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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Carnival plc, CUK

Carnival plc, CUK is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is General Entertainment in the sector of Services. Based in United Kingdom, Carnival plc, CUKĀ  has a market cap of 32987.41. Since its IPO date on the 10/23/2000, Carnival plc, CUK performance year to date is -19.54%. Today Carnival plc, CUK has gained 1.76%, with a current price of 45.2.

Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 3.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 48.30%. Return of assets are at 4.80%, with return on investment at 7.80%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Carnival plc, CUK is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.35. While Total debt/equity is 0.4. With a profit margin of 11.70%, this is combined with a gross margin of 52.80%, and operating margin of 17.30%. Carnival plc ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.3, while the quick ratio is 0.2.

For the last year Carnival plc, CUK has seen a EPS growth of 44.30%. A performance for the year of -9.47%. The 52-week high is -21.15%, and the 52-week low is 7.88%. The average volume for Carnival plc, CUK is 385113.

With a target price of 44, can Carnival plc, CUK reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Carnival plc, CUK. Carnival plc has a P/E of 19.03 and a forward P/E of 11.11. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.42. Carnival plc also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.08 and 1.53 respectively. For P/cash, Carnival plc has a value of 42.4, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 45.2, Carnival plc has a dividend yield of 3.10%. We see a return on equity of 7.90%.

Looking more long-term Carnival plc, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 13.40%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 21.49% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 44.30% for this year and for the last five years a -1.80% 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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