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Molina Healthcare, Inc is a healthcare plans business based in the US. Molina Healthcare shares (MOH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Molina Healthcare employs 10,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$17 billion.

How to buy shares in Molina Healthcare

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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 Molina Healthcare. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MOH. 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 Molina Healthcare 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. At last close price of USD$210.64, 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 Molina Healthcare, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Molina Healthcare. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Molina Healthcare's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Molina Healthcare's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$210.64, which is 28.88% up on its pre-crash value of USD$149.8 and 104.80% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$102.85.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Molina Healthcare shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$862.32 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,685.12.

Molina Healthcare share price

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Molina Healthcare shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-21.
Latest market closeUSD$210.64
52-week rangeUSD$102.85 - USD$213.78
50-day moving average USD$184.632
200-day moving average USD$179.1799
Wall St. target priceUSD$214.42
PE ratio 16.2406
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$12.908

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Is it a good time to buy Molina Healthcare stock?

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Molina Healthcare price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $210.64 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-14) 3.84%
1 month (2020-09-22) 34.84%
3 months (2020-07-21) 16.08%
6 months (2020-04-21) 31.30%
1 year (2019-10-21) 73.44%
2 years (2018-10-19) 56.54%
3 years (2017-10-20) 227.08%
5 years (2015-10-21) 215.75%

Is Molina Healthcare under- or over-valued?

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

Molina Healthcare's P/E ratio

Molina Healthcare's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Molina Healthcare shares trade at around 16x 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.

Molina Healthcare's EBITDA

Molina Healthcare's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Molina Healthcare's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Molina Healthcare financials

Revenue TTM USD$17 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.08%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.32%
Return on equity TTM 42.71%
Profit margin 4.69%
Book value $33.831
Market capitalisation USD$12.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Molina Healthcare shares

There are currently 1.4 million Molina Healthcare shares held short by investors – that's known as Molina Healthcare's "short interest". This figure is 14% down from 1.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Molina Healthcare shares can be evaluated.

Molina Healthcare's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Molina Healthcare's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Molina Healthcare shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Molina Healthcare shares traded daily (recently around 480435.64013841). Molina Healthcare's SIR currently stands at 2.89. In other words for every 100,000 Molina Healthcare shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2890 shares are currently held short.

However Molina Healthcare's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Molina Healthcare shares, or, against the total number of tradable Molina Healthcare shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Molina Healthcare's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Molina Healthcare shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0263% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Molina Healthcare shares, roughly 26 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 Molina Healthcare.

Find out more about how you can short Molina Healthcare stock.

Molina Healthcare share dividends

We're not expecting Molina Healthcare to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Molina Healthcare's shares ever split?

Molina Healthcare's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 23 May 2011. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Molina Healthcare shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Molina Healthcare shares which in turn could have impacted Molina Healthcare's share price.

Molina Healthcare share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Molina Healthcare's shares have ranged in value from as little as $102.85 up to $213.78. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MOH.US volatility(beta: 0.64)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 Molina Healthcare's is 0.6387. This would suggest that Molina Healthcare's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Molina Healthcare overview

Molina Healthcare, Inc. provides managed health care services to low-income families and individuals under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. The company operates in two segments, Health Plans and Other. As of December 31, 2019, it served approximately 3.3 million members in 14 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, who are eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-sponsored health care programs. The company offers its health care services for its members through contracts with a network of providers, including independent physicians and physician groups, hospitals, ancillary providers, and pharmacies. Molina Healthcare, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Long Beach, California.

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