Amsurg Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides ambulatory and physician services in the United States. The company operates through two divisions, Ambulatory Services and Physician Services. The Ambulatory Services division acquires, develops, and operates ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in partnership with physicians. The Physician Services division provides outsourced physician services to hospitals, ASCs, and other healthcare facilities primarily in the areas of anesthesiology services; children’s services, such as neonatal management services specializing in acute inpatient care and treatment of infants; emergency medicine services; and radiology services, including diagnostic, and interventional and tele radiology services to hospitals, imaging centers, and physician group practices, as well as other services.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Amsurg (NASDAQ: AMSG) below with added notations:
AMSG had trended higher since the end of 2014, but since August the stock has run into a rough patch. Several times during this patch, the stock has hit the same resistance at $87.50 (purple). Last week AMSG tried yet again to break out, but failed once more. A close above the $87.50 level should lead to a significant leg higher for stock.
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The Tale of the Tape: AMSG has a 52-week resistance at $87.50. The possible long position on the stock would be on a breakout above that level with a stop placed under it.
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