Sales

    In 1Q17, the Advisory Board earned a major part of its healthcare business revenues from consultancy services, but it expects to see higher demand for health tech.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Healthcare Sector Updates for May 22–26, 2017

    If the US Senate passes the AHCA, the CBO estimates that ~23 million people could become uninsured by 2026. The CBO projects that Medicaid spending could fall $880 billion in the next ten years.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Auto-Enrollment in Obamacare Outdo the Individual Mandate?

    Auto-enrollment is now being considered as an alternative to the individual mandate of Obamacare—something that would reduce the current penalty to $0.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Miscellaneous

    Which Hospital Stocks Are Expected to Benefit Most?

    Trumpcare’s failure is considered to be a boon by hospital companies treating a significant portion of Medicaid members.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Miscellaneous

    Hospital Industry Reacts to the Failed Healthcare Bill

    On March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled back the American Health Care Act, also known as “Trumpcare,” before votes were cast.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    KKR Portfolio to Rise on Broad Markets and Private Holdings in 2017

    KKR (KKR) is expected to post earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.49 in 1Q17 as compared to a loss per share of $0.65 in the corresponding quarter last year.

    By Robert Karr
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    KKR Stock Rises on Strong Operating Performance in 3Q

    KKR & Company has seen a recovery after substantial losses in 1Q16. In 3Q16, it posted EPS of $0.71, beating Wall Street analyst estimates of $0.65.

    By Robert Karr
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Could Trump’s Presidency Affect Hospitals and Insurance?

    The effects of repealing Obamacare Donald Trump is definitely not in favor of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. As he wants to repeal the act completely and replace it with another policy, the hospital sector fell on November 9, the day after the election. Trump believes that providing healthcare facilities to illegal immigrants costs […]

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Driving KKR & Co.’s Improved Performance?

    KKR & Co. is expected to post earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.50 in 3Q16, compared to EPS of -$0.37 in 3Q15 and EPS of $0.23 in 2Q16.

    By Robert Karr
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    What’s Hampered UNCGX in 2016?

    The consumer discretionary sector has been the primary drag on the UNCGX in YTD 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    What’s the Sector Composition of the Ivy Global Growth Fund?

    The Ivy Global Growth Fund is not like most funds in this review because of its inclination towards US stocks.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Danaher Corporation’s Excess Returns Fail to Impress

    Earlier in this series, we looked at Danaher’s return on invested capital on a standalone basis. However, we were only looking at half the story.

    By Shannon Black
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Leveraged Loan Funds Had Small Inflows Last Week

    In the week ended August 3, 2016, leveraged loan funds saw inflows worth $60.4 million. In the previous week, leveraged loan funds had outflows of $15 million.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Leveraged Loans Issuance Skyrocketed Last Week

    According to S&P Capital IQ/LCD, US leveraged loans saw an allocation of $18.4 billion worth of dollar-denominated senior loans in the week ended August 5, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
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    The Ivy Global Growth Fund’s Portfolio Moves in YTD 2016

    The Ivy Global Growth Fund (IVINX) is not like most funds in this review. This is due to its inclination toward US stocks.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why KKR Expected to See a Revival in the June Quarter

    KKR & Co. (KKR) is expected to post EPS of $0.39 in the June quarter—compared to $0.88 in the same quarter last year and losses in the previous quarter.

    By Robert Karr
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Leveraged Loan Funds Witness Back-to-Back Inflows

    According to data from Lipper, leveraged loan funds saw an inflow for the second consecutive week. The quantum of inflows came in at $176 million last week.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Did Leveraged Loan Funds Break a 32-Week Streak of Outflows?

    Leveraged loan funds saw inflows in the week ending March 9 after 32 consecutive weeks of outflows. However, the amount of inflows was small at $55.0 million last week.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Fund Managers

    What Is the Ivy Global Growth Fund’s Strategy?

    The Ivy Global Growth Fund – Class A (IVINX) was incepted in April 1986 and has an expense ratio of 1.5%.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    DaVita’s Stock Reacts to the Merger with The Everett Clinic

    DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) was one of the biggest winners for the week ending March 4 with a return of 6.1%.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts Expect UHS’s 2016 Net Profit Margins to Rise Marginally

    Wall Street analysts have projected that Universal Health Services’ net profit margin will increase marginally from 7.5% in 2015 to 7.6% in 2016.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Growth in Acute Care Revenues Pressurize UHS’s Valuations?

