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

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 6/17/1992. Praxair Inc. is in the Chemicals – Major Diversified industry and Basic Materials sector. Average volume for Praxair Inc., is 1216.45, and so far today it has a volume of 441471. Performance year to date since the 6/17/1992 is 20.72%.

To help you determine whether Praxair Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 22.17 and forward P/E is 20.14. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Praxair Inc. has a value for PEG of 3.61. P/S ratio is 3.33 and the P/B ratio is 6.77. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 61.43 and 83.12 respectively.

At the current price Praxair Inc. is trading at, 121.41 (-0.39% today), Praxair Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.46%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 53.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.5, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 9.56% after growing -6.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 30.80%, and -2.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 285.74, and the number of shares float is 284.81. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 88.20%. The float short is 1.32%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.09. Management has seen a return on assets of 8.30%, and also a return on investment of 12.50%.

The ability for Praxair Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.3, and quick ratio is 1.1. Long term debt/equity is 1.79 and total debt/equity is 1.94. In terms of margins, Praxair Inc. has a gross margin of 44.90%, with its operating margin at 22.60%, and Praxair Inc. has a profit margin of 15.10%.

The 52 week high is -2.87%, with 28.79% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 5.29% and the 200 day simple moving average is 10.88%.

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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