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The Chaikin Power Gauge Rating for Express Scripts Holding Company ESRX is Bullish due to very strong earnings performance and attractive financial metrics. The stock also has negative expert activity. ESRX's earnings performance is very strong as a result of high earnings growth over the past 3-5 years and better than expected earnings in recent quarters.

ESRX's financial metrics are very good. The company generates high free cash flow relative to market capitalization and has high revenue per share. The factor rank is based on the stock having low price to book value, high return on equity, low price to sales ratio, and relatively high cash flow, but high long term debt to equity ratio.

ESRX's earnings performance has been very strong. The company has a history of strong earnings growth and is priced relatively low compared to next year's projected EPS. The factor rank is based on the stock having high earnings growth over the past 3-5 years, a relatively low projected P/E ratio, and consistent earnings over the past 5 years, but worse than expected earnings in recent quarters, and a relatively poor yearly earnings trend.

Price/volume activity for ESRX is neutral. ESRX is experiencing sustained accumulation and has underperformed the S&P 500 over the past 6 months. The factor rank is based on the stock having strong Chaikin Money Flow persistency, strength vs. its long-term price trend, positive trend momentum, and an increasing volume trend, but relative weakness versus the market.

Expert activity about ESRX is negative. Insiders are not net buyers of ESRX's stock and analysts have been lowering their earnings estimates for ESRX. The factor rank is based on the stock having analysts revising earnings estimates downward, and insiders not purchasing significant amounts of stock, but a low short interest ratio, optimistic analyst opinions, and strong performance of the industry group.

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