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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 1170.9, and so far today it has a volume of 226075. Performance year to date since the 12/26/1996 is 21.67%.

To help you determine whether Quest Diagnostics Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 14.9 and forward P/E is 15.63. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a value for PEG of 1.91. P/S ratio is 1.58 and the P/B ratio is 2.63. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 41.97 and 33 respectively.

At the current price Quest Diagnostics Inc. is trading at, 84.78 (-0.47% today), Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.88%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 27.10%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.72, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 6.72% after growing 28.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 68.70%, and -1.00% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 139.45, and the number of shares float is 138.48. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.40%, and institutional ownership is at 96.90%. The float short is 4.54%, with the short ratio at a value of 5.37. Management has seen a return on assets of 8.20%, 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 0.85 and total debt/equity is 0.85. In terms of margins, Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a gross margin of 38.70%, with its operating margin at 20.70%, and Quest Diagnostics Inc. has a profit margin of 11.00%.

The 52 week high is -2.38%, with 44.31% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 3.15% and the 200 day simple moving average is 16.63%.

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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