CVS Oct 2019 60.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
5.25
-0.45 (-7.89%)
As of 12:44PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close5.70
Open5.30
Bid5.15
Ask5.25
Strike60.00
Expire Date2019-10-18
Day's Range5.25 - 5.30
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Volume11
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  • CVS installs time-delay safes at Pa. pharmacies to thwart opioid-related robberies
    American City Business Journals1 hour ago

    CVS installs time-delay safes at Pa. pharmacies to thwart opioid-related robberies

    CVS Health has installed time-delay safes at all 512 of its Pennsylvania retail pharmaceuticals to reduce robbery attempts, a problem the company describes as a "side effect" of the nation's opioid addiction crisis. “Pharmacy robberies are a challenging issue for every pharmacy and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of incidents in our Pennsylvania stores,” said Thomas M. Moriarty, an executive vice president at CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). The retail pharmacy chains action is just one of the steps taken to address the opioid addiction epidemic in the Philadelphia region.

  • CVS Pharmacy Completes Rollout of Time Delay Safes in All of Its Pennsylvania Pharmacies
    PR Newswire5 hours ago

    CVS Pharmacy Completes Rollout of Time Delay Safes in All of Its Pennsylvania Pharmacies

    WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (CVS), announced today that it has completed the rollout of time delay safes in all of its 512 CVS Pharmacy locations in Pennsylvania, including pharmacies located in Target stores. The safes are anticipated to help prevent pharmacy robberies and the resulting diversion of controlled substance medications.

  • How CVS Makes its Money
    Investopedia5 hours ago

    How CVS Makes its Money

    The demise of brick-and-mortar retail may be capturing the news, but despite the Amazon effect, some companies are still thriving. In May 2018, CVS made progress regarding its $69 billion acquisition of Aetna Inc., an American health insurance company. Shares of both CVS Health and Aetna rose on July 11, 2018, following a report that the Department of Justice will not challenge their merger.

  • Amazon Investors Should Buy Into Earnings Weakness, Sell Into Strength
    InvestorPlace10 hours ago

    Amazon Investors Should Buy Into Earnings Weakness, Sell Into Strength

    If Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) whiffs on earnings after the market closes Tuesday I'll be sorely tempted to buy more AMZN stock.I first bought Amazon back when the stock was selling at $330 per share. It opened for trade July 22 at $1,971, close to the all-time high of $2,012 reached last September. That high was followed by a sickening fall that sent it to a low of $1,377 around Christmas. Throughout 2019 it has been grinding back toward its high and is now approaching it.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAmazon is expected to post earnings of $5.29 per share on revenue of $62.7 billion. That's growth of 19% from a year ago, at scale. If it hits the "whisper number" of $5.70 per share, it's 12% higher than numbers that sent it skyrocketing a year ago.Ignore those numbers when looking at Amazon stock. The Real AmazonAmazon is becoming, like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- it's a stock you own, not a stock you trade. * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund This is true despite the recent recent volatility in the AMZN stock price. Right now, it's fully valued. Even if it hits the high-end of estimates, you're paying 85X earnings. You're paying nearly 4X revenue for what are mostly retail sales.Most analysts will be looking for renewed top-line growth, knowing that profits will still be plowed back into the business. They may be disappointed. The AMZN stock price may fall.Having mostly built-out its global cloud footprint, Amazon has refocused this year on its delivery infrastructure. This includes a fleet of trucks and airplanes that let it break bulk for less than Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and deliver for less than FedEx (NYSE:FDX). Running these networks efficiently won't provide the kind of quick profit hit it gets from the cloud. But it makes future revenue growth more sustainable.That's one reason I expect Amazon to fall short of expectations soon. The other reason is the growing campaign of ill-feeling toward the company. Liberals hoping to break it up and conservatives resent the liberal politics of CEO Jeff Bezos. The Next PhaseThe next phase of Amazon success will combine the cloud and delivery to transform the U.S. healthcare system.Amazon's aptly named Haven unit will, like CVS (NYSE:CVS), UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) and Centene (NYSE:CNC), give the income of insurance premiums visibility and control over the outgo. This is why hospitals and doctors' groups hate and fear the trend.But this connection is coming. Big employers, Amazon and partners Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) being among the biggest, can no longer deal with the waste of the current system. Like all American multinationals, these companies are paying 50-100% more to cover the health care costs of U.S. employees than international rivals.This must end.One key to ending it is to deal with chronic conditions. They represent 75% of the bill. Fighting the effects of smoking, overeating, drinking and sedentary lifestyles, leading to diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure, requires a new focus on wellness. We need to keep people out of hospitals. * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks to Consider for Those Who Can Handle Risk This is a $3 trillion opportunity, growing at 5.5% per year. Amazon that, get just 10% of it, and you're more than doubling the size of the company. The Bottom Line On AMZNWherever clouds and devices, combined with scaled distribution, can transform an industry, AMZN can reduce waste and make money.Amazon is why the American economy continues to grow despite its political dysfunction. Only fools, and those who thrive on inefficiency, stand in its way.In the short term, however, Amazon may have a tough time matching past success. Delivery infrastructure doesn't provide the hit to earnings that cloud does. Once it has that scale, however, watch out. That's why you accumulate Amazon on weakness, and, if your time horizons are short, sell into strength.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in JPM, CVS, AAPL and AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post Amazon Investors Should Buy Into Earnings Weakness, Sell Into Strength appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 8 Health-Care Stocks for Your Portfolio
    Kiplinger20 hours ago

