HMS (HMSY) Given News Sentiment Rating of 0.17

Headlines about HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HMS earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.4225657166663 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of HMS (HMSY) opened at $17.21 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $1,435.73, a PE ratio of 59.34, a PEG ratio of 2.51 and a beta of 0.88. HMS has a 1 year low of $11.01 and a 1 year high of $20.90.

HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The business services provider reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $125.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $147.62 million. HMS had a return on equity of 7.93% and a net margin of 4.94%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.24 EPS. research analysts anticipate that HMS will post 0.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

HMS announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Friday, November 3rd that allows the company to buyback $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the business services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of research analysts have commented on HMSY shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 target price on shares of HMS in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $22.00 target price on shares of HMS in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of HMS in a research report on Sunday, November 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of HMS from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $17.00 target price on shares of HMS in a research report on Friday, November 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $20.39.

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HMS 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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