Community Health Systems Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: The pop didn't last all day, but for a minute there, Community Health Systems (NYS: CYH) shares were up 11% in early trading.

So what: Let's start with earnings, where Community Health reported an 11.5% increase in revenue to $3.4 billion and earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.81, $0.03 better than estimates. The company also announced that it's buying a 358-bed hospital in Texas.

Now what: Shares spiked higher to start the day but ran out of steam right after the company's conference call began. With the company's results slightly better than expected and its shares trading at just 7.4 times forward earnings estimates, I think there's plenty of value in the stock at this price. Shares are still trading near a 52-week low, and I think they're ready to pop after this earnings report.

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