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Is Quest Diagnostics Inc.(NYSE: DGX), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE: DGX) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/26/1996. Quest Diagnostics Inc. is in the Medical Laboratories & Research industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Quest Diagnostics Inc., is 1203.85, and so far today it has a volume of 1627500. Performance year to date since the 12/26/1996 is 17.64%.

To help you determine whether Quest Diagnostics Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 14.41 and forward P/E is 15.12. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a value for PEG of 1.84. P/S ratio is 1.53 and the P/B ratio is 2.54. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 40.55 and 31.88 respectively.

At the current price Quest Diagnostics Inc. is trading at, 82.36 (-0.56% today), Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.94%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 27.10%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.72, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 6.68% after growing 28.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 68.70%, and -1.00% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 139.33, and the number of shares float is 138.48. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.40%, and institutional ownership is at 96.60%. The float short is 4.68%, with the short ratio at a value of 5.38. Management has seen a return on assets of 8.20%, and also a return on investment of 12.30%.

The ability for Quest Diagnostics Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.4, and quick ratio is 1.3. Long term debt/equity is 0.85 and total debt/equity is 0.85. In terms of margins, Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a gross margin of 38.70%, with its operating margin at 20.70%, and Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a profit margin of 11.00%.

The 52 week high is -5.17%, with 40.19% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -1.30% and the 200 day simple moving average is 12.12%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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