Equities analysts expect that Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) will post sales of $34.71 billion for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Cardinal Health’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $34.14 billion and the highest is $35.12 billion. Cardinal Health reported sales of $33.15 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 4.7%. The firm is expected to announce its next earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Cardinal Health will report full-year sales of $34.71 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $134.39 billion to $136.94 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the business will report sales of $141.49 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $136.83 billion to $144.42 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Cardinal Health.

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The company reported $1.09 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $32.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $33.48 billion. Cardinal Health had a net margin of 0.84% and a return on equity of 25.24%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.24 EPS.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on CAH shares. Royal Bank Of Canada started coverage on shares of Cardinal Health in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. They set a “sector perform” rating and a $72.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $77.00 price objective on shares of Cardinal Health in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. UBS AG restated a “neutral” rating and set a $76.00 price objective (down previously from $79.00) on shares of Cardinal Health in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price objective on shares of Cardinal Health from $87.00 to $81.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Cardinal Health from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $74.81.

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) traded down $2.01 during trading on Friday, hitting $58.55. 8,061,600 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,498,619. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 1.06. The stock has a market cap of $18,420.06, a PE ratio of 11.11, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.88. Cardinal Health has a 12-month low of $57.54 and a 12-month high of $84.88.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a $0.4624 dividend. This represents a $1.85 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. Cardinal Health’s payout ratio is presently 53.78%.

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Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CAH. Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new position in shares of Cardinal Health in the second quarter valued at about $234,000. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Cardinal Health by 14.3% in the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 696,956 shares of the company’s stock valued at $54,305,000 after acquiring an additional 87,224 shares during the period. First Financial Bank Trust Division increased its position in shares of Cardinal Health by 3.2% in the second quarter. First Financial Bank Trust Division now owns 3,695 shares of the company’s stock valued at $288,000 after acquiring an additional 114 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in shares of Cardinal Health by 7.6% in the second quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 8,773 shares of the company’s stock valued at $682,000 after acquiring an additional 618 shares during the period. Finally, National Pension Service increased its position in shares of Cardinal Health by 8.1% in the second quarter. National Pension Service now owns 282,170 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,080,000 after acquiring an additional 21,263 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 87.26% of the company’s stock.

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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