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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: POSCO, PKX

POSCO, PKX is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Steel & Iron in the sector of Basic Materials. Based in South Korea, POSCO, PKX  has a market cap of 17475.23. Since its IPO date on the 10/14/1994, POSCO, PKX performance year to date is 35.83%. Today POSCO, PKX has gained -5.56%, with a current price of 48.03.

Ownership of the company is 9.30% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 7.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 290.00%. Return of assets are at 0.30%, with return on investment at 2.30%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, POSCO, PKX is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.31. While Total debt/equity is 0.58. With a profit margin of 0.50%, this is combined with a gross margin of 11.60%, and operating margin of 3.20%. POSCO ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.5, while the quick ratio is 1.1.

For the last year POSCO, PKX has seen a EPS growth of -75.40%. A performance for the year of 21.04%. The 52-week high is -13.62%, and the 52-week low is 55.09%. The average volume for POSCO, PKX is 346200.

With a target price of 54.03, can POSCO, PKX reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of POSCO, PKX. POSCO has a P/E of 64.38 and a forward P/E of 11.2. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.5. POSCO also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.36 and 0.41 respectively. For P/cash, POSCO has a value of 2.28, while it is 4.65 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 48.03, POSCO has a dividend yield of 1.39%. We see a return on equity of 0.60%.

Looking more long-term POSCO, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 25.80%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 31.80% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -75.40% for this year and for the last five years a -49.00% growth has been seen.

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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