U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (USPH) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research


Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE:USPH) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Saturday.

According to Zacks, “U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. operates outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics which provide post-operative care and treatment for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries. “

USPH has been the subject of a number of other reports. Jefferies Group LLC set a $63.00 price target on U.S. Physical Therapy and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, March 18th. Barrington Research downgraded U.S. Physical Therapy from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research report on Friday, March 17th.

Shares of U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) traded up 0.31% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $64.20. The company had a trading volume of 43,565 shares. U.S. Physical Therapy has a 12-month low of $48.71 and a 12-month high of $78.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $803.85 million, a PE ratio of 33.26 and a beta of 0.91. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $66.71 and its 200-day moving average is $66.88.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 17th will be given a $0.20 dividend. This is an increase from U.S. Physical Therapy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.25%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 12th. U.S. Physical Therapy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 35.05%.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in USPH. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in U.S. Physical Therapy by 115.3% in the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 1,701 shares of the company’s stock worth $106,000 after buying an additional 911 shares in the last quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC increased its stake in U.S. Physical Therapy by 28.0% in the third quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,830 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in U.S. Physical Therapy during the third quarter worth about $154,000. Tyers Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in U.S. Physical Therapy during the fourth quarter worth about $166,000. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its stake in U.S. Physical Therapy by 1.5% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 2,770 shares of the company’s stock worth $174,000 after buying an additional 40 shares in the last quarter. 96.70% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About U.S. Physical Therapy

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care, and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers and neurological-related injuries.

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U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (USPH) Upgraded to “Hold” by Zacks Investment Research


Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE:USPH) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Saturday morning.

According to Zacks, “U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. operates outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics which provide post-operative care and treatment for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries. “

Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on USPH. Barrington Research cut U.S. Physical Therapy from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a report on Friday, March 17th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $63.00 price target on U.S. Physical Therapy and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Saturday, March 18th.

U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) traded up 0.31% on Friday, reaching $64.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 43,565 shares. U.S. Physical Therapy has a one year low of $48.71 and a one year high of $78.00. The stock has a market cap of $803.85 million, a P/E ratio of 33.26 and a beta of 0.91. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $66.71 and a 200-day moving average of $66.88.

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.25%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, April 12th. This is a boost from U.S. Physical Therapy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. U.S. Physical Therapy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 35.05%.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Sei Investments Co. boosted its position in shares of U.S. Physical Therapy by 115.3% in the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 1,701 shares of the company’s stock worth $106,000 after buying an additional 911 shares during the period. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of U.S. Physical Therapy by 28.0% in the third quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,830 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the period. Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of U.S. Physical Therapy during the third quarter worth approximately $154,000. Tyers Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of U.S. Physical Therapy during the fourth quarter worth approximately $166,000. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its position in shares of U.S. Physical Therapy by 1.5% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 2,770 shares of the company’s stock worth $174,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.70% of the company’s stock.

About U.S. Physical Therapy

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care, and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers and neurological-related injuries.

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Marshall’s School of Physical Therapy invites community to White Coat Ceremony


The Marshall University School of Physical Therapy will hold its 5th annual White Coat Ceremony and Presentation Day at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the St. Mary’s Center for Education. The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that marks the student’s transition into a clinical environment, according to Program Director Dr. Scott Davis.

 

“The white coat is a symbol of knowledge, training and trust,” Davis said. “It is the responsibility of all physical therapists to meet or exceed that standard by providing compassionate and skilled care,” Davis said. “During the ceremony, students will pledge to follow the American Physical Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics for Physical Therapists, affirming their commitment to the profession and their future patients.”

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions, said he hopes members of the university community will attend this year’s White Coat Ceremony as it exemplifies the continued growth and development of Marshall University.

“Five years ago, we established a program that would serve the growing need for more physical therapists in our region,” Prewitt said. “Today, with the help of amazing faculty and staff, we can successfully say we have contributed to one of the fastest growing professions in the country. We feel very privileged to be a part of this growth and change at Marshall and believe me, it doesn’t stop here.”

Thirty-seven students will receive their white coats during the ceremony. It will take place in the School of Physical Therapy at St. Mary’s Community Conference Room located at 2847 5th Avenue in Huntington.

To learn more about Marshall’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, contact Davis at davis1090@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/physical-therapy.



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Twenty CSUN Physical Therapy Students Take the Field at Dodger Stadium


Growing up a few miles outside of Dodger Stadium, second-year California State University, Northridge physical therapy student James Choe spent many memorable days cheering on the Los Angeles Dodgers from the stands.

On April 18, Choe achieved a childhood dream when he was one of 20 CSUN physical therapy students in the renowned doctorate program honored at Dodger Stadium. These students were recognized for being recipients of the prestigious Roy and Roxie Campanella Scholarship. The scholarship is provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Roy and Roxie Campanella Foundation every year to CSUN students in the Department of Physical Therapy.

