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Is Ecolab Inc.(NYSE: ECL), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/5/1988. Ecolab Inc. is in the Cleaning Products industry and Consumer Goods sector. Average volume for Ecolab Inc., is 1064.44, and so far today it has a volume of 649003. Performance year to date since the 1/5/1988 is 4.15%.

To help you determine whether Ecolab Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 35.55 and forward P/E is 23.64. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Ecolab Inc. has a value for PEG of 3. P/S ratio is 2.62 and the P/B ratio is 5.29. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 130.13 and 30.11 respectively.

At the current price Ecolab Inc. is trading at, 118.46 (0.07% today), Ecolab Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.18%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 40.20%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 3.33, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 12.80% after growing -15.40% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 0.50%, and -6.10% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 295.16, and the number of shares float is 292.04. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.40%, and institutional ownership is at 88.40%. The float short is 1.43%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.92. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.30%, and also a return on investment of 9.40%.

The ability for Ecolab Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1, and quick ratio is 0.7. Long term debt/equity is 0.77 and total debt/equity is 1.04. In terms of margins, Ecolab Inc. has a gross margin of 47.70%, with its operating margin at 11.60%, and Ecolab Inc. has a profit margin of 7.50%.

The 52 week high is -2.70%, with 20.87% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -0.26% and the 200 day simple moving average is 4.41%.

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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