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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Viacom, Inc., VIAB

Viacom, Inc., VIAB is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Entertainment – Diversified in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Viacom, Inc., VIABĀ  has a market cap of 15748.56. Since its IPO date on the 12/5/2005, Viacom, Inc., VIAB performance year to date is -8.80%. Today Viacom, Inc., VIAB has gained -3.36%, with a current price of 36.8.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 91.10%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 30.70%. Return of assets are at 9.20%, with return on investment at 16.40%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Viacom, Inc., VIAB is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 2.69. While Total debt/equity is 3.02. With a profit margin of 15.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 48.20%, and operating margin of 24.80%. Viacom, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1, while the quick ratio is 0.8.

For the last year Viacom, Inc., VIAB has seen a EPS growth of -12.90%. A performance for the year of -13.53%. The 52-week high is -28.99%, and the 52-week low is 24.67%. The average volume for Viacom, Inc., VIAB is 5820700.

With a target price of 46.58, can Viacom, Inc., VIAB reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Viacom, Inc., VIAB. Viacom, Inc. has a P/E of 7.1 and a forward P/E of 8.59. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 4.03. Viacom, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.21 and 3.57 respectively. For P/cash, Viacom, Inc. has a value of 82.02, while it is 18.19 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 36.8, Viacom, Inc. has a dividend yield of 4.35%. We see a return on equity of 54.40%.

Looking more long-term Viacom, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 1.76%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 9.68% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -12.90% for this year and for the last five years a 19.70% 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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