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Is Cardinal Health, Inc.(NYSE: CAH), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/31/1987. Cardinal Health, Inc. is in the Drugs Wholesale industry and Services sector. Average volume for Cardinal Health, Inc., is 2183.66, and so far today it has a volume of 2467900. Performance year to date since the 12/31/1987 is -13.69%.

To help you determine whether Cardinal Health, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 17.54 and forward P/E is 12.14. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Cardinal Health, Inc. has a value for PEG of 1.55. P/S ratio is 0.2 and the P/B ratio is 3.75. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 10.42 and 12.31 respectively.

At the current price Cardinal Health, Inc. is trading at, 75.79 (-2.46% today), Cardinal Health, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.37%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 35.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 4.32, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 11.59% after growing 19.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 15.40%, and 13.90% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 324, and the number of shares float is 319.26. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.30%, and institutional ownership is at 88.80%. The float short is 2.77%, with the short ratio at a value of 4.05. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.30%, and also a return on investment of 13.30%.

The ability for Cardinal Health, Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.1, and quick ratio is 0.6. Long term debt/equity is 0.76 and total debt/equity is 0.85. In terms of margins, Cardinal Health, Inc. has a gross margin of 5.40%, with its operating margin at 2.00%, and Cardinal Health, Inc. has a profit margin of 1.20%.

The 52 week high is -15.18%, with 4.69% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -5.53% and the 200 day simple moving average is -5.42%.

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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