Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nineteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, twelve have assigned a hold recommendation and five have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $74.49.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on CAH shares. Cowen Inc raised Cardinal Health to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Needham & Company LLC restated a “hold” rating on shares of Cardinal Health in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price objective on shares of Cardinal Health in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $77.00 price objective on shares of Cardinal Health and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Finally, Mizuho set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Cardinal Health and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th.

Shares of Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) traded down $0.60 on Thursday, hitting $56.37. The stock had a trading volume of 743,108 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,348,478. The firm has a market capitalization of $17,734.23, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35, a current ratio of 1.06 and a quick ratio of 0.52. Cardinal Health has a 52 week low of $54.66 and a 52 week high of $84.88.

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The company reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.09. Cardinal Health had a return on equity of 25.24% and a net margin of 0.84%. The firm had revenue of $32.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $33.48 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.24 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Cardinal Health will post 4.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be issued a $0.4624 dividend. This represents a $1.85 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. Cardinal Health’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 53.78%.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Security National Bank of Sioux City Iowa IA increased its position in shares of Cardinal Health by 0.3% during the second quarter. Security National Bank of Sioux City Iowa IA now owns 13,255 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,033,000 after acquiring an additional 40 shares in the last quarter. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Cardinal Health by 0.5% during the 2nd quarter. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. now owns 8,392 shares of the company’s stock worth $654,000 after purchasing an additional 44 shares in the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. increased its position in Cardinal Health by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 4,238 shares of the company’s stock worth $330,000 after purchasing an additional 51 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS increased its position in Cardinal Health by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 23,468 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,829,000 after purchasing an additional 68 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. increased its position in Cardinal Health by 0.5% during the 2nd quarter. Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. now owns 14,509 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,131,000 after purchasing an additional 70 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.50% of the company’s stock.

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About Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health, Inc is a healthcare services and products company. The Company operates through two segments: Pharmaceutical and Medical. The Pharmaceutical segment distributes branded and generic pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, over-the-counter healthcare and consumer products. This segment also operates nuclear pharmacies and cyclotron facilities; provides pharmacy management services to hospitals, as well as medication therapy management and patient outcomes services to hospitals, other healthcare providers and payers, and provides services to healthcare companies.

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