    8 Health-Care Stocks for Your Portfolio

    Part defense, part offense and all bargain, health care stocks should thrive.

  • CVS Health (CVS) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
    Zacks22 hours ago

    CVS Health (CVS) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    In the latest trading session, CVS Health (CVS) closed at $55.47, marking a -0.84% move from the previous day.

  • Benzinga5 days ago

    Retail Momentum Gathers For CBD Topicals While FDA Decides Its Direction

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried its regulatory best to pump the breaks on the phenomenon by asserting its authority and cracking down on illicit sales of CBD supplements. Standing on the sidelines are large-scale national retailers, many of which understand the potential profits but prefer not to pique the ire of federal authorities. While some retailers are staying out of the CBD craze completely, others are splitting the difference by offering topical CBD products, which are less likely to draw the legal wrath of the FDA.

  • The Worst Appears to Be Over for CVS Stock
    InvestorPlace5 days ago

    The Worst Appears to Be Over for CVS Stock

    CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) can't catch a break. Neither can its shareholders. CVS stock is at roughly half the value it was at its mid-2015 peak. And it only recently came off its May multi-year lows. Good news about cancelled drug-rebate plans that would have cost it a fortune shoved shares higher earlier this month. Now, that move has largely come undone. The bears appear to remain in charge.Source: Shutterstock Nothing lasts forever though. While CVS Health stock may look and feel stuck in a downtrend, don't despair: what the company is building is very much the future of healthcare.The organization gave stakeholders of CVS stock another glimpse of that future this week.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Desperate MeasuresThe short version of a story most everyone knows: the state of the healthcare system in the U.S. is laughable. Its sheer size and complexity, coupled with misguided regulation, has made it unaffordable for all. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip That's a key part of the reason strange-bedfellows Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) made this announcement last year: they're forming their own healthcare company of sorts for their employees. Though not insurance per se, it was a means of offering low-cost clinical care in-house. Further, this move would also cull at least some of their healthcare and insurance expenses.However, it's hardly the only instance where such lines have crossed.Case in point: CVS rival Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) has partnered with clinics to offer in-store (or near-store) primary care, as has CVS.Arguably, CVS took the boldest even if not the biggest step towards an industry shakeup last year. That was when the pharmacy giant announced its intent to merge with health insurer Aetna. The deal closed in late 2018.Responses were mixed. Concerned observers noted it was an opportunity for self-serving steering that crimps competition even if it doesn't kill it. Others lauded the idea, pointing out that with one less middleman, the industry could lower costs.Regardless, this is the new norm for the very same healthcare industry that collectively priced itself into the trouble it's now looking to escape.CVS Health carried the ball a bit further downfield this week, unveiling a home dialysis system that just began its required clinical trials. Disruption UnderwayIt wasn't a surprise, but it was a milestone nonetheless.CVS Health was and is a pharmacy, and now facilitates clinical/frontline care. Aetna is an insurer and can keep hospital and drug prices in check. However, neither arm has pushed its way onto biotech equipment turf until now.Last year's news of the planned project already put dialysis rivals into action. Davita (NYSE:DVA) as well as Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE:FMS) have both ramped up efforts to facilitate more at-home dialysis. Such moves saves patients from visits to their specialty clinics.That paradigm shift should also lower total costs for dialysis patients.Meanwhile, the Aetna/CVS deal has put the nation's traditional frontline players on notice. Ken Kaufman, managing director and chair of consulting firm Kaufman Hall, commented earlier that year that the once-unlikely pairing was "a shot across the bow of hospitals in America."In the same vein, the creation of Haven -- the name given to the entity co-created by JP Morgan, Amazon and Berkshire -- was a shot across the bow of pharmacies like CVS and insurers like Aetna.It's CVS, however, that's leading the charge of disruption, even if that means disrupting itself. CVS Stock Is Undervalued and OversoldCVS Health may be the face of a new era of integrated healthcare, but investors are clearly not buying it. Extending a pullback that began in 2015, 2017's initial efforts to team-up with Aetna along with uncertainty as to how the business might change under President Trump have ultimately worked against CVS Health stock.That concern largely has no merit though. Indeed, with Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) on its heels and Walgreens not taking the same bold step CVS did to shape its own future rather than be shaped by it, investors have seemingly overlooked CVS Health's impressive past and compelling future. Click to EnlargeRevenue was growing and will continue to do so. The introduction of Aetna's business a couple of quarters ago had no bearing on the revenue trajectory. Analysts expect earnings per share of CVS stock to slide once this year. And then, it will likely move on to record-breaking levels for the newly combined companies. That's a victory in and of itself. Consider that the new-share issuance of CVS Health stock partly funded the acquisition.Notice the addition of Aetna will also stabilize CVS's otherwise wide seasonal swings in income.Perhaps the most bullish argument of all is the stock's forward-looking price-earnings ratio of 7.9. With or without challenges ahead, that's dirt cheap given the profit CVS Health could drive simply by coasting ahead. Looking Ahead for CVS Health StockThat being said, two key clues suggest the sentiment tide may have finally taken a turn for the better.One of them is the way CVS shares have repeatedly found a technical floor near $51.70. This is plotted with a yellow, dashed line on the chart. Bears have tested that floor three times since March, but it held up every time. It's a foundation the bulls can build on now that it's been established. Click to EnlargeThe other noteworthy nuance here is the amount of bullish volume that's kept CVS stock propped up. While February's pullback volume was significant, the same number of buyers (and perhaps more) have wanted to step back in.It's the first time we've seen this much technical support aided by this much buying interest.There's still work to be done, and there's still plenty of risk ahead. This week has been less than thrilling, with the buyers unwilling to follow through on last week's jolt. The bearish case is starting to crumble under the weight of the bullish case though. Its vertical and horizontal integrations appear to be working.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post The Worst Appears to Be Over for CVS Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • PR Newswire5 days ago

    CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation Building Healthier Communities across the Country with Nearly $3 Million in New Grants to Free Clinics

    The new funding will support approximately 130 Free & Charitable Clinics in their efforts to help patients manage chronic disease, provide more wraparound services to address the social determinants of health and support treatment and prevention of substance abuse, including opioid and tobacco. The new funds bring the company and the CVS Health Foundation's total contribution to NAFC to nearly $8 million since 2015.

  • CVS Health Tests Home Dialysis System; DaVita, Fresenius Hit
    Investor's Business Daily6 days ago

    CVS Health Tests Home Dialysis System; DaVita, Fresenius Hit

    CVS Health began a trial of a home dialysis system that could cut into a market controlled by Fresenius Medical and DaVita. But all three stocks fell.

