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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Agrium Inc., AGU

Agrium Inc., AGU is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Agricultural Chemicals in the sector of Basic Materials. Based in Canada, Agrium Inc., AGUĀ  has a market cap of 12571.64. Since its IPO date on the 5/5/1995, Agrium Inc., AGU performance year to date is 3.62%. Today Agrium Inc., AGU has gained 0.48%, with a current price of 90.77.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 70.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 54.40%. Return of assets are at 5.10%, with return on investment at 10.90%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Agrium Inc., AGU is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.68. While Total debt/equity is 0.86. With a profit margin of 6.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 26.10%, and operating margin of 10.20%. Agrium Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.3, while the quick ratio is 0.8.

For the last year Agrium Inc., AGU has seen a EPS growth of 26.50%. A performance for the year of 6.97%. The 52-week high is -9.45%, and the 52-week low is 15.81%. The average volume for Agrium Inc., AGU is 356564.

With a target price of 96.52, can Agrium Inc., AGU reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Agrium Inc., AGU. Agrium Inc. has a P/E of 14.49 and a forward P/E of 15.5. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 11.82. Agrium Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.89 and 1.93 respectively. For P/cash, Agrium Inc. has a value of *TBA, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 90.77, Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.86%. We see a return on equity of 14.10%.

Looking more long-term Agrium Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 1.23%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 13.66% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 26.50% for this year and for the last five years a 8.50% 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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