    Universal Health Services’ acute care revenues rose by 10.9%, from approximately $4.2 billion in 2014 to $4.6 billion, in 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Changes in Behavioral Health Business May Boost UHS’s Valuations

    Universal Health Services’ behavioral health revenues rose by 9.7%, from $4 billion in 2014 to $4.4 billion in 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does UHS’s Valuation Compare to Other Hospital Companies?

    On February 26, 2016, Universal Health Services (UHS) was trading at a forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple of about 13.8x.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Emergency Visit or Expansion: What Should Investors Look For?

    On a same-facility basis, emergency visits at LifePoint fell by 1.8% year-over-year, leading to a fall in same-hospital equivalent admissions during 4Q15.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for LifePoint and Its Peers?

    LifePoint released earnings for 4Q15 and 2015 on February 12, 2016. Following the earnings release, analysts revised their recommendations on the company.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    How Has LifePoint Performed on a Same-Facility Basis?

    Same-facility admissions for LifePoint (LPNT) fell by 4.2% to 55,000 during 4Q15. During 4Q15, its equivalent admissions fell by 1.1% to 146,000.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    What Is the Reason for LifePoint’s High Salary and Wage Expenses?

    During 4Q15, salaries and benefits for LifePoint Health (LPNT) amounted to $652.7 million, up 6.6% in comparison with the same quarter of the previous year.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    What Key Factors Drive Revenue for LifePoint?

    What drives LifePoint’s revenue? Major revenue drivers for LifePoint Health (LPNT) include: Equivalent admissions Medicare case mix index Average length of stay Inpatient and outpatient surgeries Emergency room visits Outpatient factor To learn more about the company’s organic growth strategy, please refer to Organic growth strategy at LifePoint Hospitals. Admissions on a consolidated basis LifePoint’s consolidated […]

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for HCA Holdings?

    HCA Holdings released its 4Q15 and fiscal 2015 earnings results on January 28, 2016. In Bloomberg’s survey, 68.0% of the analysts rated HCA Holdings a “buy.”

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings Had Less Bad Debt Expenses in 4Q15

    In 2015, HCA Holdings’s bad debt expense—represented by the provision for doubtful accounts—totaled $3.9 billion. It rose by ~23.5% YoY (year-over-year).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings’s Strong Capital Expenditure Strategy for 2016

    In 2015, HCA Holdings deployed ~$2.4 billion in capital expenditure. It planned to increase capital spending to $2.7 billion in 2016.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings’s Operating Expense Ratio Fell in 4Q15

    In 4Q15, HCA Holdings spent about $8.1 billion on salaries, supplies, and other operating expenses combined—an increase of 5.3% from $7.7 billion spent in 4Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings Had Solid Inpatient and Outpatient Revenue Growth

    In 4Q15, HCA Holdings earned ~$6.1 billion in revenue from inpatient admissions. It also earned about $4.1 billion in revenue from outpatient admissions.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Solid Volume Growth Drove HCA Holdings’s Revenue in 4Q15

    In 4Q15, HCA Holdings’s core strategy of selecting key geographic markets continued to be a major factor. It contributed to the company’s strong volume growth.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BlackRock Shares Its Views on Fixed-Income Strategy for 2016

    BlackRock is not upbeat about fixed income in 2016. It’s more optimistic about stocks than it is about bonds, specifically European and Japanese equities.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Macy’s Clinched Top Position in SPY

    Stocks at the top of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on January 11 were Macy’s (M), Kohl’s (KSS), and HCA Holdings (HCA).

    By Renee Blakely
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mednax Issued Most Junk Bonds Back in December 2015

    Mednax is a national medical group. It had issued junk bonds worth $750 million on December 1. Mednax would use the proceeds of the loan for refinancing.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    High-Yield Bond Fund Flows in 2015: Not a Pretty Picture

    High-yield bond funds have become out of favor with investors. Recently, the ICI released weekly data on estimated fund flows for high-yield bonds funds.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    XLV Was Trading Higher after Paying Dividends

    The Health Care Select Sector ETF (XLV) rose by 1.1% and closed at $72.38 on December 23. XLV is trading well above its 20-day, 50-day, and 100-day moving averages.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did High-Yield Bond Issuers Avoid the Primary Market?

    High-yield bond issuance fell to zero last week due to two main reasons. Junk bond issuers stayed away from the primary market due to fears of default risk.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Clear Channel International: The Only Junk Bond Issuer in the Week Ending December 11

    An indirect and wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Clear Channel International issued $225 million in dollar-denominated junk bonds.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    XLV Review: How Did the ETF’s Subgroups Perform?

