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Ecopetrol SA (NYSE: EC) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Ecopetrol SA (NYSE: EC), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 17675.84. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Ecopetrol SA is 8.5 (with a change from open of 5.07%), this in conjunction with a target price of 7.98. Volume today has so far reached 1289300, with an average volume of about 894.66. The GAP for this stock, is 0.37%.

The P/E ratio is *TBA, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 6.5. The current EPS for Ecopetrol SA, is -0.75, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -169.70%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 21.26%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Ecopetrol SA, EPS is looking like it will grow 284.41% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 6.60%. Quarter over quarter is -47.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -16.10%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -19.90%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 5.00%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 1.00% and institutional ownership is 2.30%. Shares outstanding is 2079.51, while shares float is at a value of 223.54. Float short for Ecopetrol SA is 3.86% and the short ratio is 9.64.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.09, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.2. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 1.3. The most recent gross margin is 27.50% and their operating margin is -0.80%. The profit margin is -9.30%.

Ecopetrol SA has seen returns on assets of -3.80%, and on investment, 0.90%. Return on equity is -10.00%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is *TBA. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 1.07, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.15 and Price/cash is 5.3, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are -2.47% and 2.24% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -21.00% and the 52 week low is 64.73%.

Ecopetrol SA has a dividend yield of 12.24%, with a current price of 8.5. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is *TBA. This is in an industry, Major Integrated Oil & Gas, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Basic Materials. Ecopetrol SA is based in Colombia.

Performance in the Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry means that Ecopetrol SA has seen performance for the past week of -0.23%, with performance for the month coming to -5.66%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -11.46%, and for the half year the performance is 0.35%. Volatility for this week is 4.02% and for the month this is 3.24%.

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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