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HCA admissions jumped in Q2

The largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator said admissions rose more than 1% in Q2 and that earnings and revenue also rose, pushing up shares for HCA Holdings (HCA) and the sector. Same-facility admissions rose 1.3%, up from a 0.1% gain in Q1. As a result of higher admissions, HCA forecast Q2 earnings of about 91 cents per share, up from 85 cents a year ago and above analyst consensus of 78 cents. The company expects revenue to rise 4% to $8.45 bil when it reports earnings on Aug. 1. Shares rose 4.4%.