The Case for and Against Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX)

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) is an interesting player in the Healthcare space, with a focus on Health Care Plans. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $77.00, down from yesterday’s close by -1.60%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) currently trades with a market capitalization of $43.51 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 2.07 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $5.96 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.77 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.59% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.



Technical Analysis

It’s important to check the technicals to get a sense of how ESRX has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Express Scripts Holding Company recorded a 52-week high of $85.07. It is now trading 8.07% off that level. The stock is trading $77.22 its 50-day moving average by 0.22%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $55.80.

In recent action, Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) has made a move of +5.64% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 16.68, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 4.30% with $564.68 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of ESRX.

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