Jefferies Group Brokers Boost Earnings Estimates for Amedisys Inc (AMED)

Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group lifted their Q3 2017 earnings estimates for shares of Amedisys in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, according to Zacks Investment Research. Jefferies Group analyst B. Tanquilut now forecasts that the health services provider will post earnings of $0.55 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.53. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating and a $60.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Amedisys’ Q4 2017 earnings at $0.58 EPS and FY2017 earnings at $2.22 EPS.

Several other brokerages have also recently weighed in on AMED. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective on shares of Amedisys in a research note on Friday, September 15th. BidaskClub cut shares of Amedisys from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. Benchmark Co. upgraded shares of Amedisys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and set a $62.00 target price (up previously from $56.00) on shares of Amedisys in a research note on Thursday. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of Amedisys in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $61.00.

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Shares of Amedisys (AMED) traded down $0.14 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $56.25. 310,900 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 322,348. Amedisys has a 52-week low of $38.00 and a 52-week high of $65.91. The company has a quick ratio of 1.21, a current ratio of 1.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16. The company has a market cap of $1,913.69, a PE ratio of 26.98, a PEG ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.68.

Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The health services provider reported $0.56 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $380.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $384.59 million. Amedisys had a net margin of 2.88% and a return on equity of 14.68%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.36 EPS.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Federated Investors Inc. PA grew its holdings in shares of Amedisys by 2.3% in the second quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 1,929 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $122,000 after purchasing an additional 44 shares in the last quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Amedisys by 75.5% in the second quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 1,931 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $121,000 after purchasing an additional 831 shares in the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc purchased a new position in shares of Amedisys in the second quarter valued at $230,000. Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new position in shares of Amedisys in the third quarter valued at $205,000. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC grew its holdings in shares of Amedisys by 48.7% in the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 3,743 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $235,000 after purchasing an additional 1,226 shares in the last quarter. 96.36% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segments are Home Health, Hospice, Personal Care and Other. The Company is a provider of home health, hospice and personal care services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 327 Medicare-certified home healthcare centers, 79 Medicare-certified hospice care centers and 14 personal-care care centers in 34 states within the United States and the District of Columbia.

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