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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT)?

The company in question is, Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) currently with a stock price of 154.68 (0.51% today). The market cap for Waters Corporation is 12566.2, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Medical Instruments & Supplies industry. The target price for Waters Corporation is 158.62. Currently Waters Corporation is trading with a P/E of 25.96, and a forward P/E of 21.67. Average volume for Waters Corporation is 467.43 and so far today it is 375300.

Performance in the last year for Waters Corporation has been 26.62%. For EPS growth, Waters Corporation has seen a growth of 11.40%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 8.63%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 6.80% over the last five years and could be 9.75% for the next five years. Waters Corporation has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 8.50%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 24.10%. The 20-day simple moving average is -0.38%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 13.05%.

Since the IPO date for Waters Corporation on the 11/17/1995, Waters Corporation has seen performance year to date to be 14.94%. With Waters Corporation trading at 154.68, the dividend yield is *TBA, and the EPS is 5.96.

So could Waters Corporation, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 25.96. The PEG is 2.66, P/S is 5.99 and the P/B is at 5.82. The P/cash is 4.83, with P/free cash flow at 25.02.

Waters Corporation ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 6.5, and the quick ratio is 6. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.76, and total debt/equity at 0.82.

In terms of margins, Waters Corporation has a gross margin of 58.70%, an operating margin of 27.70% and a profit margin of 23.30%.Payout ratio for Waters Corporation is 0.00%. Return on assets come to 11.40% with return on investment coming to 13.30%.

Insider ownership for Waters Corporation, is at 3.10% and institutional ownership comes to 96.40%. Outstanding shares are at 81.24. While shares float is 76.96. The float short is currently 3.31%, and short ratio is 5.45.

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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