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Centene Corporation
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Centene Corporation is a healthcare plans business based in the US. Centene Corporation shares (CNC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Centene Corporation employs 71,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$111.2 billion.

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Is it a good time to buy Centene Corporation stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Centene Corporation's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $69.24, which is 5.42% up on its pre-crash value of $65.49 and 57.51% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $43.96.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Centene Corporation stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $724.25 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 $1,100.92.

Centene Corporation stock price

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Centene Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-23.
Latest market close$69.24
52-week range$57.16 - $75.25
50-day moving average $63.55
200-day moving average $67.35
Wall St. target price$82.85
PE ratio 56.7541
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.22

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Centene Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $69.24 from 2021-10-22

1 week (2021-10-14) N/A
1 month (2021-09-24) 10.22%
3 months (2021-07-23) -5.74%
6 months (2021-04-23) 5.92%
1 year (2020-10-23) 2.70%
2 years (2019-10-24) 45.34%
3 years (2018-10-24) 129.53
5 years (2016-10-24) 9.82%

Is Centene Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Centene Corporation's P/E ratio

Centene Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 57x. In other words, Centene Corporation shares trade at around 57x 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.

Centene Corporation's PEG ratio

Centene Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8589. 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 Centene Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Centene Corporation's EBITDA

Centene Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4.8 billion.

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

Centene Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $111.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.06%
Gross profit TTM $17.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.04%
Return on equity TTM 2.76%
Profit margin 0.65%
Book value $44.44
Market capitalisation $40.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Centene Corporation shares

There are currently 10.1 million Centene Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Centene Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 10% down from 11.3 million last month.

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

Centene Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Centene Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Centene Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Centene Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 3.4 million). Centene Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.96. In other words for every 100,000 Centene Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2960 shares are currently held short.

However Centene Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Centene Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Centene Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Centene Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Centene Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0196% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Centene Corporation shares, roughly 20 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 Centene Corporation.

Centene Corporation'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 Centene Corporation.

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

Centene Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.72

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Centene Corporation's overall score of 28.72 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 36th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Centene Corporation 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.).

Centene Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.14/100

Centene Corporation's environmental score of 5.14 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Centene Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Centene Corporation's social score

Social score: 21.92/100

Centene Corporation's social score of 21.92 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Centene Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Centene Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 10.66/100

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

Centene Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Centene Corporation share dividends

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

Have Centene Corporation's shares ever split?

Centene Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 February 2019. 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 Centene Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Centene Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Centene Corporation's share price.

Centene Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Centene Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $57.16 up to $75.25. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Centene Corporation's is 0.4561. This would suggest that Centene Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Centene Corporation overview

Centene Corporation operates as a multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides programs and services to under-insured and uninsured individuals in the United States. Its Managed Care segment offers health plan coverage to individuals through government subsidized programs, including Medicaid, the State children's health insurance program, long-term services and support, foster care, and medicare-medicaid plans, which cover dually eligible individuals, as well as aged, blind, or disabled programs. Its health plans include primary and specialty physician care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, emergency and urgent care, prenatal care, laboratory and X-ray, home-based primary care, transportation assistance, vision care, dental care, telehealth, immunization, specialty pharmacy, therapy, social work, nurse advisory, and care coordination services, as well as prescriptions and limited over-the-counter drugs, medical equipment, and behavioral health and abuse services. This segment also offers various individual, small group, and large group commercial healthcare products to employers and directly to members in the Managed Care segment. The company's Specialty Services segment provides pharmacy benefits management services; nurse advice line and after-hours support services; and vision and dental services, as well as staffing services to correctional systems and other government agencies; and services to Military Health System eligible beneficiaries. This segment offers its services and products to state programs, correctional facilities, healthcare organizations, employer groups, and other commercial organizations. The company provides its services through primary and specialty care physicians, hospitals, and ancillary providers.

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