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Is Centene Corp.(NYSE: CNC), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Centene Corp. (NYSE: CNC) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/13/2001. Centene Corp. is in the Health Care Plans industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Centene Corp., is 1618.17, and so far today it has a volume of 1376100. Performance year to date since the 12/13/2001 is -5.64%.

To help you determine whether Centene Corp. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 24.8 and forward P/E is 12.78. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Centene Corp. has a value for PEG of 1.42. P/S ratio is 0.36 and the P/B ratio is 1.92. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 3.95 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Centene Corp. is trading at, 62.1 (0.32% today), Centene Corp. has a dividend yield of *TBA, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 0.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.5, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 11.29% after growing 29.90% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 36.70%, and 97.90% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 172.5, and the number of shares float is 167.82. The senior management bring insider ownership to 3.40%, and institutional ownership is at 95.00%. The float short is 4.10%, with the short ratio at a value of 4.25. Management has seen a return on assets of 2.70%, and also a return on investment of 10.80%.

The ability for Centene Corp., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is 0.66 and total debt/equity is 0.81. In terms of margins, Centene Corp. has a gross margin of *TBA, with its operating margin at 2.70%, and Centene Corp. has a profit margin of 1.20%.

The 52 week high is -17.82%, with 31.12% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -9.07% and the 200 day simple moving average is -3.14%.

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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