StockCall Research on Health Management Associates and HCA Holdings: Hospitals Brace for Potent Flu Season

StockCall Research on Health Management Associates and HCA Holdings: Hospitals
                         Brace for Potent Flu Season

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 17, 2013

LONDON, January 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

As the flu season reaches epidemic level in the U.S. StockCall financial
professionals have been studying the trend of some of the major hospital
stocks as we believe the current flu season will have an impact on these
companies' revenue. After yesterday's market close, our analysts put together
an early technical analysis for Health Management Associates Inc. and HCA
Holdings Inc. These free reports are just a click away at

Flu related doctor visits and hospitalizations have been on the rise recently,
as a significant number of states in the U.S. have been reporting increased
incidences of flu. Not only has the flu season hit harder this year, but it
has also arrived earlier. While analysts can agree that nobody likes the flu,
its affect on hospitals is being hotly debated. Some are projecting a surge in
revenue for companies like Health Management Associates Inc. (NYSE: HMA) and
HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA) on the basis that hospitals with a high
percentage of beds in the states that are being most affected by flu stand to
benefit, as volumes should increase. Our technical review on Health Management
Associates can be downloaded for free at

However, others believe that hospitals may suffer due to an increase in
emergency room visits by uninsured individuals, which lowers per patient
revenue rates. Health Management Associates and HCA Holdings [ Free Technical
Report on HCA ] ^[ ^1 ^] are scheduled to release their financial reports in
February with Health Management already anticipating net revenue of close to
$1.48 billion, Adjusted EBITDA expected to be between $253 and $260 million
and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to come in between
$0.19 and $0.21.

The focus on flu season may be a welcome change for hospitals, as they have
been going through a challenging time due to legislative changes. Same
hospital results for a number of industry players have been encouraging of
late though, and 2013 could be a positive year for the industry moving
forward. For its third quarter, 2012, HCA Holdings announced profits of $360
million due to a 2.1% surge in admissions. Will the flu season be a boon or a
bust for HCA on grounds on admissions this time round, the upcoming earnings
scheduled for early February will enlighten investors soon enough.


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