  • CVS Stock Will Come Back Strong, but Be Wary of Upcoming Earnings
    InvestorPlace6 days ago

    CVS Stock Will Come Back Strong, but Be Wary of Upcoming Earnings

    Today, I'd like to discuss the short- and long-term outlook for CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), the integrated pharmacy health care company. CVS stock has been in a multi-year downtrend since July 2015, when it tapped an all-time high of $113.65.Source: Shutterstock Year-to-date, CVS stock which has missed the broader market rally in 2019, is down 13% and currently hovers around $57.5.When I look for companies to add to a diversified portfolio, I look for growing revenue, net income, and dividends, as these factors add favorably to the investment thesis.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTherefore, I regard CVS a good long-term pick. However, as it gets ready to report earnings on Aug.7, there might be some short-term price weakness in the stock that investors should anticipate. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip What to Expect from CVS Stock EarningsWhen CVS Health reports its next earnings, investors will analyze its three main segments: * Pharmacy Services (over 70% of sales come from it); * Retail/LTC; * Health Care Benefits (recently established).These segments provide CVS with diversified sources of revenue, earnings and cash flow. In May, CVS Health reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings.Revenue grew 34.8% to $61.6 billion. Adjusted operating income increased by 56.8% to $3.6 billion. Wall Street mostly credited this growth and improved metrics with the acquisition of Aetna, which CVS Health completed in November. As a side note, in Nov. 2018, CVS stock traded at about $80 per share. Aetna is the third-largest U.S. health insurance company by membership and revenue.The Pharmacy Services segment provides pharmacy benefit management services to employers, health plans, and government employee groups as well as government-sponsored programs. Revenues last quarter were up 3.1% year-over-year (YoY).The Retail/LTC segment fulfills prescriptions for medications, provides patient care programs, sells general merchandise, and offers health care services through walk-in clinics. Another way to think about this segment is the two parts to a CVS store, that is, the front retail section and the rear pharmacy section. Revenues rose 3.3% YoY.With the acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health established a new Health Care Benefits segment, which would be the equivalent of the former Aetna Health Care segment. This segment now provides a full range of insured and self-insured medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health products and services.CVS Health's quarterly report showed that adjusted earnings per share grew 9% to $1.62. Management also gave an improved outlook for the rest of the year -- a number highly cheered by investors. The company's size and presence, as well as its proactive management, are likely to increase the group's ability to grow revenue and earnings in future quarters, too. CVS Stock Has Long-Term StrengthsMost consumers know CVS Health as one of the largest pharmacies in the U.S. Yet with its Aetna health insurance unit, its Caremark PBM, and retail pharmacies, the group has also become a vertically integrated stock, providing a wide range of services and products.With almost 10,000 pharmacies in the U.S., the company operates a growing and profitable pharmacy segment, filling over a billion prescriptions per year. Going forward, CVS Health is expected to provide medical services within these store locations.At present, there are 1,100 walk-in Minute Clinics within those pharmacies, staffed by nurses and physician assistants. Minute Clinics, which started in 2000, have become the largest operator of retail health clinics, seeing patients for minor treatments, like flu shots, as well as advice on topics like weight loss and smoking cessation.In other words, there is further potential to combine CVS's current dense local footprint with the health care benefits and services offered by Aetna.We all get sick occasionally or have friends and relatives who may need treatments for chronic illnesses. Moreover, according to the Census Bureau, in about two decades the elderly will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. That means the country will need more health care