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Is Waters Corporation(NYSE: WAT), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 11/17/1995. Waters Corporation is in the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Waters Corporation, is 453.86, and so far today it has a volume of 371600. Performance year to date since the 11/17/1995 is 18.51%.

To help you determine whether Waters Corporation is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 26.76 and forward P/E is 22.35. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Waters Corporation has a value for PEG of 2.75. P/S ratio is 6.12 and the P/B ratio is 6. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 4.94 and 25.57 respectively.

At the current price Waters Corporation is trading at, 159.49 (0.16% today), Waters Corporation has a dividend yield of *TBA, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 0.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.96, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 8.61% after growing 11.40% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 24.10%, and 8.50% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 80.53, and the number of shares float is 76.96. The senior management bring insider ownership to 3.10%, and institutional ownership is at 96.40%. The float short is 3.63%, with the short ratio at a value of 6.16. Management has seen a return on assets of 11.40%, and also a return on investment of 13.30%.

The ability for Waters Corporation, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 6.5, and quick ratio is 6. Long term debt/equity is 0.76 and total debt/equity is 0.82. In terms of margins, Waters Corporation has a gross margin of 58.70%, with its operating margin at 27.70%, and Waters Corporation has a profit margin of 23.30%.

The 52 week high is -1.87%, with 42.40% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 4.07% and the 200 day simple moving average is 17.19%.

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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