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The Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE: BNS) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

The Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE: BNS), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 64136.49. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for The Bank of Nova Scotia is 53.43 (with a change from open of 0.17%), this in conjunction with a target price of 56.7. Volume today has so far reached 207804, with an average volume of about 743.77. The GAP for this stock, is 0.83%.

The P/E ratio is 12.32, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 11.04. The current EPS for The Bank of Nova Scotia, is 4.29, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 0.00%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 33.81%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for The Bank of Nova Scotia, EPS is looking like it will grow 4.97% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 4.52%. Quarter over quarter is 5.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 9.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 8.10%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 3.70%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at and institutional ownership is 65.50%. Shares outstanding is 1212.41, while shares float is at a value of 1204.52. Float short for The Bank of Nova Scotia is 1.05% and the short ratio is 17.07.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.15, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.15. 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 53.50%. The profit margin is 31.50%.

The Bank of Nova Scotia has seen returns on assets of 0.80%, and on investment, 16.80%. Return on equity is 13.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.72. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 3.89, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.65 and Price/cash is 0.27, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 4.

The simple moving averages are 3.57% and 15.37% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -3.10% and the 52 week low is 56.11%.

The Bank of Nova Scotia has a dividend yield of 4.29%, with a current price of 53.43. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 50.00%. This is in an industry, Money Center Banks, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Financial. The Bank of Nova Scotia is based in Canada.

Performance in the Money Center Banks industry means that The Bank of Nova Scotia has seen performance for the past week of -1.08%, with performance for the month coming to 1.95%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 6.95%, and for the half year the performance is 23.49%. Volatility for this week is 1.55% and for the month this is 1.23%.

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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