Select Medical Holdings (SEM) Receiving Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about Select Medical Holdings (NYSE:SEM) has been trending positive this week, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. The research firm, a subsidiary of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Select Medical Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.37 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave media headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 83 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted AlphaOne’s rankings:

Select Medical Holdings (NYSE:SEM) remained flat at $13.55 during trading on Thursday. The stock had a trading volume of 686,946 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.57 and a beta of 1.06. Select Medical Holdings has a 52-week low of $10.08 and a 52-week high of $15.15. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $13.13 and its 200 day moving average is $13.19.

Select Medical Holdings (NYSE:SEM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 23rd. The health services provider reported $0.12 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.10 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $1.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.05 billion. Select Medical Holdings had a return on equity of 9.53% and a net margin of 2.91%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.22 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Select Medical Holdings will post $0.85 earnings per share for the current year.

Several analysts have issued reports on SEM shares. Wells Fargo & Co cut Select Medical Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, January 30th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $17.00 price target on shares of Select Medical Holdings in a research note on Tuesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Select Medical Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 11th. TheStreet raised Select Medical Holdings from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 13th. Finally, Benchmark Co. started coverage on Select Medical Holdings in a research note on Friday, March 31st. They issued a “buy” rating and a $16.00 price target on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. Select Medical Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.50.

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In other Select Medical Holdings news, insider Scott A. Romberger sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.52, for a total transaction of $58,080.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 162,211 shares in the company, valued at $2,355,303.72. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 19.63% of the company’s stock.

About Select Medical Holdings

Select Medical Holdings Corporation is an operator of specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and occupational medicine centers in the United States. The Company’s segments include specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation, Concentra and Other. The specialty hospitals segment consists of hospitals designed to serve the needs of long term acute patients and hospitals designed to serve patients that require intensive medical rehabilitation care.

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