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HCA Healthcare (HCA) Competitors

$318.66
-0.04 (-0.01%)
(As of 05/28/2024 ET)

HCA vs. ALC, THC, UHS, EHC, ENSG, ACHC, SEM, USPH, BKD, and WOOF

Should you be buying HCA Healthcare stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of HCA Healthcare include Alcon (ALC), Tenet Healthcare (THC), Universal Health Services (UHS), Encompass Health (EHC), The Ensign Group (ENSG), Acadia Healthcare (ACHC), Select Medical (SEM), U.S. Physical Therapy (USPH), Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), and Petco Health and Wellness (WOOF). These companies are all part of the "health care facilities" industry.

HCA Healthcare vs.

HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) and Alcon (NYSE:ALC) are both large-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their media sentiment, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, community ranking, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

In the previous week, HCA Healthcare had 9 more articles in the media than Alcon. MarketBeat recorded 13 mentions for HCA Healthcare and 4 mentions for Alcon. HCA Healthcare's average media sentiment score of 0.87 beat Alcon's score of 0.43 indicating that HCA Healthcare is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
HCA Healthcare
9 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
3 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Alcon
0 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
1 Neutral mention(s)
1 Negative mention(s)
1 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral

HCA Healthcare received 1018 more outperform votes than Alcon when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 77.33% of users gave HCA Healthcare an outperform vote while only 61.72% of users gave Alcon an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
HCA HealthcareOutperform Votes
1197
77.33%
Underperform Votes
351
22.67%
AlconOutperform Votes
179
61.72%
Underperform Votes
111
38.28%

Alcon has a net margin of 10.96% compared to HCA Healthcare's net margin of 8.20%. HCA Healthcare's return on equity of 674.49% beat Alcon's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HCA Healthcare8.20% 674.49% 9.59%
Alcon 10.96%6.87%4.76%

HCA Healthcare currently has a consensus target price of $317.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.52%. Alcon has a consensus target price of $94.71, suggesting a potential upside of 7.34%. Given Alcon's higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alcon is more favorable than HCA Healthcare.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HCA Healthcare
0 Sell rating(s)
4 Hold rating(s)
12 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.75
Alcon
2 Sell rating(s)
1 Hold rating(s)
12 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.67

62.7% of HCA Healthcare shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.9% of Alcon shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of HCA Healthcare shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

HCA Healthcare has higher revenue and earnings than Alcon. HCA Healthcare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alcon, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
HCA Healthcare$64.97B1.28$5.24B$20.0615.89
Alcon$9.46B4.60$974M$2.1141.82

HCA Healthcare has a beta of 1.66, suggesting that its stock price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alcon has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

HCA Healthcare beats Alcon on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding HCA and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NYSE and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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HCA vs. The Competition

MetricHCA HealthcareGeneral medical & surgical hospitals IndustryMedical SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$83.46B$15.96B$5.00B$17.68B
Dividend Yield0.83%0.64%2.74%3.53%
P/E Ratio15.8910.89176.4825.83
Price / Sales1.280.672,386.6110.26
Price / Cash10.2013.5633.0715.71
Price / Book80.4717.594.945.08
Net Income$5.24B$917.90M$104.35M$975.92M
7 Day Performance-0.77%-0.15%-0.63%-1.61%
1 Month Performance3.90%7.31%3.85%4.32%
1 Year Performance20.52%13.92%5.47%23.08%

HCA Healthcare Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
ALC
Alcon
1.8071 of 5 stars
$88.23
-1.3%
$94.71
+7.3%
+11.6%$43.51B$9.46B41.8225,000Short Interest ↑
THC
Tenet Healthcare
3.9302 of 5 stars
$130.86
-0.2%
$113.19
-13.5%
+86.2%$12.78B$20.55B5.08106,500Short Interest ↑
UHS
Universal Health Services
4.8825 of 5 stars
$175.18
-0.7%
$187.64
+7.1%
+36.9%$11.72B$14.28B14.8596,700Positive News
EHC
Encompass Health
4.9155 of 5 stars
$83.47
-1.2%
$92.00
+10.2%
+39.3%$8.40B$4.80B22.5638,000Short Interest ↓
Positive News
ENSG
The Ensign Group
4.1834 of 5 stars
$118.93
-1.0%
$124.60
+4.8%
+34.3%$6.77B$3.73B31.3035,300Positive News
ACHC
Acadia Healthcare
4.4994 of 5 stars
$62.87
-1.1%
$87.56
+39.3%
-9.4%$5.83B$2.99B-449.0423,500
SEM
Select Medical
4.4979 of 5 stars
$33.26
+1.0%
$34.25
+3.0%
+22.7%$4.32B$6.66B15.8454,600
USPH
U.S. Physical Therapy
2.7137 of 5 stars
$101.49
-0.3%
$125.67
+23.8%
-0.6%$1.53B$604.80M82.516,720
BKD
Brookdale Senior Living
3.1654 of 5 stars
$6.70
-0.7%
$7.50
+11.9%
+95.3%$1.29B$3.02B-8.7025,200Analyst Upgrade
Short Interest ↓
News Coverage
WOOF
Petco Health and Wellness
2.4208 of 5 stars
$3.42
-4.5%
$3.09
-9.6%
-57.4%$1.05B$6.26B-0.6929,000Positive News

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This page (NYSE:HCA) was last updated on 5/29/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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