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How to buy Community Health Systems stock

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Community Health Systems, Inc is a medical care facilities business based in the US. Community Health Systems shares (CYH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Community Health Systems employs 55,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$11.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Community Health Systems

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Community Health Systems. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CYH. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Community Health Systems reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Community Health Systems, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Community Health Systems. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Community Health Systems share price

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Community Health Systems shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-02.
52-week rangeUSD$2.25 - USD$11.45
50-day moving average USD$9.2691
200-day moving average USD$7.0923
Wall St. target priceUSD$8.16
PE ratio 1.9112
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.39

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Is it a good time to buy Community Health Systems stock?

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Is Community Health Systems under- or over-valued?

Valuing Community Health Systems stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Community Health Systems's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Community Health Systems's P/E ratio

Community Health Systems's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 2x. In other words, Community Health Systems shares trade at around 2x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Community Health Systems's EBITDA

Community Health Systems's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Community Health Systems's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Community Health Systems financials

Revenue TTM USD$11.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.89%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.28%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 4.34%
Book value $-16.094
Market capitalisation USD$1.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Community Health Systems shares

There are currently 5.3 million Community Health Systems shares held short by investors – that's known as Community Health Systems's "short interest". This figure is 1.6% up from 5.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Community Health Systems shares can be evaluated.

Community Health Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Community Health Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Community Health Systems shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Community Health Systems shares traded daily (recently around 2.3 million). Community Health Systems's SIR currently stands at 2.31. In other words for every 100,000 Community Health Systems shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2310 shares are currently held short.

However Community Health Systems's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Community Health Systems shares, or, against the total number of tradable Community Health Systems shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Community Health Systems's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Community Health Systems shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0682% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Community Health Systems shares, roughly 68 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Community Health Systems.

Find out more about how you can short Community Health Systems stock.

Community Health Systems share dividends

We're not expecting Community Health Systems to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Community Health Systems's shares ever split?

Community Health Systems's shares were split on a 121:100 basis on 22 April 2016. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 121 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Community Health Systems shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 17.4% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Community Health Systems shares which in turn could have impacted Community Health Systems's share price.

Community Health Systems share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Community Health Systems's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.25 up to $11.45. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CYH.US volatility(beta: 1.97)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Community Health Systems's is 1.9685. This would suggest that Community Health Systems's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Community Health Systems overview

Community Health Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns, leases, and operates general acute care hospitals in the United States. It offers general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric, and rehabilitation services, as well as skilled nursing and home care services. The company also provides outpatient services at primary care practices, urgent care centers, free-standing emergency departments, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging and diagnostic centers, retail clinics, and via direct-to-consumer virtual health visits. As of December 31, 2020, it owned or leased 89 hospitals, including 87 general acute care hospitals and two stand-alone rehabilitation or psychiatric hospitals with an aggregate of 14,110 licensed beds. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

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