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Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 14772.74. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Hess Corporation is 46.4 (with a change from open of -1.28%), this in conjunction with a target price of 65.04. Volume today has so far reached 1891243, with an average volume of about 4146.98. The GAP for this stock, is 1.12%.

The P/E ratio is , bringing the forward P/E to a value of . The current EPS for Hess Corporation, is -10.35, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -299.60%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -2.71%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Hess Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 41.00% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be . Quarter over quarter is 33.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -34.40%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -29.50%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been -28.10%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 12.56% and institutional ownership is 85.80%. Shares outstanding is 317.83, while shares float is at a value of 281.07. Float short for Hess Corporation is 6.89% and the short ratio is 4.67.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.32, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.33. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 2.2, and the quick ratio is 2. The most recent gross margin is 76.60% and their operating margin is -76.50%. The profit margin is -57.10%.

Hess Corporation has seen returns on assets of -8.60%, and on investment, -10.30%. Return on equity is -14.80%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is . Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.79, with Price/book ratio coming to 0.72 and Price/cash is 4.77, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is .

The simple moving averages are -14.12% and -10.05% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -26.52% and the 52 week low is 45.28%.

Hess Corporation has a dividend yield of 2.15%, with a current price of 46.4. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is . This is in an industry, Independent Oil & Gas, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Basic Materials. Hess Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Independent Oil & Gas industry means that Hess Corporation has seen performance for the past week of -6.39%, with performance for the month coming to -17.59%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -17.96%, and for the half year the performance is -13.18%. Volatility for this week is 2.88% and for the month this is 2.85%.

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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