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Markel Corp. (NYSE: MKL) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Markel Corp. (NYSE: MKL), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 12861.51. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Markel Corp. is 913.2 (with a change from open of -0.10%), this in conjunction with a target price of 947.5. Volume today has so far reached 8164, with an average volume of about 29.07. The GAP for this stock, is -0.14%.

The P/E ratio is 23.96, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 30.03. The current EPS for Markel Corp., is 38.21, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 87.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 3.63%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Markel Corp., EPS is looking like it will grow -8.69% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 11.00%. Quarter over quarter is -16.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 5.70%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 8.90%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 19.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 2.40% and institutional ownership is 76.70%. Shares outstanding is 14.05, while shares float is at a value of 13.59. Float short for Markel Corp. is 0.74% and the short ratio is 3.44.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.31, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.31. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is , and the quick ratio is . The most recent gross margin is and their operating margin is 15.40%. The profit margin is 9.70%.

Markel Corp. has seen returns on assets of 2.10%, and on investment, 7.00%. Return on equity is 6.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.18. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.31, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.52 and Price/cash is 6.41, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 31.53.

The simple moving averages are -2.31% and 0.81% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -7.68% and the 52 week low is 15.31%.

Markel Corp. has a dividend yield of , with a current price of 913.2. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 0.00%. This is in an industry, Property & Casualty Insurance, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Financial. Markel Corp. is based in USA.

Performance in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry means that Markel Corp. has seen performance for the past week of -0.64%, with performance for the month coming to -0.41%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -1.09%, and for the half year the performance is 12.79%. Volatility for this week is 1.73% and for the month this is 1.17%.

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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