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  • jefferdr jefferdr Apr 15, 1999 9:34 AM Flag

    Merrill Says Great things about HMA tod

    I just checked Bloomberg, and Merrill says that
    HMA looks great. HMA presented at their Health Care
    Conference yesterday, and HMA's CEO said that this quarter
    would be the 42nd consecutive Q with Earnings growth.
    Merrill analysts raised their near-term Price Target to
    18 on HMA, saying that HMA continues to expand,
    execute, and impress.

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    • They made .16 last March so they only need .17 or
      .18 to have "growth." I read the Merrill Report with
      some small sense of forboding because they did not
      apparently say they would make the current First Call
      estimate of .19. Am I wrong about this or am I being
      overly sensitive?

      I'm long 2000 shares that I
      bought recently at 10 3/4 and 11 1/2.

      • 2 Replies to denyoung
      • is now showing .17 rather than the .18 of the last two weeks and .02 under the consensus. Any comments?

      • You might be right. S&P May 10 report on HMA
        suggests top-line will be impacted by lower occupancy
        rates and the dilutive effect of acquisitions. They
        lowered their FY1999 estimate to 0.65 from 0.70 . Set
        against this may be (IMO) the effect of what, hopefully,
        is sector rotation in the overall market which
        appears to be already having some effect on prices. Guess
        what I'm trying to say is that IMO effect of lower
        earnings may be offset by increased buying pressure
        resulting from sector rotation. Overall we have a good
        stock for the long run. HMA may pull something out of
        the hat on 20th, but don't bank on it

    • Think it was found from the index on left hand
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    • Health Mgmt. Assoc. Rated New `Outperform' at
      Morgan Stanley DW

      Bloomberg News
      April 27,
      1999, 5:55 a.m. PT
      Princeton, New Jersey, April 27
      (Bloomberg Data) -- Health Mgmt
      Associates Inc. (HMA US)
      was rated ``outperform'' in new coverage by
      Andrew Bhak at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. The 12-month
      target price is $20.00
      per share.

      More News:

    • Another bulletin from the Department of
      Incidental Intelligence( DII) !1 Noticed in Barrons that
      short interest is about 2.3 million shares, it hasn't
      changed much over the last month either.I take this to be
      a good omen, being a very small percentage of total
      outstanding stock, less than one percent. All we need now is
      the patience to wait for the earnings from the recent
      acquisitions to kick into the bottom line.According to HMA it
      typically takes from 1-3 years for an acquisition to come
      "up to Speed".Just ignore the day to day variations
      and watch the trendlines

    • Looks like the 50 day moving average acted as support and given that it is moving up fast HMA should be up over the next few days.

    • LPNT is the symbol, just started trading today
      nearly 3mill shares! ! ! and it is up $1+ within a
      dollar of HMA!

      Compare the asset, debt and rev
      potential of the two. LPNT is 94% leveraged and they got a
      'buy' rating!!! Also, Frist's son is on the Board. I
      don't think Frist sent his son to a dead end co. Take
      note, T Frist jr. spent two years as a 'special
      assistant' to Richard Rainwater. The balls in play boys!
      heads up!

      Also, I find it most interesting Uwe
      Reinhardt, the noted health care economist is on the
      LifePoint Board!

      Bill, Earl, are you ready?? LQQks
      like the generational torch has been passed to Scott
      Mercy and T jr. Scott's dad was an old HCA guy who died
      at a young age and T. sr. took him under his


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    • ...and on having a party the very next time HMA has an up day.

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