    On December 1, the healthcare-services subgroup outperformed all other subgroups in XLV with a return of 3.3%. The biotechnology subgroup returned 0.8%.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    XLV Trades Near 100-Day Moving Average, Rises 0.3%

    XLV closed at $71.56 on November 24, 2015, trading 0.35% below the 100-day moving average price of $71.89 and 0.2% above the 20-day moving average price of $71.40.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Qorvo and HCA Issued Most Junk Bonds

    Qorvo is a company involved in radio frequency systems and defense. It issued junk bonds worth $1.0 billion last week that were rated as Ba1/BB+.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services’ Behavioral Health Business in 3Q15

    Universal Health Services (UHS) is expected to benefit from its leading market position in the behavioral health business in 3Q15.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Universal Health Services Explores Growth Opportunities in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, Universal Health Services was actively involved in exploring growth opportunities, both in its acute care as well as behavioral health business.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services’ Net Profit Margin Expected to Rise

    Wall Street analysts expect that Universal Health Services (UHS) will report higher net profit margins in 3Q15 compared to margins in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Rise in Revenues Is Expected for Universal Health Services

    According to Wall Street, Universal Health Services’ 3Q15 revenues are estimated to be about $2.2 billion—growth of about 9.5% on a YoY basis.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Widening High-Yield Bond Spreads: Opportunity or Threat?

    Investors should note that high-yield bonds are risky securities to begin with. The add-on risk of widening spreads may not suit all types of investors.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    Carl Icahn’s Warning About the High Yield Bond Market Bubble

    In a recent interview with Fox’s Wall Street Week, activist investor Carl Icahn asserted that high yield bonds are becoming more risky than ever.

    By Stuart McKenzie
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High Yield Debt Issuers Return to Market after a Subdued Week

    Junk bond, or high yield debt, issuers returned to the primary market after looking out for the monetary policy announcement by the Federal Reserve in the previous week.

    By David Ashworth
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services’ Behavioral Health Segment Is Strong

    Universal Health Services’ behavioral health segment registered 14% growth in total revenue—from $946 million in 1Q14 to $1,076.3 million in 1Q15.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    1Q15 Earnings Preview: HCA Holdings Stock Up 12.6%

    HCA Holdings stock rose on positive developments that prompted a major healthcare ETF, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV), to add it to its portfolio.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings in 2015: Operating Expenses May Hit Margins

    HCA Holdings (HCA) operating expenses are expected to rise in 2015 as the hospital operator continues to employ more physicians. Salary per admission at the company is currently $5,600.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Admissions Expected to Drive HCA Holdings Revenues In 1Q15

    Same-facility inpatient admissions rose by 5.1% in 1Q15 on a year-over-year basis. Same-facility equivalent admissions, a measure of total inpatient and outpatient admissions, grew by 6.8%.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Fund Managers

    DaVita HealthCare Partners is New Stake in Lone Pine’s Portfolio

    DaVita posted 4Q14 net earnings of $208 million, or $0.96 per share, compared with $212.3 million, or $0.99 per share, last year.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Lone Pine Capital Holdings Traded During 4Q14

    Tiger cub Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital’s US long portfolio saw a slight fall from $25.5 billion in 3Q14 to $23.8 billion in 4Q14.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inflows in high yield bond funds remain positive, but fall

    Due to the fall in yields, returns on high yield debt were positive in the week ending February 27.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    Why Sandell wants to revamp Brookdale’s board

    Sandell wants Brookdale to revamp its board because It has no director with real estate experience and lacks in independent shareholder representation.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Organic growth strategy at LifePoint Hospitals

    LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) has adopted a four-pronged organic growth strategy to boost its revenues, a key element of which is physician recruitment.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LifePoint Hospitals: An ambitious acquisition strategy

    LifePoint Hospitals’ ambitious acquisition strategy is to buy hospitals in states that are adopting or are thought to be adopting Medicaid expansion.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hedge funds among top owners of LifePoint Hospitals

    The major hedge funds project that the Affordable Care Act will benefit LifePoint Hospitals and increase the company’s revenues.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LifePoint Hospitals’ geographic strategy

    LifePoint Hospitals’ geographic strategy is to provide medical and surgical services in mainly non-urban markets.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An overview of LifePoint Hospitals

    With 67 hospitals, acquisitions continue to strengthen its position in rural markets, especially where LifePoint Hospitals is the sole healthcare provider.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    UHS’s acute care segment performed better than behavioral health

    Although the increase in total admissions for behavioral health has been more than the acute care segment, revenue per admission declined for the former segment.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Did the payment method affect Universal Health Services?

