What Analysts Say about the Change Healthcare Inc. (CHNG) Stock

Change Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:CHNG) saw an upside of 0.12% to $20.67 after adding $0.02 on Wednesday. The 5-day average trading volume is 812,697 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $21.16 in the past week. An average of 1,315,059 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,746,954.

CHNG’s 1-month performance is -5.01% or -$1.09 on its low of $20.50 reached on 10/13/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $13.79 and high of $24.21, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/06/21. YTD, CHNG has achieved 10.72% or $2.00. However, the current price is down -14.60%% from the 52-week high price.

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Valuation Metrics

Change Healthcare Inc. (CHNG) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 23.70 for the broader industry and 32.24 for the sector.CHNG stock has a beta of 0.00. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.98 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.04, with the price to cash flow ratio at 22.92.

Change Healthcare Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.10, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.10 meaning that CHNG stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.45, while the total debt to equity was 1.46. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 58.10%. while for the period ending June 29; Change Healthcare Inc.’s operating margin was 4.40%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $1.76 billion against revenue of $3.09 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected CHNG to announce $0.44 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.41, representing a -6.80% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $220.98 million. CHNG stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 6.77 billion, with total debt at $4.87 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $310.86 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Change Healthcare Inc. (CHNG) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 27.47% to suggest the stock is trending oversold, with historical volatility in this time period at 9.67%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $20.71, reflecting a -1.81% or -$0.38 change from its current price. CHNG is currently trading -4.22% above its 20-day SMA, -10.14% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -6.01% and +13.15% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 7.92% and 6.84% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.29. The RSI (14) points at 30.73%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 13.04% with the period’s ATR at 0.30. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.21 and -0.34 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

Analysts offering their rating for CHNG stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate CHNG as a “sell,”, while 10 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 3 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is CHNG’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $25.75 and a high of $25.75, with their median price target at $25.75. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Change Healthcare Inc. (CHNG) stock is $25.75.


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