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Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 12502.02. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Waters Corporation is 154.94 (with a change from open of 0.36%), this in conjunction with a target price of 158.62. Volume today has so far reached 78638, with an average volume of about 472. The GAP for this stock, is 0.32%.

The P/E ratio is 25.82, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 21.56. The current EPS for Waters Corporation, is 5.96, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 11.40%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 14.35%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Waters Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 8.63% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 9.75%. Quarter over quarter is 24.10% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 8.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 6.80%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 4.40%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 3.10% and institutional ownership is 96.40%. Shares outstanding is 81.24, while shares float is at a value of 76.96. Float short for Waters Corporation is 3.31% and the short ratio is 5.39.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.76, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.82. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 6.5, and the quick ratio is 6. The most recent gross margin is 58.70% and their operating margin is 27.70%. The profit margin is 23.30%.

Waters Corporation has seen returns on assets of 11.40%, and on investment, 13.30%. Return on equity is 23.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.65. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 5.96, with Price/book ratio coming to 5.79 and Price/cash is 4.81, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 24.89.

The simple moving averages are -0.21% and 13.24% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -4.67% and the 52 week low is 38.34%.

Waters Corporation has a dividend yield of , with a current price of 154.94. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 0.00%. This is in an industry, Medical Instruments & Supplies, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Waters Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry means that Waters Corporation has seen performance for the past week of 1.83%, with performance for the month coming to -2.90%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 14.83%, and for the half year the performance is 24.03%. Volatility for this week is 1.84% and for the month this is 1.63%.

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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