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

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 http://www.StockCall.com/HMA011713.pdf

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
[http://www.stockcall.com/HCA011713.pdf ]] [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.


        1) HCA Holdings Inc. Technical Analysis [
          http://www.StockCall.com/HCAHoldingsInc011713.pdf ]

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