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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Praxair Inc., PX

Praxair Inc., PX is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Chemicals – Major Diversified in the sector of Basic Materials. Based in USA, Praxair Inc., PX  has a market cap of 32750.12. Since its IPO date on the 6/17/1992, Praxair Inc., PX performance year to date is 13.63%. Today Praxair Inc., PX has gained 2.59%, with a current price of 114.74.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 87.30%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 55.70%. Return of assets are at 7.90%, with return on investment at 12.50%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Praxair Inc., PX is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.89. While Total debt/equity is 1.92. With a profit margin of 14.10%, this is combined with a gross margin of 44.80%, and operating margin of 21.40%. Praxair Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.6, while the quick ratio is 1.3.

For the last year Praxair Inc., PX has seen a EPS growth of -6.60%. A performance for the year of 1.67%. The 52-week high is -3.76%, and the 52-week low is 21.72%. The average volume for Praxair Inc., PX is 1024008.

With a target price of 118.67, can Praxair Inc., PX reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Praxair Inc., PX. Praxair Inc. has a P/E of 22.19 and a forward P/E of 18.83. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.5. Praxair Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.11 and 6.7 respectively. For P/cash, Praxair Inc. has a value of 148.19, while it is 76.52 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 114.74, Praxair Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.61%. We see a return on equity of 32.10%.

Looking more long-term Praxair Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 6.34%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 9.67% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -6.60% for this year and for the last five years a 6.90% 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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