The students walked on the field before the Dodgers played the Colorado Rockies and stood in front of loud cheers from more than 37,000 fans as an announcer listed off each of their names to the crowd.

“This was the closest I’ve ever been to the field,” Choe said. “I’m just speechless. The relationship the foundations have with the CSUN physical therapy department is special. The scholarship is for $1,000, so it was a significant portion that can help pay for tuition.”

Dodger legend Roy Campanella was injured in a car accident in 1958 that left him paralyzed from the neck down. After moving to the West Coast, he settled in the San Fernando Valley to pursue a second career in community relations for the Dodger organization. He also spent time mentoring young catchers during Spring Training for the Dodgers. He sought out physical therapy treatments to help him with his condition, which eventually led to his Campanella Foundation funding scholarships for physical therapy students.

“All my father cared about in terms of providing the scholarships was that he could reward and show his appreciation to students who were following their dreams of becoming physical therapists,” said Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella-Roan. “Physical therapists turned my dad’s life around and gave him the motivation to live. It meant everything to him to be able to provide an opportunity for people following in that field.”

Through the partnership between the Campanella Foundation and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation the number of recipients has grown by five every year since 2015, and is expected to grow to 25 by the fall. Campanella-Roan credited the increase to the success of CSUN’s physical therapy program.

“If my mother and father were alive today, they would be so thrilled to see how the number of recipients has grown,” Campanella-Roan said. “The program at CSUN provides [students] with so many tools. Adding five more recipients each year is such a great opportunity and I know it would mean the world to my parents.”

For honoree Catherine Soliva, the scholarship validated that her hard work throughout school has paid off.

“Having the support [from the scholarship] means a lot because it shows that so many people are behind us — parents, friends and now even the Dodgers,” Soliva said. “All of us here are very committed and excited about the profession.”

On top of the 20 scholarships provided to CSUN students, the Dodgers select one student from the program each year to intern with the team for eight weeks during Spring Training. This year’s intern, Ryan Yoshida, said the experience was incredible and extremely beneficial.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity through the CSUN physical therapy program,” Yoshida said. “I was able to learn so much and really gain an appreciation for the day-to-day events and work that go on with a Major League Baseball medical staff.”

Sharing in the students’ appreciation of the Roy and Roxie Campanella scholarship was College of Health and Human Development Dean Farrell Webb.

“I’m very grateful to the Dodgers organization and Joni [Campanella-Roan] because what they’ve done is more than just give scholarships to students,” Webb said. “They’ve opened up life opportunities, which is something very few people get.”

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Hospital’s dance class for kids offers physical therapy and fun


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Dance Unlimited allows children with a variety of diagnoses to attend physical therapy while enjoying a fun class with other students.
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AKRON, OH — Walk into a Dance Unlimited class at Akron’s Children’s Hospital, and you’ll be sure to see smiling faces and excited students.

The program was created by former Cleveland Cavalier cheerleader and now physical therapist, Kellie Lightfoot. The class replaces typical physical therapy sessions for kids dealing with various diagnoses, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism.

Initially just one class with 13 dancers, Lightfoot now teaches three classes with 60+ students.  The kids learn a variety of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop.

The end result? Confidence, happiness, and some pretty cool dance moves.

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Physical therapist sees dream become reality | News


Ever since he finished college, Troy Herrman has worked in physical therapy.

It’s the profession he’s loved and enjoyed, simply for the aspect of helping people heal. Herrman wouldn’t have had it any other way for the past 18 years.

“I think the most rewarding aspect of physical therapy is watching someone become themselves again,” Herrman said. “We deal with individuals when they are hurting, they’re down, and it’s not their normal self. You get to work with these individuals and build them up and watch them improve. In the process they become a healthier version of themselves. That’s special when that happens.”

Along that path, Herrman has had a dream of opening his own business. After a month of putting a new work place together, he finally was able to see a goal he set for himself years ago come to fruition. On Monday morning, his own business, Herrman Physical Therapy and Wellness opened to the public. It is located at 2707 Broadway Ave. in Hays.

Up until late Easter evening Sunday, Herrman and family members — including his father-in-law and brother-in-law — worked to get the place ready to be open.

“They’ve been a huge help,” Hermann said of his family. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

A native of Ensign, Herrman graduated from Fort Hays State University, then from the University of Kansas in 1999. He and his family have been in Hays for the past 10 years. He worked at Hays Medical Center as a staff physical therapist, then managed the outpatient rehabilitation department for four years. In the next six years he was a physical therapist at Koerner Chiropractic.

