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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM

Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Grocery Stores in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM  has a market cap of 10279.17. Since its IPO date on the 1/23/1992, Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM performance year to date is -1.17%. Today Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM has gained -1.46%, with a current price of 32.2.

Ownership of the company is 0.30% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 86.60%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 35.50%. Return of assets are at 8.40%, with return on investment at 13.50%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.32. While Total debt/equity is 0.32. With a profit margin of 3.30%, this is combined with a gross margin of 34.70%, and operating margin of 5.30%. Whole Foods Market, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.6, while the quick ratio is 1.2.

For the last year Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM has seen a EPS growth of -4.90%. A performance for the year of -15.08%. The 52-week high is -21.95%, and the 52-week low is 15.74%. The average volume for Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM is 2163422.

With a target price of 30.24, can Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM. Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a P/E of 21.9 and a forward P/E of 20.75. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.61. Whole Foods Market, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.66 and 3.23 respectively. For P/cash, Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a value of 12.12, while it is 131.78 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 32.2, Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.65%. We see a return on equity of 14.20%.

Looking more long-term Whole Foods Market, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 6.06%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 3.28% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -4.90% for this year and for the last five years a 15.70% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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