Laboratory Corp (LH)

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140.68 +0.98  +0.70% NYSE May 24, 20:00 Delayed 2m USD

Laboratory Corp PS Ratio (TTM):

1.511 for May 24, 2017
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Laboratory Corp Historical PS Ratio (TTM) Data

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May 24, 2017 1.511
May 23, 2017 1.501
May 22, 2017 1.507
May 19, 2017 1.497
May 18, 2017 1.485
May 17, 2017 1.477
May 16, 2017 1.484
May 15, 2017 1.510
May 12, 2017 1.497
May 11, 2017 1.516
May 10, 2017 1.522
May 9, 2017 1.526
May 8, 2017 1.528
May 5, 2017 1.530
May 4, 2017 1.514
May 3, 2017 1.510
May 2, 2017 1.515
May 1, 2017 1.515
April 28, 2017 1.506
April 27, 2017 1.500
April 26, 2017 1.490
April 25, 2017 1.492
April 24, 2017 1.554
April 21, 2017 1.539
April 20, 2017 1.565
   
April 19, 2017 1.534
April 18, 2017 1.528
April 17, 2017 1.531
April 13, 2017 1.526
April 12, 2017 1.532
April 11, 2017 1.540
April 10, 2017 1.541
April 7, 2017 1.540
April 6, 2017 1.547
April 5, 2017 1.542
April 4, 2017 1.542
April 3, 2017 1.553
March 31, 2017 1.541
March 30, 2017 1.558
March 29, 2017 1.549
March 28, 2017 1.546
March 27, 2017 1.542
March 24, 2017 1.536
March 23, 2017 1.531
March 22, 2017 1.539
March 21, 2017 1.541
March 20, 2017 1.554
March 17, 2017 1.555
March 16, 2017 1.560
March 15, 2017 1.561

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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 1.842 Mar 23 2015
Average 1.534

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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