ValuEngine Downgrades CVS Health To SELL

For today’s bulletin, we take a look at CVS Health $CVS. We also provide a link to download a FREE STOCK REPORT on the company.
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CVS Health Corporation is a pharmacy innovation company. Its offerings include pharmacy benefit management services, mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, disease management programs, and retail clinics. The Company serves employers, insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations and other sponsors of health benefit plans, and individuals under the CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services, Caremark, CVS Caremark, CarePlus CVS/pharmacy, RxAmerica, Accordant, SilverScript, and Novologix names. CVS Health Corporation, formerly known as CVS Caremark Corporation, is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

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CVS announced earnings today for Q1 2018. The drug store giant reported earnings came in at $998 million, or $0.98 per share. This compares with $952 million, or $0.92 per share, in last year’s first quarter. The firm reported adjusted earnings of $1.50 billion or $1.48 per share for the period. Analysts had expected the company to earn $1.41 per share, so that was a nice beat. The company’s revenue for the quarter rose 2.7% to $45.69 billion from $44.51 billion last year.

President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo stated:

We generated solid results in the quarter, benefiting from higher prescription volumes within our retail pharmacy business and a lower effective income tax rate. At the same time, we continue to focus on long-term growth initiatives and to invest in process improvements and technology enhancements that will position us well to expand our reach in providing access to high-quality and more affordable care. We continue to innovate in the health care market. Recently, we introduced “Real-time Benefits,” a process to share plan design in real-time at the point of prescribing with the physician. During the first quarter, we also launched an initiative, “Rx Savings Finder,” to combat rising drug prices . This initiative provides improved visibility into drug costs at the pharmacy counter. These initiatives have benefitted consumers by improving transparency and lowering costs.

Shares were up in premarket trading today, but our models are not impressed. Overnight, we downgraded CVS from HOLD to SELL. We will have to see if analysts change their underlying financial calculations about the company and if any changes to earnings cause a re-evaluation of the forecast figures and a boost in status.

ValuEngine updated its recommendation from HOLD to SELL for CVS HEALTH CORP on 2018-05-01. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that CVS HEALTH CORP has the probability to UNDERPERFORM average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits UNATTRACTIVE Momentum and Earnings Growth Rate.

You can download a free copy of detailed report on CVS Health (CVS) from the link below.

ValuEngine Forecast
1-Month 67.43 -0.83%
3-Month 67.12 -1.29%
6-Month 64.67 -4.89%
1-Year 61.21 -9.98%
2-Year 65.81 -3.22%
3-Year 69.77 2.61%
Valuation & Rankings
Valuation 17.44% undervalued Valuation Rank(?) 80
1-M Forecast Return -0.83% 1-M Forecast Return Rank 9
12-M Return -17.03% Momentum Rank(?) 17
Sharpe Ratio 0.17 Sharpe Ratio Rank(?) 61
5-Y Avg Annual Return 3.65% 5-Y Avg Annual Rtn Rank 59
Volatility 21.06% Volatility Rank(?) 67
Expected EPS Growth 2.95% EPS Growth Rank(?) 21
Market Cap (billions) 77.95 Size Rank 99
Trailing P/E Ratio 11.00 Trailing P/E Rank(?) 89
Forward P/E Ratio 10.69 Forward P/E Ratio Rank 77
PEG Ratio 3.73 PEG Ratio Rank 7
Price/Sales 0.42 Price/Sales Rank(?) 87
Market/Book 2.07 Market/Book Rank(?) 53
Beta 1.02 Beta Rank 36
Alpha -0.27 Alpha Rank 20


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Steve Hach
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