Laboratory Corp (LH)

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127.27 -0.31  -0.24% NYSE May 26, 16:59 Delayed 2m USD

Laboratory Corp PS Ratio (TTM):

1.417 for May 26, 2016
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Laboratory Corp Historical PS Ratio (TTM) Data

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May 26, 2016 1.417
May 25, 2016 1.421
May 24, 2016 1.427
May 23, 2016 1.41
May 20, 2016 1.410
May 19, 2016 1.404
May 18, 2016 1.406
May 17, 2016 1.405
May 16, 2016 1.419
May 13, 2016 1.412
May 12, 2016 1.401
May 11, 2016 1.411
May 10, 2016 1.411
May 9, 2016 1.392
May 6, 2016 1.384
May 5, 2016 1.386
May 4, 2016 1.383
May 3, 2016 1.396
May 2, 2016 1.402
April 29, 2016 1.396
April 28, 2016 1.398
April 27, 2016 1.414
April 26, 2016 1.412
April 25, 2016 1.393
April 22, 2016 1.356
April 21, 2016 1.348
   
April 20, 2016 1.326
April 19, 2016 1.325
April 18, 2016 1.323
April 15, 2016 1.332
April 14, 2016 1.326
April 13, 2016 1.317
April 12, 2016 1.309
April 11, 2016 1.310
April 8, 2016 1.32
April 7, 2016 1.319
April 6, 2016 1.332
April 5, 2016 1.306
April 4, 2016 1.317
April 1, 2016 1.319
March 31, 2016 1.304
March 30, 2016 1.366
March 29, 2016 1.342
March 28, 2016 1.323
March 24, 2016 1.322
March 23, 2016 1.321
March 22, 2016 1.320
March 21, 2016 1.323
March 18, 2016 1.329
March 17, 2016 1.302
March 16, 2016 1.322

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About Price to Sales Ratio

The price to sales ratio (PS ratio) is calculated by dividing stock price by the revenue per share. It is most useful for comparing companies within a sector or industry because "normal" values for this ratio vary from industry to industry. In general, low price to sales ratios are more appealing because they suggest that a company is undervalued.

An example illustrating why PS ratios should not be compared across industries: On June 21, 2010, Starbucks had a PS ratio of 1.12 while Yahoo! had a PS ratio of 2.56. In other words, Yahoo! shareholders were paying $2.56 for $1 of sales while Starbucks shareholders would only pay $1.12 for $1 of sales. However, at that same moment, the two companies' price to earnings ratios were virtually identical (Starbucks: 28.09 and Yahoo!: 27.78). Hence, shareholders were paying nearly the same amount for $1.00 in earnings. The PS ratios, though, are less comparable since Yahoo!'s profit margins are much higher than that of Starbucks.

For more information on evaluating valuation multiples similar to this, please see our original white paper research : Making Sense Of Valuation Multiples.
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LH PS Ratio (TTM) Benchmarks

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LH PS Ratio (TTM) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 1.170 Feb 08 2016
Maximum 2.035 May 31 2011
Average 1.570

LH PS Ratio (TTM) Excel Add-In Codes

  • Metric Code: ps_ratio
  • Latest data point: =YCP("LH", "ps_ratio")
  • Last 5 data points: =YCS("LH", "ps_ratio", -4)

To find the codes for any of our financial metrics, see our Complete Reference of Metric Codes.

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