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Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH): No Stopping The Stock Plunge?

Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) price closed higher on Friday, February 09, jumping 3.89% below its previous close.

A look at the daily price movement shows that the last close reads $4.86. The company’s 5Y monthly beta was ticking 1.60 while its P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period read 2.16. Taking into account the 52-week price action we note that the stock hit a 52-week high of $8.01 and 52-week low of $2.01. The stock added 8.66% on its value in the past month.

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Community Health Systems, Inc., which has a market valuation of $532.15 million, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Feb 13, 2024 – Feb 19, 2024. Analysts tracking CYH have forecast the quarterly EPS to grow by 0.06 per share this quarter, while the same analysts predict the annual EPS to hit -$0.93 for the year 2024 and up to $0.07 for 2024. In this case, analysts estimate an annual EPS growth of 32.60% for the year and 107.50% for the next year.

On average, analysts have forecast the company’s revenue for the quarter will hit $3.16 billion, with the likely lows of $3.13 billion and highs of $3.18 billion. The average estimate suggests sales growth for the quarter will likely rise by 0.40% when compared to those recorded in the same quarter in the last financial year. Staying with the analyst view, there is a consensus estimate of $12.46 billion for the company’s annual revenue in 2023. Per this projection, the revenue is forecast to grow 2.10% above that which the company brought in 2023.

Revisions to the company’s EPS highlights a short term direction of a stock’s price movement, which in the last 7 days came up with no upward and no downward reviews. On the technical perspective front, indicators give CYH a short term outlook of 100% Buy on average. Looking at the stock’s medium term indicators we note that it is averaging as a 50% Buy, while an average of long term indicators are currently assigning the stock as 50% Buy.

The overview shows that CYH’s price is at present -112.08% off the SMA20 and 2.02% from the SMA50. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) metric on the 14-day timeframe is pointing at 61.86, with weekly volatility standing at 4.24%. The indicator jumps to 5.39% when calculated based on the past 30 days. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH)’s beta value is holding at 1.57, while the average true range (ATR) indicator is currently reading 0.19.

Turning out attention to how the Community Health Systems, Inc. stock has performed in comparison to its peers in the industry, here’s what we find: CYH’s stock is 3.89% on the day and -24.32% in the past 12 months, while Select Medical Holdings Corp. (SEM) traded 0.69%% in the last session and was positioned -8.49% down on its price 12 months ago. Turning out attention to how the Community Health Systems, Inc. stock has performed in comparison to its peers in the industry, here’s what we find: CYH’s stock is 3.89% on the day and -24.32% in the past 12 months, while Select Medical Holdings Corp. (SEM) traded 0.69%% in the last session and was positioned -8.49% down on its price 12 months ago. Another comparison is with HCA Healthcare Inc. (HCA) whose stock price was up 0.28%% in the last trading session, and has flourished 19.37% over the past year. Also, Tenet Healthcare Corp. (THC) showed down trend of -1.04%% while its price kept floating at 50.20% over the past year. As for Community Health Systems, Inc., the P/E ratio stands at 2.16 lower than that of Select Medical Holdings Corp.’s at 15.03 and HCA Healthcare Inc.’s 16.14.

An analysis of the Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) stock in terms of its daily trading volume indicates that the 3-month average is 0.94. However, this figure increases on the past 10-day timeline to an average of 1.32 million.

Current records show that the company has 134.70M in outstanding shares. The insiders’ percentage holdings are 8.21% of outstanding shares while the percentage share held by institutions stands at 79.72%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Jan 31, 2024, stood at 6.13 million shares, which puts the short ratio at the time at 3.19. From this we can glean that short interest is 4.48% of company’s current outstanding shares. Notably, we see that shares short in January fall slightly given the previous month’s figure stood at 6.97 million. But the 24.28% upside, the stock’s price has registered year-to-date as of last trading, will likely reignite investor interest given the prospect of it rallying even higher.