Through the years, Herrman has built strong relationships through work and confidence in himself. He never let the hope of owning his own business elude him. The timing to do it now seemed right.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve gained as far as confidence is just that ability to communicate and bond with individuals, so that they know, ‘Hey, I know I’m going to be OK again,’ ” Herrman said.

The business is staffed by just himself and his front area assistant Mariah Legleiter. Herrman plans to eventually employ at least a few other individuals. For now though, it’s just about establishing the business and relationships with patients. Down the road everything else, he hopes, will fall into place.

“I want people to know they have a choice for physical therapy,” Herrman said. “When patients come here, they will see me every time and it will be a positive experience.”



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U.S. Physical Therapy Inc Stock Volatility Hits A Deteriorated Level





Stock Alert – But Not What You Might Think


Before we cover the full analysis we make a quick alert here that U.S. Physical Therapy Inc (NYSE:USPH) has seen its stock price move at a deteriorated level. We’ll go through the details below — but that’s the lede — the stock has been unusally quiet. If there was a post it note to summarize the stock movement in the last 30-days it would likely read “quiet time… too quiet?” The HV20 is 28.25% verus the HV20 of the S&P 500 at 6.43%.

Another bit to this alert of quiet time, which we cover in the article, is that while the historical volatility may be a deteriorated level, the real question that needs to be answered for option traders is not if the HV20 is low, but rather if the implied volatility that is priced for the next 30-days accuratley reflects what we’re about to see in the stock for the next month.

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This is a proprietary realized volatility rating created by Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz) based on a large number of data interactions for U.S. Physical Therapy Inc (NYSE:USPH) . We examine
the little used gem of daily stock volatility over a 20-day and 30-day trading period, as well as comparisons to the last year and the actual stock returns over the last three- and six-months
and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indices.

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As a heads up, in the “Why This Matters” section at the end of this article on U.S. Physical Therapy Inc (NYSE:USPH) , we’re going to take a step back and show really clearly
that there is actually a lot less “luck” in successful option trading than most people are aware of. This idea of an “option trading expert” is vastly over complicated
so those with the information advantage can continue to profit at the expense of the rest.

But before that, let’s turn back to USPH. Here are the exact steps that led us to this rating, and whether it’s a risk alert or a holding pattern.

USPH Recent Stock Volatility








Rating


Stock volatility using proprietary measures has hit a deteriorated level.



While stocks with USPH’s profile see a short-term quiet period, this is also one of those times
when a shake out volatility move could be on the horizon.
Let’s take a deep dive into some institutional level volatility measures for U.S. Physical Therapy Inc (NYSE:USPH) .

U.S. Physical Therapy Inc Stock Performance


USPH is down -6.9% over the last three months and up +2.5% over the last six months. The stock price is up +27.3% over the last year. The current stock price is $64.


USPH Step 1: Stock Returns



The one-year stock return does not impact the volatility rating since we are looking at a shorter time horizon. However, the rating does examine the 3-month returns and the
absolute difference between the 3-month and 6-month returns.

  The 3-month stock return of -6.9% is too small to impact the stock volatility rating for USPH.
  The small difference between the 3-month and 6-month stock returns does not impact the stock volatility rating for USPH.



USPH Step 2: Daily Stock Volatility Level


The HV30® takes the stock’s day to day historical volatility over the last 30-days and then annualizes it. The HV20 looks back over just 20-days — a shorter time period. Here is the breakdown for U.S. Physical Therapy Inc (NYSE:USPH) and how the day-by-day stock historical volatilities have impacted the rating:

  The HV20 of 21.7% is low enough that it has a downward impact on USPH’s volatility rating.

USPH Step 3: U.S. Physical Therapy Inc HV20 Compared to Indices


* The HV20 for USPH is substantially larger than that for both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 which raises the volatility rating.

* The HV20 for USPH is substantially larger than that for the Health Care ETF (XLV) which raises the volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.



           USPH
           HV20    
   S&P 500
HV20
   NASDAQ 100
HV20   
   XLV
HV20   
           21.7%    6.43%    6.07%    5.57%





USPH Step 4: Daily Volatility Percentiles and Highs

We also examine the annual high of the HV30 in our rating but in this case the 52 week high in HV30 for USPH is 34.5%,
which is not enough to impact the stock volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.



           USPH
           HV20    
   USPH
HV30
   USPH
HV30 High   
           21.7%    28.3%    34.5%





Final Stock Volatility Percentile Level: USPH


The final evolution of the volatility rating for U.S. Physical Therapy Inc is a comparison of the HV30 value relative to its past, which is neatly summarized in the percentile — a scoring mechanism that goes from a low of 1 to a high of 100.

 
The HV30 percentile for U.S. Physical Therapy Inc is 68%, which means the stock has seen elevated volatile price movement relative to its own past and
that has a small impact on the stock volatility rating.



