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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: AstraZeneca PLC, AZN

AstraZeneca PLC, AZN is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Drug Manufacturers – Major in the sector of Healthcare. Based in United Kingdom, AstraZeneca PLC, AZNĀ  has a market cap of 83176.75. Since its IPO date on the 5/17/1993, AstraZeneca PLC, AZN performance year to date is 3.69%. Today AstraZeneca PLC, AZN has gained 0.39%, with a current price of 33.65.

Ownership of the company is 0.50% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 12.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 108.10%. Return of assets are at 3.70%, with return on investment at 11.50%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, AstraZeneca PLC, AZN is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.22. While Total debt/equity is 1.3. With a profit margin of 9.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 82.20%, and operating margin of 15.00%. AstraZeneca PLC ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.9, while the quick ratio is 0.8.

For the last year AstraZeneca PLC, AZN has seen a EPS growth of 128.90%. A performance for the year of 4.96%. The 52-week high is -2.68%, and the 52-week low is 26.43%. The average volume for AstraZeneca PLC, AZN is 3423400.

With a target price of 36.79, can AstraZeneca PLC, AZN reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of AstraZeneca PLC, AZN. AstraZeneca PLC has a P/E of 38.33 and a forward P/E of 12.6. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of *TBA. AstraZeneca PLC also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.46 and 6.29 respectively. For P/cash, AstraZeneca PLC has a value of 17.9, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 33.65, AstraZeneca PLC has a dividend yield of 2.67%. We see a return on equity of 13.90%.

Looking more long-term AstraZeneca PLC, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of -1.00%. In the short-term an EPS growth of -10.10% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 128.90% for this year and for the last five years a -16.70% growth has been seen.

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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