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Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings is a diagnostics & research business based in the US. Laboratory Corporation of America shares (LH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Laboratory Corporation of America employs 65,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$11.5 billion.

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Laboratory Corporation of America share price

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Laboratory Corporation of America shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-21.
Latest market closeUSD$184.33
52-week rangeUSD$98.02 - USD$201.88
50-day moving average USD$183.1962
200-day moving average USD$167.3315
Wall St. target priceUSD$228.47
PE ratio 49.7446
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.709

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Is it a good time to buy Laboratory Corporation of America stock?

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Laboratory Corporation of America price performance over time

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Is Laboratory Corporation of America under- or over-valued?

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

Laboratory Corporation of America's P/E ratio

Laboratory Corporation of America's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, Laboratory Corporation of America shares trade at around 50x recent earnings.

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

Laboratory Corporation of America's PEG ratio

Laboratory Corporation of America's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.161. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Laboratory Corporation of America's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Laboratory Corporation of America's EBITDA

Laboratory Corporation of America's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Laboratory Corporation of America's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Laboratory Corporation of America financials

Revenue TTM USD$11.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.54%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.65%
Return on equity TTM 4.99%
Profit margin 3.16%
Book value $75.567
Market capitalisation USD$17.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Laboratory Corporation of America shares

There are currently 1.4 million Laboratory Corporation of America shares held short by investors – that's known as Laboratory Corporation of America's "short interest". This figure is 1.3% down from 1.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Laboratory Corporation of America shares can be evaluated.

Laboratory Corporation of America's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Laboratory Corporation of America's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Laboratory Corporation of America shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Laboratory Corporation of America shares traded daily (recently around 804163.06818182). Laboratory Corporation of America's SIR currently stands at 1.76. In other words for every 100,000 Laboratory Corporation of America shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1760 shares are currently held short.

However Laboratory Corporation of America's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Laboratory Corporation of America shares, or, against the total number of tradable Laboratory Corporation of America shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Laboratory Corporation of America's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Laboratory Corporation of America shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0165% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Laboratory Corporation of America shares, roughly 17 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 Laboratory Corporation of America.

Find out more about how you can short Laboratory Corporation of America stock.

Laboratory Corporation of America's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Laboratory Corporation of America.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Laboratory Corporation of America's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 19.26

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Laboratory Corporation of America's overall score of 19.26 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Laboratory Corporation of America is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Laboratory Corporation of America's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.17/100

Laboratory Corporation of America's environmental score of 4.17 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Laboratory Corporation of America is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Laboratory Corporation of America's social score

Social score: 11.07/100

Laboratory Corporation of America's social score of 11.07 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Laboratory Corporation of America is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Laboratory Corporation of America's governance score

Governance score: 13.02/100

Laboratory Corporation of America's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Laboratory Corporation of America is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Laboratory Corporation of America's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Laboratory Corporation of America scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Laboratory Corporation of America has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 19.26
Total ESG percentile 12.92
Environmental score 4.17
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 11.07
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 13.02
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

Laboratory Corporation of America share dividends

We're not expecting Laboratory Corporation of America to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Laboratory Corporation of America's shares ever split?

Laboratory Corporation of America's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 May 2002. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Laboratory Corporation of America shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Laboratory Corporation of America shares which in turn could have impacted Laboratory Corporation of America's share price.

Laboratory Corporation of America share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Laboratory Corporation of America's shares have ranged in value from as little as $98.02 up to $201.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LH.US volatility(beta: 1.32)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 Laboratory Corporation of America's is 1.3222. This would suggest that Laboratory Corporation of America's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Laboratory Corporation of America overview

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings operates as an independent clinical laboratory company worldwide. It operates in two segments, LabCorp Diagnostics (LCD) and Covance Drug Development. It offers various clinical laboratory tests, such as blood chemistry analyses, urinalyses, blood cell counts, thyroid tests, Pap tests, hemoglobin A1C and vitamin D products, prostate-specific antigens, tests for sexually-transmitted diseases, hepatitis C tests, microbiology cultures and procedures, and alcohol and other substance-abuse tests. The company also provides testing services in the areas of women's health, allergy, diagnostic genetics, cardiovascular and infectious disease, endocrinology, oncology, coagulation, pharmacogenetics, toxicology, and medical drug monitoring; and esoteric testing, cancer diagnostics, and other procedures. In addition, it provides a suite of applications to enable patients, healthcare providers, health systems, accountable care organizations, and insurers with access to LCD's data and services, as well as billing for laboratory services. Further, it offers end-to-end drug development, medical device, and diagnostic development solutions from research to clinical development and commercial market access. The company primarily serves managed care organizations, biopharmaceutical companies, physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and health systems, governmental agencies, employers, patients and consumers, contract research organizations, academic institutions, and independent clinical laboratories. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings has collaborations with the Boston University, Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, The Mount Sinai Hospital, the University of Tennessee, Yale University, and QIAGEN N.V; and Ciox Health for the creation of COVID-19 patient data registry in the United States. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Burlington, North Carolina.

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