    In case of behavioral health services, CMS uses a per diem type of fee-for-service payment method. Hospitals are reimbursed based on the length of a patient’s stay.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Universal Health Services’ payer mix differs from other companies’

    Universal Health Services (UHS) has displayed a trend in payer mix from 2011 to 2013 that differs from other companies in the healthcare industry (XLV).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Universal Health Services deserves a higher valuation

    Change “Ebitda” to “EBITDA” in both graphs.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A closer look at Universal Health Services’ acquisition activity

    Since 2011, the healthcare industry has seen a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, especially in the outpatient medical market.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Universal Health Services is expanding into the UK market

    Universal Health Services entered the UK market by acquiring Cygnet Healthcare, a leading behavioral health provider, in an all-cash deal of $335.0 million.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring Universal Health Services’ revenue streams

    Universal Health Services’ (UHS) net revenues increased by 4.6% from $6.96 billion in 2012 to $7.28 billion in 2013.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assessing Universal Health Services’ revenue mix and admissions

    Same-facility inpatient admissions and equivalent admissions in the behavioral health services segment increased by 3.2% and 3.5% from 2012 to 2013.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An investor’s guide to Universal Health Services’ service mix

    For-profit hospital operators each focus on one service line in addition to acute care services to reduce their business risk and earn sustainable profits.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring Universal Health Services’ major markets

    Universal Health Services (UHS) earns more than 50% of its total revenues from the Texas, Nevada, Florida, California, and District of Columbia markets.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Universal Health Service’s population growth–driven strategy

    Universal Health Services’ (UHS) strategy focuses on markets with above-average population growth in the US.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring Universal Health Services’ ownership structure

    The ownership structure of the healthcare sector is mainly dominated by institutional investors such as mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Unraveling the history of Universal Health Services

    Universal Health Services (UHS) has consistently provided good returns. Its performance surpassed that of the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Exploring payer mix trends at HCA Holdings

    In terms of payer mix, the percentage of HCA Holdings revenues contributed by Medicare rose from 28.0% in 3Q13 to 30.3% in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings sees operating expenses dip in 3Q14

    Salaries account for more than half of total operating expenses. HCA Holdings spent marginally less on salaries in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings outpatient services see revenue growth

    HCA Holdings earned 38% of its total revenue from outpatient services in 3Q14. The company also announced the acquisition of CareNow.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will tax subsidy structural changes affect the hospital industry?

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case deciding whether a tax subsidy should be provided to low- and moderate-income people buying insurance federally.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How will the Cadillac tax affect the hospital industry?

    The implementation of this tax, called the Cadillac tax, will take effect beginning 2018. Post-2018, the threshold will be indexed to general inflation

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What do falling oil prices mean for the hospital industry?

    Economic conditions like falling oil prices affect the healthcare industry with a lag. This makes the hospital industry a good investment option.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing the economy’s impact on national healthcare spending

    National healthcare spending is a major driver of the hospital industry. National spending on hospital care is expected to amount to $973 million.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the unemployment rate affects hospital performance

    The healthcare industry, represented by the Healthcare Select Sector SPDR, is affected by the unemployment rate. Income affects people’s health choices.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Gauging inflation’s effects on the hospital industry

    Inflation closely relates to the performance of the healthcare industry (XLV), as it affects the rates that hospitals charge and the costs of medical care.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why changes in interest rates affect the hospital industry

    Economic changes in interest rates affect hospital companies, depending on the company’s cost-structure and expansion strategies.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the important current trends in hospital admissions

    Hospital admissions are classified in two categories, inpatient admissions and outpatient admissions. Patients who are admitted overnight are inpatients.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Medicaid expansion leads to better hospital performance

    According to the ACA, Medicaid expansion programs involve states changing the eligibility limits of Medicaid coverage to include population up to 138% of the federal poverty line.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The health insurance marketplace affects the hospital industry

    These exchanges—also called “health insurance marketplaces”—sell federally regulated, subsidized health insurance to individuals and small businesses.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Must-read: Is the US hospital industry truly non-cyclical?

    The hospital sector is widely considered a non-cyclical or defensive industry, meaning demand for hospital services doesn’t change with the economic cycle.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring HCA Holdings’ operating expenses

    With solutions such as flexible staffing and optimal group purchasing provided by Parallon, HCA Holdings has better operating margins as compared to its peers.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing HCA Holdings with peers

    As a result of high operating performance, despite high debt levels, HCA Holdings stock is expected to perform better than most of its industry peers.

    By Margaret Patrick
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