Cerner stock: buy or sell?

CERN stock price: $69.55 1.56% At close on May 20th, 2019

Updated on:
May 20th, 2019


Cerner ended today at $69.55 and grew a nice 1.56%.

Cerner Corporation provides health care information technology solutions and services in the United States and internationally.

Should I buy Cerner stock?

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Only 1 of our buy setups matches with Cerner stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Cerner stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. At, we detected 5 ratings published for CERN stock in the last 30 days.

Is CERN a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-4-9Cantor Fitzgeraldn/aBuy
2019-4-10SunTrust BanksHoldBuy
2019-2-28Morgan StanleyEqual WeightUnderweight

Cerner stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Cerner grew a nice 1.56% and closed at $69.55.

Shares of Cerner closed today at $69.55 and grew a nice 1.56%. Since last April 9th when CERN stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $12.46 (21.83%).

CERN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Cerner inched a beatiful 1.56% this week. Early April CERN boosted an astounding 8.73% in just one week.

Cerner shows a strong mid-term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom by mid April, CERN stock climbed unceasignly breaking out above its last top at $66.03. Since this week when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, CERN price gained $1.07 per share (1.56%). Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up early April, CERN climbed $12.23 (21.34%).

CERN stock chart (weekly)

Cerner stock price history

Cerner stock went public on December 5th, 1986 with a price of $0.271. Since then, CERN stock grew a 25,659.30%, with an average of 801.90% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in Cerner stock in 1986, it would worth $256,593.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Cerner stock historical price chart

CERN stock reached 52-week highs today at $69.74, and all-time highs 2015-04-13 with a price of 75.72.

Cerner stock price target is $66.80

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We have 4 price forecasts for CERN stock published in the last month:
CERN stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-4-9Cantor FitzgeraldReiteratesn/a$75.00-
2019-2-28Morgan StanleyDowngrades$68.00$47.00-30.9%
(in average)$68.00$66.80-2.0%
Moving in a range from $77.00 and $47.00, the price target for CERN stock is $66.80.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since Apr/30, when Cerner published its last earnings report, it gained a fine 4.67%. Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
CERN earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Cerner annual revenues raised a good 4.36% to $5,366.33 M USD from $5,142.27 marked in 2017. Nevertheless, its profit margin (compared to sales) eased to 11.74%, that is $630.06 million.

To have an up to date picture of the financial situation of Cerner, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Cerner TTM sales up to March 2019 were $5,463.34 and earnings were $636.28 M USD. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Cerner business evolution since December 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, appreciated a tiny 1.81%. Regarding profit margin, Cerner remained constant -0.09% to 11.74%

CERN annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$2,910 M-$398 M13.7%-
2014$3,403 M16.93%$525 M15.4%31.90%
2015$4,425 M30.05%$539 M12.2%2.65%
2016$4,796 M8.39%$636 M13.3%18.01%
2017$5,142 M7.21%$867 M16.9%36.21%
2018$5,366 M4.36%$630 M11.7%-27.33%
TTM $5,463 M1.81%$636 M11.6%0.99%

Quarterly financial results

Cerner posted $1,389.88 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a 1.77% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $166.22 M with a profit margin of 11.96%. Profit margin inched a 2.34% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 9.62%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Cerner sales marked a shining gain and rose a 7.50%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Cerner posted 2 negative quarters in a row.
CERN quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$1,290 M-$180 M13.9%-
2017-Q3$1,280 M-0.78%$177 M13.9%-1.26%
2017-Q4$1,314 M2.64%$337 M25.6%89.75%
2018-Q1$1,293 M-1.59%$160 M12.4%-52.47%
2018-Q2$1,368 M5.79%$169 M12.4%5.85%
2018-Q3$1,340 M-2.02%$169 M12.6%0.01%
2018-Q4$1,366 M1.91%$131 M9.6%-22.47%
2019-Q1$1,390 M1.77%$166 M12.0%26.58%

Cerner ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Cerner, 4.42% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for CERN stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Cerner:

Market cap$22.6 B$368.2 M$14.7 B$87.2 B$2.7 B
Total shares325.4 M13.8 M268.3 M8,720.0 M87.1 M
Float shares314.4 M11.6 M267.3 M8,710.0 M85.8 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)82.8%90.4%88.3%58.6%100.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)4.4%4.6%0.4%0.2%1.6%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Cerner summary

Monday, May 20th, 2019
Day range$67.87 - $69.74
Previous close$68.48
Session gain1.56%
Average true range$1.44
50d mov avg$62.25
100d mov avg$58.59
200d mov avg$59.81
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb03c

Cerner performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Cerner to Computer Programs and Systems, DXC Technology, General Electric, HMS, McKesson, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, 3M, Omnicell and Streamline Health Solutions:
CPSIComputer Programs...-18.30%5.89%-14.85%
DXCDXC Technology-17.77%-5.15%-32.23%
GEGeneral Electric3.20%30.04%-29.03%
MDRXAllscripts Health...-14.91%1.27%-19.21%
STRMStreamline Health...31.07%53.41%-12.34%

Cerner competitors

One check before investing in any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for Cerner. We selected 9 companies as Cerner competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.

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