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Prudential plc (NYSE: PUK) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Prudential plc (NYSE: PUK), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 46569.26. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Prudential plc is 36.1 (with a change from open of 0.19%), this in conjunction with a target price of 43.45. Volume today has so far reached 256460, with an average volume of about 953.56. The GAP for this stock, is 1.61%.

The P/E ratio is 18.74, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 9.81. The current EPS for Prudential plc, is 1.89, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 16.20%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -18.35%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Prudential plc, EPS is looking like it will grow 8.56% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 9.00%. Quarter over quarter is -40.20% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 16.00%. 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 -2.80%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 1.20% and institutional ownership is 1.40%. Shares outstanding is 1313.29, while shares float is at a value of 1283.88. Float short for Prudential plc is 0.06% and the short ratio is 0.87.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.7, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.7. 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 4.00%. The profit margin is 3.50%.

Prudential plc has seen returns on assets of 0.50%, and on investment, 12.70%. Return on equity is 14.20%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.08. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.68, with Price/book ratio coming to 2.35 and Price/cash is 4.12, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is .

The simple moving averages are 1.59% and -2.72% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -22.80% and the 52 week low is 25.02%.

Prudential plc has a dividend yield of 3.92%, with a current price of 36.1. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 55.10%. This is in an industry, Life Insurance, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Financial. Prudential plc is based in United Kingdom.

Performance in the Life Insurance industry means that Prudential plc has seen performance for the past week of -4.06%, with performance for the month coming to -2.84%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 0.80%, and for the half year the performance is -15.93%. Volatility for this week is 1.76% 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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