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Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 72042.82. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Accenture plc is 110.62 (with a change from open of 0.01%), this in conjunction with a target price of 123.62. Volume today has so far reached 530865, with an average volume of about 2250.51. The GAP for this stock, is 0.66%.

The P/E ratio is 18.56, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 18.87. The current EPS for Accenture plc, is 5.92, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 5.40%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 6.17%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Accenture plc, EPS is looking like it will grow 9.27% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 10.07%. Quarter over quarter is 13.80% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 8.40%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 12.30%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 7.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 80.00%. Shares outstanding is 655.65, while shares float is at a value of 627.6. Float short for Accenture plc is 1.93% and the short ratio is 5.37.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0, while the total debt/equity comes to 0. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.4, and the quick ratio is 1.4. The most recent gross margin is 29.60% and their operating margin is 15.40%. The profit margin is 11.10%.

Accenture plc has seen returns on assets of 20.50%, and on investment, 53.50%. Return on equity is 58.20%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.84. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.11, with Price/book ratio coming to 9.61 and Price/cash is 20.58, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 34.28.

The simple moving averages are -2.72% and 0.75% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -8.41% and the 52 week low is 22.20%.

Accenture plc has a dividend yield of 2.00%, with a current price of 110.62. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 36.40%. This is in an industry, Information Technology Services, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Technology. Accenture plc is based in Ireland.

Performance in the Information Technology Services industry means that Accenture plc has seen performance for the past week of -0.46%, with performance for the month coming to -2.70%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -6.54%, and for the half year the performance is 13.81%. Volatility for this week is 1.98% and for the month this is 1.42%.

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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