CVS Caremark Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (CVS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CVS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 14.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 29.85% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CVS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • CVS CAREMARK CORP has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CVS CAREMARK CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.61 versus $2.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.36 versus $2.61).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry average. The net income increased by 18.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $816.00 million to $966.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,231.00 million or 1.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -9.80%.

CVS Caremark Corporation provides pharmacy health care services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 16.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $59.16 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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