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Going to benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act.
All plays on H.C are sage IMO as Obamacare is going to do the complete opposite of its' stated mission of driving costs down. THEY WILL BE DRIVEN UP, and any/all companies in the H.C.sector related to O-Sham-A-Care stand to profit handsomely.
Owns hospitals which will benefit from healthcare laws requiring everyone to have insurance.
As the population ages, and the government increases the number of people who have insurance, the number of people being hospitalized has to increase.
For 2012, this company paid out a total of $6.50/share in dividends - including a special $2.50/sh div in November and a second spec. div of $2/sh in December The yield was in excess of 23% for anyone with a cost basis of $28 (the y-t-d average price of the stock). Its an IBD Big Cap 20 stock with a rising chart. The base looks a little sloppy but iIMO thats only because the stock generally sold off the days before going ex-div. (again 2 divs in the last 2 months of the year). It has a p/e of 8 and a PEG of 0.74 (per yahoo finance). Finally, with Obamacare coming on, HCA should continue to do well in 2013.
Obama wins this should do well
New and Improving Earnings Opinion
The third jewel in today's healthcare triple play for me. HCA is the largest private hospital owner in the country with good exposure to the aging, retired, Florida population. Hospitals stand to increase profit going forward because of universal healthcare for two reasons. Fewer non-emergency ER visits for people that cannot pay, and more people receiving coverage for surgeries and other ailments that they will now seek treatment for. A new IPO, this company will trade at a discount to it's peers for the short term because of debt, but expect that brokers will start talking about it soon. I expect this to also start paying a dividend once the debt load is reduced more. HEalthcare to me is a long term growth opportunity and owning a hospital stock rounds out my exposure to the overall industry.
Too much debt; the only folks to make money on this deal work in the financial centers. Paying off that debt and making a profit for the stockholders probably will be at the expense of the care-givers and the patients.
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