How Will CVS Health (CVS) Stock Be Affected By Its New Tobacco Policy?

Tickers in this article: CVS

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CVS Health shares are up 0.7% to $80.27 on Wednesday after the company announced that it was changing its name to CVS Health from CVS Caremark and stopping the sale of tobacco products at its stores effective immediately.

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The move comes a month ahead of schedule as the company announced in February that it would stop selling tobacco October 1 in order to focus more on customer health.

The signage at the company's 7,500+ stores nationwide will not change despite the new name.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CVS CAREMARK CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CVS CAREMARK CORP (CVS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 38.66% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CVS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • CVS CAREMARK CORP has improved earnings per share by 16.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CVS CAREMARK CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.76 versus $3.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.49 versus $3.76).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry average. The net income increased by 11.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,121.00 million to $1,246.00 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.35, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that CVS's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.68, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CVS Ratings Report

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