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Is POSCO(NYSE: PKX), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. POSCO (NYSE: PKX) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 10/14/1994. POSCO is in the Steel & Iron industry and Basic Materials sector. Average volume for POSCO, is 307.14, and so far today it has a volume of 411600. Performance year to date since the 10/14/1994 is 45.33%.

To help you determine whether POSCO is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 69.92 and forward P/E is 11.98. PEG perhaps more useful shows that POSCO has a value for PEG of 2.71. P/S ratio is 0.38 and the P/B ratio is 0.44. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 2.43 and 4.94 respectively.

At the current price POSCO is trading at, 51.39 (0.82% today), POSCO has a dividend yield of 5.06%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 290.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 0.74, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 31.80% after growing -75.40% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 49.30%, and -15.40% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 357.59, and the number of shares float is 347.84. The senior management bring insider ownership to 9.30%, and institutional ownership is at 7.40%. The float short is 0.22%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.52. Management has seen a return on assets of 0.30%, and also a return on investment of 2.30%.

The ability for POSCO, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.5, and quick ratio is 1.1. Long term debt/equity is 0.31 and total debt/equity is 0.58. In terms of margins, POSCO has a gross margin of 11.60%, with its operating margin at 3.20%, and POSCO has a profit margin of 0.50%.

The 52 week high is -7.57%, with 65.93% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 7.40% and the 200 day simple moving average is 18.65%.

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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