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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (DGX) is a leading diagnostics & research business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$127.63 after a previous close of US$128.09. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD127.205 to a high of USD128.78. The latest price was USD127.5 (25 minute delay). Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  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, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: DGX. 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 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated 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 last close price of US$128.88, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. 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.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated share price

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-18.
OpenUS$127.63
HighUS$128.78
LowUS$127.205
CloseUS$127.5
Previous closeUS$128.09
Change US$-0.59
Change % -0.4606%
Volume 2,041,631
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$101.3207 - US$142.8
50-day moving average US$131.8812
200-day moving average US$126.0677
Target priceUS$145.21
PE ratio 12.104
Dividend yield US$2.3 (1.8%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$13.1863

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Is it a good time to buy Quest Diagnostics Incorporated stock?

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $127.5

1 month (2021-05-21) -2.92%
3 months (2021-03-19) 1.77%
6 months (2020-12-18) 5.93%
1 year (2020-06-19) 17.76%
2 years (2019-06-20) 27.07%
3 years (2018-06-20) 15.16%
5 years (2016-06-20) 63.80%

Is Quest Diagnostics Incorporated under- or over-valued?

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

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's P/E ratio

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares trade at around 12x recent earnings.

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

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's PEG ratio

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2271. 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 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's EBITDA

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM US$10.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.04%
Gross profit TTM US$3.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.45%
Return on equity TTM 2893.08%
Profit margin 17.43%
Book value 51.489
Market capitalisation US$16.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares

There are currently 9.8 million Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 8.7% down from 10.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares can be evaluated.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 7.74. In other words for every 100,000 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7740 shares are currently held short.

However Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.0755% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares, roughly 76 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Quest Diagnostics Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short Quest Diagnostics Incorporated stock.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated'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 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated.

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

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.33

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's overall score of 18.33 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.86/100

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's environmental score of 0.86 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's social score

Social score: 10.42/100

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's social score of 10.42 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 5.77/100

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 18.33
Total ESG percentile 16.26
Environmental score 0.86
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 10.42
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 5.77
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 3

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated share dividends

17%

Dividend payout ratio: 16.89% of net profits

Recently Quest Diagnostics Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 16.89% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.93% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 1.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $2.3 per share.

While Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is investing more in its future growth.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 20 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's shares ever split?

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 June 2005. 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 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's share price.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$101.3207 up to US$142.8. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DGX.US volatility(beta: 1.03)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's is 1.0277. This would suggest that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated overview

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated provides diagnostic testing, information, and services in the United States and internationally. The company develops and delivers diagnostic information services, such as routine testing, non-routine and advanced clinical testing, anatomic pathology testing, and other diagnostic information services. It offers diagnostic information services primarily under the Quest Diagnostics brand, as well as under the AmeriPath, Dermpath Diagnostics, ExamOne, and Quanum brands to patients, clinicians, hospitals, independent delivery networks, health plans, employers, direct contract entities, and accountable care organizations through a network of laboratories, patient service centers, phlebotomists in physician offices, call centers and mobile paramedics, nurses, and other health and wellness professionals. The company also provides risk assessment services for the life insurance industry; and healthcare organizations and clinicians robust information technology solutions. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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