Any investors would pay particular attention to the profitability of a company before considering taking a position. Here we’ll take a quick look at shares of Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) and the company’s ability to generate profit. The firm currently has a Return on Equity -53.90% which is derived from comparing 12-months net income to shareholder equity. So even though the company is generating profits, where can the stock go from here? Sell-side analysts covering the shares are projecting a one year price target of $6.78 on the stock. When comparing this to a recent price of $6.93, the potential upside should be noted. Taking analyst recommendations into consideration results in a Buy/Sell consensus recommendation of 3.20. This is according to all of the analysts polled by First Call.
What makes a stock profitable? Let’s look at a few factors.
Rising EPS (Earnings Per Share)
Businesses must be able to have competitive advantages and must produce value to consumers in the form of desirable goods and services. When a business has a strong brand, they can afford to raise prices and also have a differentiated product that is more desirable compared to their competition. A business that is able to grow earnings per share can afford to pay a rising dividend. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH)’s trailing 12-months EPS is -14.15.
Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH)’s performance this year to date is 23.97%. The stock has performed 12.68% over the last seven days, 28.10% over the last thirty, and -34.19% over the last three months. Over the last six months, Community Health Systems, Inc.’s stock has been -46.28% and -59.31% for the year.
RSI and Recommendations
Community Health Systems, Inc.’s RSI is 72.82. Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 6.39% and month of 5.29%.
There are a number of sell-side analysts who have recently weighed in on the firm. As stated earlier, the consensus target price is $6.78 with a mean recommendation of 3.20 (1-5 scale).
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