facilities and drugs. Therefore, I expect the pharmacy section to continue to contribute strongly to CVS Healthcare bottom line.For CVS Health, 2019 will likely be remembered as a year of transition as management integrates the two companies and clarifies its focus on how to achieve the sustainable growth the group hopes to achieve. There are still questions to which investors do not have the full answers. And the CVS stock price action has been reflecting that uncertainty.With 2020 onward, though, investing in CVS may indeed become a healthy long-term supplement for most portfolios. I find the company to be well-positioned for the country's evolving demographics and the potential transformation of the U.S. health care system. Therefore it will likely continue to see growth in its fundamentals. What Could Derail CVS in the Short Term?Despite the strength in the recent earnings results, many investors are still wondering whether CVS Health might have overpaid for in the $69 billion Aetna deal announced in December 2017. In other words, investor sentiment remains weak, or shaky at best.Although analysts are hopeful that this merger will also create opportunities for cost savings, Wall Street is not exactly sure as to where the full synergies of the combined group will be.Furthermore, the acquisition of health-insurance giant Aetna is adding a substantial amount of debt to CVS's balance sheet. As of Q1, CVS' net debt, which includes both short and long-term debt, was $65 billion. In March 2018, investors showed a healthy appetite for CVS's $40 billion M&A bonds.Yet, many analysts regard the amount of long-term debt as quite risky. Therefore, potential investors may want to pay close attention to the debt levels in future earnings results.For CVS Health, its pharmacy benefits management (PBM) services have always been very important. If CVS cannot get its current PBM customers who are insured elsewhere to switch to Aetna, then investors may get worried about future earnings and decide to step on the sidelines.Or if CVS's PBM business cannot achieve greater negotiating power and benefits with drug companies, as management is hoping that the merger will enable the group to do, then CVS stock may become a bitter pill to swallow.Finally, a potential economic slowdown or increased competition in the healthcare segment, as well as potential regulatory changes in the U.S., could cause CVS stock to underperform in the rest of the year or 2020. Should Investors Buy CVS Health Stock in July?Long-term, I am bullish on the outlook for CVS Health stock as I believe management will take the right steps to achieve acquisition synergies. Now, the group has a wider reach in the healthcare industry.Furthermore, as debt levels decline, interest expenses will also decrease. As a result, CVS stock's earnings are likely to get on the road to a steady growth trajectory.Yet due to the decline in price since 2015, CVS Health stock has a not-so-pretty long-term technical picture. In the long-run, CVS stock needs to build a base again before a long-term sustained leg up can occur.On the other hand, the short-term technical chart has recently been improving, and CVS is stabilizing between $52.5 and $57.5.If you aren't already long CVS stock, you may want to remain on the sidelines until the earnings report as near-term trading is likely to be choppy. Or you may also consider buying covered calls in conjunction with going long on CVS Health stock.In general, selling covered calls on dividend-paying stocks, like CVS, would enable long-term investors to weather further volatility as well as create extra portfolio yield. If you would like to find more about the strategy you may want to talk to your investment advisor or broker.The internet also offers plenty of examples of how to execute covered calls. Most investment advisors would regard a covered call as a conservative strategy that requires no extra margin. Investor TakeawayAfter the next earnings call in August, if you still believe in the bull case for CVS Health stock, you may consider buying into the shares. Long-term shareholders would also enjoy a current dividend yield of 3.5%.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil holds CVS covered calls (July 19 expiry). More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post CVS Stock Will Come Back Strong, but Be Wary of Upcoming Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Reuters6 days ago

