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Cerner Corporation (CERN) is a leading health information services business based in the US. It opened the day at 79.56 after a previous close of US$79.48. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD78.83 to a high of USD79.64. The latest price was US$79.07 (25 minute delay). Cerner Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are in US Dollars. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Cerner Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for Cerner Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CERN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Cerner Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Cerner Corporation. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Cerner Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Cerner Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was USD$79.07, which is 3.79% up on its pre-crash value of USD$76.07 and 48.96% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$53.08.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Cerner Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$747.75 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,080.89.

Cerner Corporation share price

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Cerner Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$79.56
HighUS$79.64
LowUS$78.83
CloseUS$79.07
Previous closeUS$79.48
Change US$-0.41
Change % -0.5159%
Volume 1,422,731
Information last updated 2021-06-16.
52-week rangeUS$65.2229 - US$83.9471
50-day moving average US$77.7494
200-day moving average US$75.8346
Target priceUS$82.11
PE ratio 30.3599
Dividend yield US$0.8 (1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$2.612

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Is it a good time to buy Cerner Corporation stock?

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Cerner Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $79.07

1 week (2021-06-16) -0.29%
1 month (2021-05-21) 1.99%
3 months (2021-03-23) 10.23%
6 months (2020-12-23) 1.78%
1 year (2020-06-23) 11.29%
2 years (2019-06-21) 9.68%
3 years (2018-06-22) 32.20%
5 years (2016-06-23) 38.99%

Is Cerner Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Cerner Corporation's P/E ratio

Cerner 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 30x. In other words, Cerner Corporation shares trade at around 30x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Cerner Corporation's PEG ratio

Cerner Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.4241. 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 Cerner 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.

Cerner Corporation's EBITDA

Cerner Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.3 billion.

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

Cerner Corporation financials

Revenue TTM US$5.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.52%
Gross profit TTM US$4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.26%
Return on equity TTM 19.7%
Profit margin 14.69%
Book value 14.29
Market capitalisation US$23.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Cerner Corporation shares

There are currently 14.3 million Cerner Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Cerner Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 1.6% down from 14.5 million last month.

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

Cerner Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Cerner Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cerner Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cerner Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 3.1 million). Cerner Corporation's SIR currently stands at 4.67. In other words for every 100,000 Cerner Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4670 shares are currently held short.

However Cerner Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cerner Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Cerner Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Cerner Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Cerner Corporation shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0476% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Cerner Corporation shares, roughly 48 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 Cerner Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Cerner Corporation stock.

Cerner 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 Cerner Corporation.

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

Cerner Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Cerner Corporation's overall score of 28.12 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Cerner Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.14/100

Cerner Corporation's environmental score of 7.14 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cerner Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cerner Corporation's social score

Social score: 17.39/100

Cerner Corporation's social score of 17.39 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cerner Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Cerner Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 11.59/100

Cerner Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Cerner Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cerner Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Cerner Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Cerner Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 28.12
Total ESG percentile 28.74
Environmental score 7.14
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 17.39
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 11.59
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 2

Cerner Corporation share dividends

29%

Dividend payout ratio: 29.07% of net profits

Recently Cerner Corporation has paid out, on average, around 29.07% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.09% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cerner Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.09% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cerner Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

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

Cerner Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 12 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Cerner Corporation's shares ever split?

Cerner Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 30 June 2013. 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 Cerner Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cerner Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Cerner Corporation's share price.

Cerner Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cerner Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$65.2229 up to US$83.9471. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CERN.US volatility(beta: 0.73)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Cerner Corporation's is 0.7299. This would suggest that Cerner Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Cerner Corporation overview

Cerner Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides health care information technology solutions and tech-enabled services in the United States and internationally. The company offers Cerner Millennium architecture, a person-centric computing framework, which includes clinical, financial, and management information systems that allow providers to access an individual's electronic health record (EHR) at the point of care, and organizes and delivers information for physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, front- and back-office professionals, and consumers. It also provides HealtheIntent platform, a cloud-based platform to aggregate, transform, and reconcile data across the continuum of care; and CareAware, an EHR agnostic platform that facilitates connectivity of health care devices to EHRs. In addition, the company offers a portfolio of clinical and financial health care information technology solutions, as well as departmental and care coordination solutions. Further, it provides tech-enabled services, such as implementation and training, remote hosting, operational management services, revenue cycle services, support and maintenance, health care data analysis, real-world evidence, clinical process optimization, transaction processing, employer health centers, employee wellness programs, and third-party administrator services; and complementary hardware and devices for third parties. The company serves integrated delivery networks, physician groups and networks, managed care organizations, hospitals, medical centers, reference laboratories, home health agencies, blood banks, imaging centers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, employers, governments, and public health organizations. Cerner Corporation was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in North Kansas City, Missouri.

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