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Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE: PANW) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE: PANW), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 13490.57. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Palo Alto Networks, Inc. is 151.2 (with a change from open of 0.80%), this in conjunction with a target price of 180.23. Volume today has so far reached 351131, with an average volume of about 1618.15. The GAP for this stock, is 0.60%.

The P/E ratio is , bringing the forward P/E to a value of 39.37. The current EPS for Palo Alto Networks, Inc., is -2.59, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -28.30%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -15.35%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Palo Alto Networks, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 36.32% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 41.93%. Quarter over quarter is -12.00% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 41.20%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -66.60%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 63.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 3.70% and institutional ownership is 81.20%. Shares outstanding is 90.48, while shares float is at a value of 87.83. Float short for Palo Alto Networks, Inc. is 7.56% and the short ratio is 4.1.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.64, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.64. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 2, and the quick ratio is 2. The most recent gross margin is 73.20% and their operating margin is -13.80%. The profit margin is -16.40%.

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. has seen returns on assets of -9.30%, and on investment, -16.20%. Return on equity is -34.90%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is . Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 9.79, with Price/book ratio coming to 16.77 and Price/cash is 10.49, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 23.04.

The simple moving averages are 12.12% and 4.30% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -22.35% and the 52 week low is 36.11%.

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. has a dividend yield of , with a current price of 151.2. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is . This is in an industry, Networking & Communication Devices, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Technology. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Networking & Communication Devices industry means that Palo Alto Networks, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 3.25%, with performance for the month coming to 9.55%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 16.21%, and for the half year the performance is -19.09%. Volatility for this week is 2.53% and for the month this is 2.75%.

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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