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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 2028.95, and so far today it has a volume of 956767. Performance year to date since the 12/13/2001 is 7.20%.

To help you determine whether Centene Corp. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 28.17 and forward P/E is 14.39. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Centene Corp. has a value for PEG of 1.6. P/S ratio is 0.4 and the P/B ratio is 2.18. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 4.41 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Centene Corp. is trading at, 69.37 (-1.68% 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 13.81% 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 169.31, and the number of shares float is 167.84. The senior management bring insider ownership to 3.60%, and institutional ownership is at 92.60%. The float short is 3.63%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.01. 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 -8.21%, with 46.47% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 2.22% and the 200 day simple moving average is 12.05%.

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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