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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 12199.33. It is in the Medical Laboratories & Research industry and sector Healthcare, with a current P/E of 16.53, a forward P/E of 15.73 and EPS of 5.16. At a stock price of 86.26 (1.11%) it has a dividend yield of 1.88%.

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 6.27% and more long-term 7.82% after five years. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 69.50%. Sales growth for the past five years have been 0.60% and sales growth quarter over quarter is 1.30%.

For performance, Quest Diagnostics Inc. the past week has seen a gain of 1.54%. For the last month performance for Quest Diagnostics Inc. is 9.57%. While the last quarter is 13.81% and half year, 34.38%. Finally for the year, performance is 18.42%.

The 52-week high for Quest Diagnostics Inc., is at 0.89%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 46.83%. The 20-day simple moving average is 8.37% and 21.35% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 1.34%, and for the month it is 1.28%. Quest Diagnostics Inc., has a target price of 82.04.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.81, and for total debt/equity Quest Diagnostics Inc. has 0.84. The gross margin is 38.60%, while operating margin is 19.00%, the profit margin is 9.90%. The current ratio is 1.4 and the quick ratio is 1.3.

Insider ownership is at 0.40%, with instituitional ownership at 97.10%. Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a payout ratio of 29.70%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 143. The shares float is 140.92, with the float short at 5.62%, with short ratio coming to 6.58.

In terms of returns, the return on assets see Quest Diagnostics Inc., get 7.50%, with its returns on investment at 12.30%. Return on equity is 16.40%. So will the investors see the target price of 82.04, reached soon?

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