How to buy Centene (CNC) shares in the UK

Centene Corporation is a healthcare insurer that focuses on managed care for uninsured, underinsured, and low-income individuals. In October 2020, Centene Corporation purchased Wellcare.

Centene Corp (CNC) is a publicly traded healthcare plans business based in the US. In the week up to 26 September Centene shares plunged 8.33% to a closing position of $77.71. However, over the last 12 months, Centene's share price has risen by 28.39% from $63.05. Centene is listed on the NYSE and employs 72,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Centene

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: CNC in this case.
  5. Research Centene shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Centene shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Centene share price (NYSE:CNC)

Use our graph to track the performance of CNC stocks over time.

Centene price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $80.95

1 week (2022-09-27) 4.72%
1 month (2022-09-02) -10.11%
3 months (2022-07-01) -6.10%
6 months (2022-04-01) -5.33%
1 year (2021-10-04) 29.46%
2 years (2020-10-02) 34.96%
3 years (2019-10-04) 85.79%
5 years (2017-10-04) 67.30%

Is it a good time to buy Centene stock?

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Is Centene under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

Centene's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Centene shares trade at around 25x 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.

PEG ratio

Centene's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9167. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

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

EBITDA

Centene's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $5.8 billion (£5.1 billion).

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

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.

Total ESG risk score

Centene's total ESG risk: 28.72

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Centene'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 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.).

Environmental score

Centene's environmental score: 5.14/100

Centene'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 is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Centene's social score: 21.92/100

Centene'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 is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Centene's governance score: 10.66/100

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

Controversy score

Centene's controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Centene Corp was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28.72
Total ESG percentile 36.42
Environmental score 5.14
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 21.92
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 10.66
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

Centene shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-04.
Open$0
High$0
Low$0
Close$80.95
Previous close$80
Change$0.95
Change %1.1875%
Volume113,468
Information last updated 2022-10-02.
52-week range$60.81 - $98.53
50-day moving average$89.8546
200-day moving average$84.7863
Wall St. target price$104.47
PE ratio24.6234
Dividend yield$0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$3.16

Centene share dividends

We're not expecting Centene to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Centene's shares have ranged in value from as little as $60.81 up to $98.53. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNC.US volatility(beta: 0.52)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 Centene's is 0.5182. This would suggest that Centene's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Frequently asked questions

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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