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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 841.43, and so far today it has a volume of 4836. Performance year to date since the 3/29/1990 is 12.33%.

To help you determine whether Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 22.96 and forward P/E is 14.25. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a value for PEG of 2.28. P/S ratio is 1.52 and the P/B ratio is 2.67. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 22.36 and 16.87 respectively.

At the current price Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings is trading at, 139.35 (0.33% 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 6.05, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 10.50% after growing -26.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -42.20%, and -46.40% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 102.98, and the number of shares float is 101.94. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.30%, and institutional ownership is at 98.90%. The float short is 3.02%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.66. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.40%, 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 2.1, and quick ratio is 1.9. Long term debt/equity is 1.12 and total debt/equity is 1.14. In terms of margins, Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a gross margin of 33.00%, with its operating margin at 12.90%, and Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings has a profit margin of 6.60%.

The 52 week high is -1.39%, with 42.50% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 3.75% and the 200 day simple moving average is 13.74%.

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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