HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Accern Reports

Press coverage about HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HMS Holdings Corp earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.4499199866389 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) opened at 17.43 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.46 billion, a P/E ratio of 49.66 and a beta of 1.08. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $18.69 and its 200 day moving average is $18.90. HMS Holdings Corp has a 12 month low of $15.94 and a 12 month high of $23.06.

HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, August 4th. The business services provider reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.02. HMS Holdings Corp had a net margin of 6.37% and a return on equity of 9.26%. The firm had revenue of $133.31 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $135.96 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.18 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that HMS Holdings Corp will post $0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on HMSY shares. UBS AG upgraded HMS Holdings Corp from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Zacks Investment Research cut HMS Holdings Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $21.50 price objective on shares of HMS Holdings Corp in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of HMS Holdings Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of HMS Holdings Corp from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $23.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. HMS Holdings Corp has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $23.06.

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In other news, insider Douglas M. Williams sold 13,140 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.78, for a total transaction of $233,629.20. Following the sale, the insider now owns 121,264 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,156,073.92. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Semone Neuman sold 14,546 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.00, for a total transaction of $276,374.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 122,685 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,331,015. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 3.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

HMS Holdings Corp Company Profile

HMS Holdings Corp. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in the United States healthcare insurance benefit cost containment marketplace. It provides coordination of benefits services to government, and private healthcare payers and sponsors. Its payment integrity services ensure that healthcare claims billed are accurate and appropriate.

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