Laboratory Corp (LH)

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135.39 -0.93  -0.68% NYSE Aug 25, 16:12 Delayed 2m USD

Laboratory Corp PS Ratio (TTM):

1.487 for Aug. 25, 2016
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Aug. 25, 2016 1.487
Aug. 24, 2016 1.497
Aug. 23, 2016 1.516
Aug. 22, 2016 1.520
Aug. 19, 2016 1.516
Aug. 18, 2016 1.524
Aug. 17, 2016 1.518
Aug. 16, 2016 1.526
Aug. 15, 2016 1.535
Aug. 12, 2016 1.538
Aug. 11, 2016 1.548
Aug. 10, 2016 1.539
Aug. 9, 2016 1.537
Aug. 8, 2016 1.530
Aug. 5, 2016 1.546
Aug. 4, 2016 1.539
Aug. 3, 2016 1.539
Aug. 2, 2016 1.531
Aug. 1, 2016 1.534
July 29, 2016 1.533
July 28, 2016 1.521
July 27, 2016 1.511
July 26, 2016 1.516
July 25, 2016 1.514
July 22, 2016 1.525
July 21, 2016 1.514
   
July 20, 2016 1.517
July 19, 2016 1.502
July 18, 2016 1.498
July 15, 2016 1.496
July 14, 2016 1.497
July 13, 2016 1.493
July 12, 2016 1.496
July 11, 2016 1.489
July 8, 2016 1.486
July 7, 2016 1.450
July 6, 2016 1.450
July 5, 2016 1.436
July 1, 2016 1.442
June 30, 2016 1.431
June 29, 2016 1.441
June 28, 2016 1.408
June 27, 2016 1.398
June 24, 2016 1.444
June 23, 2016 1.461
June 22, 2016 1.445
June 21, 2016 1.428
June 20, 2016 1.420
June 17, 2016 1.40
June 16, 2016 1.418
June 15, 2016 1.408

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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 1.553

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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