The Case for and Against CVS Health Corporation (CVS)

CVS Health Corporation (CVS) is an interesting player in the Healthcare space, with a focus on Health Care Plans. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $72.50, down from yesterday’s close by -0.75%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

CVS Health Corporation (CVS) currently trades with a market capitalization of $74.00 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 3.51 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $8.24 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.9 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.46% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, CVS Health Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $84.72. It is now trading 12.22% off that level. The stock is trading $71.85 its 50-day moving average by -0.65000000000001%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $66.45.

In recent action, CVS Health Corporation (CVS) has made a move of -5.35% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 19.03, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 3.09% with $1.01 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of CVS.

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