U.S. Physical Therapy Inc Realized Volatility Percentiles



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U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (USPH) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research


Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE:USPH) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning.

According to Zacks, “U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. operates outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics which provide post-operative care and treatment for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries. “

Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Jefferies Group LLC set a $63.00 price target on U.S. Physical Therapy and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, March 18th. Barrington Research cut U.S. Physical Therapy from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research report on Friday, March 17th.

U.S. Physical Therapy (NYSE:USPH) opened at 64.00 on Tuesday. U.S. Physical Therapy has a 52 week low of $48.71 and a 52 week high of $78.00. The stock has a market cap of $801.34 million, a P/E ratio of 33.16 and a beta of 0.91. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $67.05 and a 200-day moving average of $66.87.

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The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 17th will be given a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.25%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 12th. This is a boost from U.S. Physical Therapy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. U.S. Physical Therapy’s payout ratio is currently 35.05%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in U.S. Physical Therapy by 6.3% in the third quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 927,868 shares of the company’s stock valued at $58,177,000 after buying an additional 54,747 shares during the period. Summit Global Investments purchased a new stake in U.S. Physical Therapy during the fourth quarter valued at $484,000. Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its stake in U.S. Physical Therapy by 209.2% in the third quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 319,373 shares of the company’s stock valued at $20,024,000 after buying an additional 216,073 shares during the period. Citadel Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in U.S. Physical Therapy during the third quarter valued at $530,000. Finally, Allianz Asset Management AG purchased a new stake in U.S. Physical Therapy during the fourth quarter valued at $381,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.70% of the company’s stock.

U.S. Physical Therapy Company Profile

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care, and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, sports-related injuries, preventative care, rehabilitation of injured workers and neurological-related injuries.

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Williams twins to continue career in physical therapy | Focus On Youth


Twins Jamaahl and Jermaine Williams are practically joined at the hip. Seniors at Morristown West High, they have quite a bit in common.

They share many of the same ideals and hang out with each other all the time. The twins love the game of basketball, enjoy hanging out with their friends and playing video games like NBA 2K17. But most importantly, they value hard work and have learned that it really does pay off.

“I made the basketball team for the first time when I was a freshman,” Jamaahl said. From this, he learned his hard work from before was time well spent. However, his brother’s success came a year later. “I didn’t make the basketball team in ninth grade so I worked really hard to make the team,” Jermaine said. “It taught me that hard work pays off.”

They both plan to attend Walters State Community College to eventually study physical therapy later down the road. However, Jermaine is also interested in athletic training and coaching because he loves sports and helping people.

This is where they start to differ. Jamaahl’s role model is Allen Iverson, who inspired him to play basketball. “He doesn’t care what other people think,” Jamaahl said.

Jamaahl also thinks a major challenge facing young people today is staying on their cell phones too much. He recognizes a big problem in America is gun violence. If he could, he said he would probably make more restrictions on the law.

His most exciting experience was spending time with his friends at Carowinds on the roller coasters.

Jermaine, however, thinks just a little differently. His role model is his mother. “Seeing her get up for work every day and working hard to take care of me is what inspires me,” Jermaine said.

Drugs and alcohol, Jermaine thinks, is the biggest problem for the youth of today but he’s not sure how he would solve it. Politics is great issue in America, he says, but again, solving this problem will take some serious thinking.

He has found the first time he scored in a basketball game to be the most exciting moment he has experienced in his life.

The twins both advise underclassmen to take their grades seriously throughout high school, especially from freshman year. Working hard during all four years is crucial for success.

Both especially enjoyed their trip to Jekyll Island in Georgia for the beach and the wildlife.

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Gerding seeks physical therapist program | Focus On Youth


ATV motocross racer Caleb Gerding comes out of the gate with a sense of determination.

“The amount of adrenaline and focus you have before the gate opens is a one of the most intense experiences I have felt,” he said.

However, Gerding said he has overcome multiple injuries. “Overcoming these injuries has taught me to not let a setback get in my head,” Gerding said.

A senior at Claiborne County High, he has decided on a career in physical therapy. He plans to attend Walters State Community College for two years and then try to get into a physical therapist assistant program. “I had physical therapy on my knees  and found that I want to help other recover from injuries,” he said.

His hardworking attitude is due, in part, to inspiration from his father. “He is probably the hardest working, most determined person I know,” Gerding said.

Gerding thinks today’s young people have trouble balancing their school and social lives. Possessing time management skills, he says, is how his generation can break this barrier.

He thinks a big challenge in America today is prejudice. “If we could all unite the country as a whole we would be stronger, safer and more economically well off, he said.

He is the son of Bernetta and Phillip Gerding.



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