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Is Quest Diagnostics Inc.(NYSE: DGX), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE: DGX) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/26/1996. Quest Diagnostics Inc. is in the Medical Laboratories & Research industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Quest Diagnostics Inc., is 1186.97, and so far today it has a volume of 367397. Performance year to date since the 12/26/1996 is 18.77%.

To help you determine whether Quest Diagnostics Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 16.11 and forward P/E is 15.32. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a value for PEG of 2.09. P/S ratio is 1.57 and the P/B ratio is 2.56. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 92.18 and 27.57 respectively.

At the current price Quest Diagnostics Inc. is trading at, 83.38 (0.28% today), Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.92%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 29.70%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.16, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 6.56% after growing 28.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 69.50%, and 1.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 141.9, and the number of shares float is 140.92. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.40%, and institutional ownership is at 96.50%. The float short is 5.62%, with the short ratio at a value of 6.67. Management has seen a return on assets of 7.50%, and also a return on investment of 12.30%.

The ability for Quest Diagnostics Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.4, and quick ratio is 1.3. Long term debt/equity is 0.81 and total debt/equity is 0.84. In terms of margins, Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a gross margin of 38.60%, with its operating margin at 19.00%, and Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a profit margin of 9.90%.

The 52 week high is -0.70%, with 41.93% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 6.36% and the 200 day simple moving average is 18.62%.

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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