    CVS enters home dialysis care with clinical trial of new system

    CVS Health said on Wednesday it will start a clinical trial of its new home dialysis system this week, setting it up to compete directly with the two largest operators of U.S. dialysis centers, Fresenius Medical Care AG and DaVita Inc. It had announced last year that it was working on a home hemodialysis system, which would enable patients with end stage renal disease to have more frequent dialysis and potentially better health outcomes compared with clinic-based care. Without a transplant, patients with end-stage kidney disease require dialysis to clear their blood of waste and excess fluid, which involves spending three-to-five hours hooked up to a machine three times a week.

  • PR Newswire6 days ago

    CVS Health Announces Start of Clinical Trial for New Home Hemodialysis Device

    WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (CVS) today announced the initiation of a clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the HemoCare™ Hemodialysis System for administration of home hemodialysis. The innovative device includes safety features and is designed to make home hemodialysis simple for patients. Home hemodialysis helps facilitate longer, more frequent dialysis treatments as compared to in-center treatments, and published clinical research has found that longer, more frequent hemodialysis treatments result in better health outcomes in appropriate patient populations.1,2,3 The clinical trial of up to 70 patients will be conducted at up to ten sites in the United States.

  • TheStreet.com6 days ago

    CVS Health Starts Clinical Trials for Home Dialysis System

    CVS Health shares were unchanged in the premarket after the company said it would start a clinical trial of an experimental home-dialysis system for patients with end-stage renal disease. End-stage renal disease requires patients who haven't had kidney transplants to use dialysis machines to clear their blood of waste and excess fluid. The company estimates that more than 37 million Americans have kidney disease, with nearly 700,000 having end-stage renal disease.

