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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL)?

The company in question is, Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL) currently with a stock price of 935.27 (-0.99% today). The market cap for Markel Corp. is 13423.76, and is in the sector Financial, and Property & Casualty Insurance industry. The target price for Markel Corp. is 947.5. Currently Markel Corp. is trading with a P/E of 24.73, and a forward P/E of 30.99. Average volume for Markel Corp. is 28.94 and so far today it is 1159.

Performance in the last year for Markel Corp. has been 15.18%. For EPS growth, Markel Corp. has seen a growth of 87.50%, and is looking to grow in the next year to -8.69%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 8.90% over the last five years and could be 11.00% for the next five years. Markel Corp. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 5.70%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -16.70%. The 20-day simple moving average is -0.07%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 3.26%.

Since the IPO date for Markel Corp. on the 3/26/1990, Markel Corp. has seen performance year to date to be 6.94%. With Markel Corp. trading at 935.27, the dividend yield is *TBA, and the EPS is 38.21.

So could Markel Corp., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 24.73. The PEG is 2.25, P/S is 2.41 and the P/B is at 1.57. The P/cash is 6.69, with P/free cash flow at 32.91.

Markel Corp. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is *TBA, and the quick ratio is *TBA. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.31, and total debt/equity at 0.31.

In terms of margins, Markel Corp. has a gross margin of *TBA, an operating margin of 15.40% and a profit margin of 9.70%.Payout ratio for Markel Corp. is 0.00%. Return on assets come to 2.10% with return on investment coming to 7.00%.

Insider ownership for Markel Corp., is at 2.50% and institutional ownership comes to 76.70%. Outstanding shares are at 14.21. While shares float is 13.59. The float short is currently 0.85%, and short ratio is 3.99.

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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