LHC Group (LHCG) Earns Media Sentiment Rating of 0.31

News stories about LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) have trended positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. LHC Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the health services provider an impact score of 47.404931382014 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

LHC Group (LHCG) opened at $63.00 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a quick ratio of 1.77 and a current ratio of 1.77. The firm has a market cap of $1,152.88, a PE ratio of 27.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.71. LHC Group has a 12 month low of $46.90 and a 12 month high of $76.14.

LHCG has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Craig Hallum reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective (up previously from $67.00) on shares of LHC Group in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Jefferies Group increased their target price on shares of LHC Group from $68.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 target price on shares of LHC Group in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of LHC Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 target price on shares of LHC Group in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $77.10.

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About LHC Group

LHC Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides post-acute healthcare services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospice agencies, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). The Company operates through four segments: home health services, hospice services, community-based services and facility-based services.

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