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Is The Kroger Co.(NYSE: KR), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/3/1977. The Kroger Co. is in the Grocery Stores industry and Services sector. Average volume for The Kroger Co., is 9122.67, and so far today it has a volume of 3605652. Performance year to date since the 1/3/1977 is -21.66%.

To help you determine whether The Kroger Co. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 15.2 and forward P/E is 13.44. PEG perhaps more useful shows that The Kroger Co. has a value for PEG of 1.65. P/S ratio is 0.28 and the P/B ratio is 4.84. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 79.2 and 26.38 respectively.

At the current price The Kroger Co. is trading at, 32.6 (0.45% today), The Kroger Co. has a dividend yield of 1.48%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 19.40%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.14, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 8.98% after growing 18.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 12.00%, and 4.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 954, and the number of shares float is 943.92. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.60%, and institutional ownership is at 81.90%. The float short is 3.69%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.81. Management has seen a return on assets of 6.40%, and also a return on investment of 13.40%.

The ability for The Kroger Co., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.7, and quick ratio is 0.2. Long term debt/equity is 1.52 and total debt/equity is 1.93. In terms of margins, The Kroger Co. has a gross margin of 22.40%, with its operating margin at 3.30%, and The Kroger Co. has a profit margin of 1.90%.

The 52 week high is -23.00%, with 20.83% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -6.92% and the 200 day simple moving average is -12.01%.

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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