  • Right Now It Looks as If It Is Time for CVS Stock to Breakout Higher
    InvestorPlace7 days ago

    Right Now It Looks as If It Is Time for CVS Stock to Breakout Higher

    It's been a tough run over the past few years for retail pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) giant CVS (NYSE:CVS), and CVS stock has had trouble gaining traction. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock On the retail side of things, increased competition and the threat of an Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) entry into retail pharmacy have both pressured current sales trends, and depressed investor sentiment regarding future sales trends. Meanwhile, on the PBM side of things, legislation has similarly pressured sales and profits.Net-net, while the S&P 500 is up more than 40% over the past four years, CVS stock is down nearly 50% over that same stretch.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor the past few months, with CVS finally stabilizing in the lower $50's, I've said time and time again that the long term bull thesis on CVS is starting to look compelling. That thesis is pretty simple. The present trends underlying CVS aren't great right now. But, they will get better, on both the retail and PBM sides. As those trends improve, they will converge on a depressed valuation, and spark a big rebound rally in CVS stock. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy This thesis has already played out in a small way. Over the past three months, CVS is up nearly 10%. But, there's reason to believe that this bull thesis will start to play out in a big way in the back half of 2019.As such, CVS looks like a good buy here, ahead of what could be a sizable second half 2019 rally in the stock. The Trends Are ImprovingThe core bull thesis on CVS stock rests on the idea that the company's operational trends are improving, and will continue to improve for the foreseeable future.On the retail side of things, CVS is the market share leader (25%-plus share) in a stable growth retail pharmacy market. But, the company's retail operations have been under pressure over the past few years due to intensifying competition, price pressures, and the threat of Amazon jumping into the pharmacy space.These threats are very real. But, they are starting to ease. Amazon's entry into this space has been over-hyped. Competition pressures are cooling as the industry is consolidating among the largest players. Price pressures are similarly easing.Indeed, last quarter, CVS reported very strong retail numbers with a 3.8% gain in same-store sales, paced by a 6.7% gain in pharmacy prescription volume, a multi-quarter high 1.2% gain in front store sales (adjusted for the Easter holiday shift), and 140 basis points of retail pharmacy market share expansion.On the PBM side, U.S. President Donald Trump just agreed to scrap a proposed PBM rebate overhaul that would've presented a huge revenue and profit headwind for CVS' PBM business. Broadly, this means that the big legislation headwind which CVS stock has been staring at over the past few quarters is now gone. This lifting of this headwind will provide a nice boost to investor sentiment regarding this company's PBM business.All in all, going into the back half of 2019, CVS stock should benefit from improving operational trends and investor sentiment. The Stock Is Too CheapThe other part of the bull thesis is that, because the stock is so cheap, improving operational trends and investor sentiment in the second half of 2019 will spark a big rally.CVS stock presently trades at 8.4-times forward earnings. The stock's average forward multiple over the past five years has hovered around 13.5, a 60%-plus premium to the current multiple. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 trades at 17-times forward earnings (more than double the CVS multiple), and even depressed drug retail stocks trade at 9.2-times forward earnings, a near 10% premium to the CVS multiple.Thus, relative to its historical self, the rest of the market, and peer drug retail stocks, CVS stock trades at a sizable discount.The thing about sizable discounts is that they lay the groundwork for sizable rallies in the event that the stock's fundamentals improve. That's exactly what will happen with CVS stock in the back half of 2019. The company's retail and PBM fundamentals will improve. Those improvements will simultaneously push forward profit estimates higher and spark healthy multiple expansion. That double tailwind will drive a substantial rally in CVS. Bottom Line on CVS StockCVS stock has been a big loser over the past four years. But, the fundamentals are starting to inflect, and CVS stock appears to be in the middle of a bottoming process that will ultimately result in the stock reversing course and heading substantially higher over the next few quarters.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CVS and AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Right Now It Looks as If It Is Time for CVS Stock to Breakout Higher appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Why CVS Health Stock Lost 17% Through the First Half of 2019
    Motley Fool8 days ago

    Why CVS Health Stock Lost 17% Through the First Half of 2019

    Shares of the pharmacy chain dipped on a weak outlook for 2019 as it works to integrate the Aetna acquisition.

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  • A Pairs Prescription for CVS Stock and Merck
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    A Pairs Prescription for CVS Stock and Merck

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    CVS Stock Is a Buy as It Prepares to Take on Private Insurance

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