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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Agrium Inc., AGU

Agrium Inc., AGU is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Agricultural Chemicals in the sector of Basic Materials. Based in Canada, Agrium Inc., AGUĀ  has a market cap of 12294.19. Since its IPO date on the 5/5/1995, Agrium Inc., AGU performance year to date is 1.89%. Today Agrium Inc., AGU has gained 0.33%, with a current price of 89.25.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 70.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 49.50%. Return of assets are at 5.80%, with return on investment at 10.90%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Agrium Inc., AGU is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.73. While Total debt/equity is 0.85. With a profit margin of 6.70%, this is combined with a gross margin of 26.30%, and operating margin of 11.00%. Agrium Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.2, while the quick ratio is 0.5.

For the last year Agrium Inc., AGU has seen a EPS growth of 26.50%. A performance for the year of -8.61%. The 52-week high is -13.88%, and the 52-week low is 13.87%. The average volume for Agrium Inc., AGU is 408976.

With a target price of 95.73, can Agrium Inc., AGU reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Agrium Inc., AGU. Agrium Inc. has a P/E of 12.95 and a forward P/E of 13.87. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 4.55. Agrium Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.84 and 2.03 respectively. For P/cash, Agrium Inc. has a value of *TBA, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 89.25, Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.92%. We see a return on equity of 15.70%.

Looking more long-term Agrium Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 2.85%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 13.58% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 26.50% for this year and for the last five years a 8.50% 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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