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Is Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings(NYSE: LH), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 3/29/1990. Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings is in the Medical Laboratories & Research industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, is 935.46, and so far today it has a volume of 387461. Performance year to date since the 3/29/1990 is 10.64%.

To help you determine whether Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 23.65 and forward P/E is 14.08. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a value for PEG of 2.35. P/S ratio is 1.52 and the P/B ratio is 2.69. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 20.14 and 15.6 respectively.

At the current price Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings is trading at, 137.97 (0.86% today), Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a dividend yield of *TBA, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 0.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.78, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 10.54% after growing -26.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 5067.70%, and 32.10% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 102.5, and the number of shares float is 102.03. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.30%, and institutional ownership is at 95.30%. The float short is 2.96%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.23. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.20%, and also a return on investment of 6.30%.

The ability for Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.7, and quick ratio is 1.6. Long term debt/equity is 1.16 and total debt/equity is 1.24. In terms of margins, Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a gross margin of 33.00%, with its operating margin at 12.70%, and Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a profit margin of 6.40%.

The 52 week high is 0.36%, with 41.09% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 6.53% and the 200 day simple moving average is 14.90%.

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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