How to buy CVS Health Corporation shares

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CVS Health Corporation (CVS) is a leading healthcare plans business based in the US. CVS Health Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 290,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in CVS Health Corporation

  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: CVS in this case.
  5. Research CVS Health Corporation shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your CVS Health Corporation shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

CVS Health Corporation share price

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CVS Health Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$50.44 - $76.7171
50-day moving average $71.8361
200-day moving average $64.6768
Wall St. target price$85.17
PE ratio 12.2512
Dividend yield $2 (2.7%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.05
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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
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Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
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£0
£0
Zero platform fee
Join and receive a free share worth up to £100
Access unlimited commission-free trading on 3,800+ US stocks and ETFs with Stake. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy CVS Health Corporation stock?

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Is CVS Health Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

CVS Health Corporation's P/E ratio

CVS Health 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 12x. In other words, CVS Health Corporation shares trade at around 12x 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.

CVS Health Corporation's PEG ratio

CVS Health Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3299. 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 CVS Health 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.

CVS Health Corporation's EBITDA

CVS Health Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $18.5 billion.

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

CVS Health Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $265.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.32%
Gross profit TTM $44.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.9%
Return on equity TTM 12.06%
Profit margin 3%
Book value $52.565
Market capitalisation $97 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell CVS Health Corporation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "CVS.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 17.1 million CVS Health Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as CVS Health Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 6.1% up from 16.1 million last month.

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

CVS Health Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CVS Health Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CVS Health Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CVS Health Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 7.1 million). CVS Health Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.4. In other words for every 100,000 CVS Health Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2400 shares are currently held short.

However CVS Health Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CVS Health Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable CVS Health Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CVS Health Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CVS Health Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0131% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CVS Health Corporation shares, roughly 13 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 CVS Health Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short CVS Health Corporation stock.

CVS Health 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 CVS Health Corporation.

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

CVS Health Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.73

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CVS Health Corporation's overall score of 18.73 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 19th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

CVS Health Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.92/100

CVS Health Corporation's social score

Social score: 9.06/100

CVS Health Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 2.75/100

CVS Health Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, CVS Health Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that CVS Health Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

CVS Health Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 18.73
Total ESG percentile 18.84
Environmental score 1.92
Social score 9.06
Governance score 2.75
Level of controversy 3

CVS Health Corporation share dividends

25%

Dividend payout ratio: 25.19% of net profits

Recently CVS Health Corporation has paid out, on average, around 25.19% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.7% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CVS Health Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.7% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CVS Health Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2 per share.

While CVS Health Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that CVS Health Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

CVS Health Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 1 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have CVS Health Corporation's shares ever split?

CVS Health Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 June 2005. 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 CVS Health Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CVS Health Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted CVS Health Corporation's share price.

CVS Health Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CVS Health Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $50.44 up to $76.7171. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CVS.US volatility(beta: 0.81)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 CVS Health Corporation's is 0.8072. This would suggest that CVS Health Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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CVS Health Corporation overview

CVS Health Corporation provides health services and plans in the United States. The company's Pharmacy Services segment offers pharmacy benefit management solutions, including plan design and administration, formulary management, retail pharmacy network management, mail order pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and infusion, clinical, and disease and medical spend management services. It serves employers, insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, health plans, prescription drug plans (PDPs), Medicaid managed care plans, plans offered on public health insurance and private health insurance exchanges, other sponsors of health benefit plans, and individuals. This segment operates retail specialty pharmacy stores; and specialty mail order, mail order dispensing, and compounding pharmacies, as well as branches for infusion and enteral nutrition services. Its Retail/LTC segment sells prescription and over-the-counter drugs, beauty and personal care products, and cosmetics; and provides health care services through its MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics. This segment also distributes prescription drugs; and provides related pharmacy consulting and other ancillary services to chronic care facilities and other care settings. As of December 31, 2019, it operated approximately 9,900 retail locations and 1,100 MinuteClinic locations, as well as online retail pharmacy websites, LTC pharmacies, and onsite pharmacies. The company's Health Care Benefits segment offers traditional, voluntary, and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services. It serves employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. The company was formerly known as CVS Caremark Corporation and changed its name to CVS Health Corporation in September 2014. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

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