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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) Anymore

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Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) investors: pay attention.

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What’s more, it’s important to study the newest info about Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS).

Hedge fund activity in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 38 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -3% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the most valuable position in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS). Viking Global has a $253.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Viking Global’s heels is Jacob Doft of Highline Capital Management, with a $68.8 million position; the fund has 5.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management and Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management.

As Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has experienced dropping sentiment from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of fund managers who were dropping their positions entirely in Q1. Intriguingly, Matt McLennan’s First Eagle Investment Management cut the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we track, comprising close to $40.3 million in stock, and Jeremy Green of Redmile Group was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $24.8 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in Q1.

How are insiders trading Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS). These stocks are HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA), LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT), Health Management Associates Inc (NYSE:HMA), Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH), and Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC). This group of stocks are the members of the hospitals industry and their market caps resemble UHS’s market cap.

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