The hospital owner now forecasts full-year revenue of $36.5B-$37B and EPS of $4.40-$4.60, above a consensus of $36.4B and $4.22.
Same-facility admissions rose 2.8% Y/Y in Q3, and same-facility equivalent admissions 4.1%. Same-facility uninsured admissions and equivalent admissions respectively fell 14.8% and 8.9%, and same-facility emergency room visits rose 7.3%.
Bill Gross, set to start working for Janus (NYSE:JNS) on Monday, tells Barron's there will be a “bear markets for all assets” if the Fed raises its short-term rate to 4% in the next few years.
The Fed should target a rate of 2%, not 3.75-4%, to keep the economy in equilibrium, he says. Its current model fails to reflect structural changes in the economy.
Gross expects his fund to hold a "decent percentage" of short-term high-yield paper (10-25%), yielding 3-4%. "Both Janus and I like one-to-three-year high-yield paper issued by companies such as Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY) and HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA)."
(HCA +0.3%) acquires privately-held software firm PatientKeeper for an undisclosed sum.
PatientKeeper provides hospital order entry and charge capture software and mobile apps that enable physicians to access and work with patient information across a variety of hospital IT systems. Doctors at HCA hospitals have been using PatientKeeper for seven years.
Nevertheless, Goldman's list of 50 stocks which "matter most" to hedge funds has outperformed the S&P 500 on a quarterly basis 66% of the time since 2001. The stocks this quarter (posted in order of the number of funds in which a name is a top-10 holding):
A special call-out to Northstar Realty (NYSE:NRF), Visteon (NYSE:VC), SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE), Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC), and Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) for making the list of hedge fund hotels despite their relatively tiny market caps.
Money is flowing into hospital management firms today on bullish views about the impact of The Affordable Care Act. LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT +7.2%) leads the charge after it increased its earnings guidance earlier today.
Bain Capital and KKR lead an investors group that plans to offer 15M shares of HCA Holdings (HCA +0.5%) common stock for public sales pursuant to a shelf registration. The selling shareholders will receive 100% of the proceeds.
Hospital Corp of America (HCA) is among a number of suitors interested in acquiring Healthscope, an Australian hospital and pathology company being sold by private-equity owners Carlyle (CG) and TPG, the WSJ reports. A deal could be worth $5B.
Other prospective buyers for Healthscope include China's Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical and Malaysia's IHH Healthcare (IHHHF).
Alternatively, Healthscope could carry out an IPO.
TPG and Carlyle bought the company for $1.7B in 2010.
The White House has confirmed that Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning and will be replaced by Sylvia Burwell, the director of the Office of Management & Budget, assuming the latter is confirmed by the Senate.
Sebelius' departure comes after she said in October that she should be held "accountable for the debacle" of the launch of Obamacare, although the program did reach the government's target of 7M sign-ups by the end of March. She said yesterday that at least 7.5M people have enrolled.
One of Burwell's first challenges will be to work with health insurers as they set prices for Obamacare plans in 2015, which industry executives have warned could rise sharply.
WOW HCA hospitals take a hit on profit with new cuts they will strugle bad days ahead for pharma and esrx etc
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HCA Holdings Inc is a health care services company. It operates 165 hospitals, comprised of 159 general, acute care hospitals; five psychiatric hospitals; and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, we operated 115 freestanding surgery centers.