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How has Quest Diagnostics Inc.:(NYSE:DGX) performed recently?

Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE: DGX) is a large market cap stock with a market cap of 11963.42. It is in the Medical Laboratories & Research industry and sector Healthcare, with a current P/E of 15.01, a forward P/E of 15.74 and EPS of 5.72. At a stock price of 86.05 (0.30%) it has a dividend yield of 1.87%.

EPS growth for the last five years have been 4.10%, more recently this last year it has grown by 28.60%. The next year growth is going to be about 6.72% and more long-term 7.82% after five years. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 68.70%. Sales growth for the past five years have been 0.60% and sales growth quarter over quarter is -1.00%.

For performance, Quest Diagnostics Inc. the past week has seen a gain of 0.13%. For the last month performance for Quest Diagnostics Inc. is 2.67%. While the last quarter is 13.51% and half year, 40.05%. Finally for the year, performance is 21.49%.

The 52-week high for Quest Diagnostics Inc., is at -0.92%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 46.47%. The 20-day simple moving average is 5.47% and 18.98% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 0.86%, and for the month it is 1.18%. Quest Diagnostics Inc., has a target price of 82.5.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.85, and for total debt/equity Quest Diagnostics Inc. has 0.85. The gross margin is 38.70%, while operating margin is 20.70%, the profit margin is 11.00%. The current ratio is 1.4 and the quick ratio is 1.3.

Insider ownership is at 0.40%, with instituitional ownership at 96.90%. Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a payout ratio of 27.10%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 139.45. The shares float is 138.48, with the float short at 4.54%, with short ratio coming to 5.27.

In terms of returns, the return on assets see Quest Diagnostics Inc., get 8.20%, with its returns on investment at 12.30%. Return on equity is 17.90%. So will the investors see the target price of 82.5, reached soon?

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