CVS Health (CVS) Stock Up Ahead of Earnings Report

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of CVS Health (CVS) were gaining 0.3% to $86.07 Monday ahead of the drugstore operator's third-quarter earnings report scheduled for release before the market opens on Tuesday.

Analysts expect CVS to report earnings of $1.13 a share and revenue of $34.74 billion for the third quarter. The company's most recent estimates call for earnings of $1.11 to $1.14 a share for the quarter.

During its second quarter earnings call the company said it expects front store sales to drop between 400 and 500 basis points in the third quarter.

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CVS stopped selling tobacco products in its drugstores on Oct. 1, the day after the end of its third quarter.

TheStreet Ratings team rates CVS HEALTH CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CVS HEALTH CORP (CVS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.7%. 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 37.49% 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 HEALTH CORP has improved earnings per share by 16.5% 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 HEALTH CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.76 versus $3.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.49 versus $3.76).
  • 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 11.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,121.00 million to $1,246.00 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.35, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that CVS's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.68, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CVS Ratings Report

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