Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC) does about 3.64M shares in volume on a normal day but saw 3073720 shares change hands in Tuesday trading. The company now has a market cap of 35.57B USD and an enterprise value of about $37.99B. Its current market price is $61.37, marking an increase of 0.08% compared to the previous close of $61.32. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $74.70 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $41.62. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $61.79 and a low of $60.72.
Centene Corporation (CNC) has a 20-day trading average at $62.60 and the current price is -17.84% off the 52-week high compared with 47.44% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $63.96 and its 200-day simple moving average is $62.80. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 3.03%, which decreases to 2.47% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 42.58 to suggest the stock is neutral.
21 analysts observing the Centene Corporation (CNC) stock have set the 12-month price targets for the company’s shares at between $72.50 and $102.00. The consensus objective for the share price is $85.08, suggesting that the stock has a potential upside of 27.87% over the period. The median price target is 27.37% away from the current levels at $84.50.
FactSet Research has provided data showing that 21 brokerages have issued ratings for the stock. 0 analysts have rated it as a sell, while 2 advise that it is a overweight. 18 analysts have rated it as a buy and 1 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Buy and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Strong Buy the stock.
The company shares received a number of brokerage firm price updates over the past month, with the latest being on July 01, 2020 when SVB Leerink initiated the stock to “Outperform” and issued a price target of $78. JP Morgan upgraded the stock to “Overweight” from Neutral on February 05, 2020 at a price target of $88. Evercore ISI resumed its price target at $90.
The current price level is -2.06%, -4.10%, and -2.23% away from its SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200 respectively, with the CNC price moving above the 50-day SMA on September 01. Centene Corporation (CNC) stock is up 0.95% over the week and -2.74% over the past month. Its price is -2.39% year-to-date and 33.01% over the past year.
The stock last released its quarterly earnings report for quarter ended 6/29/2020, with the company’s earnings per share (EPS) of $2.4 below consensus estimates by -$0.03. The company’s next earnings report is expected on 10/27/2020, with forecasts estimating quarterly EPS at $0.96 and $4.87 for whole year. CNC’s earnings per share are forecast to grow by 10.20% this year and 18.10% over next year. Expected sales for next quarter are $28.45 billion, which analysts say will come at $110.49 billion for the current fiscal year and next year at $114.94 billion. In addition, estimates put the company’s current quarterly revenue at an average of $28.23 billion.
Its 12-month price target is $84.50. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to grow 27.87 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $72.50, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $102.00.
Outstanding shares total 579.19M with insiders holding 1.90% of the shares and institutional holders owning 81.16% of the company’s common stock. The company has a return on investment of 4.90% and return on equity of 8.50%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 21.48 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 10.67. The beta has a value of 0.61. Price to book ratio is 1.42 and price to sales ratio is 0.39.
According to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index has reduced its position in Centene Corporation (CNC) to 16,462,542 shares, mirroring a recent drop by -0.25%. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index dumped 41895.0 shares of Centene Corporation common stock bringing its total worth to about $1.07 billion at the end of recent close, SEC documents show. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index isn’t the only investment manager who changed stakes and is followed by Vanguard Mid Cap Index Fund, which sold off -0.11 million shares to end up with 14,213,950 shares worth $927.46 million. American Funds Growth Fund of Ame raise their holdings by 10.31% in the company over the course of the most recent quarter. It now holds a 2.44% position in Centene Corporation thanks to 14.16 million shares amounting to $923.62 million.