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Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 60359.95. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Shire plc is 199.57 (with a change from open of 0.13%), this in conjunction with a target price of 252.54. Volume today has so far reached 597000, with an average volume of about 1144.5. The GAP for this stock, is -0.45%.

The P/E ratio is 31.69, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 13.11. The current EPS for Shire plc, is 6.3, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -59.40%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -2.17%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Shire plc, EPS is looking like it will grow 17.75% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 14.20%. Quarter over quarter is -54.20% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 56.00%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 16.50%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 13.10%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 24.50%. Shares outstanding is 302.45, while shares float is at a value of 182.1. Float short for Shire plc is 1.13% and the short ratio is 1.79.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.72, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.81. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.4, and the quick ratio is 0.6. The most recent gross margin is 79.50% and their operating margin is 19.30%. The profit margin is 13.20%.

Shire plc has seen returns on assets of 3.10%, and on investment, 12.00%. Return on equity is 6.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.23. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 8.04, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.53 and Price/cash is 87.05, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are 1.81% and 9.68% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -13.30% and the 52 week low is 35.88%.

Shire plc has a dividend yield of 0.40%, with a current price of 199.57. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 20.20%. This is in an industry, Drug Manufacturers – Major, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Shire plc is based in Ireland.

Performance in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry means that Shire plc has seen performance for the past week of -2.17%, with performance for the month coming to 4.89%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 10.55%, and for the half year the performance is 1.35%. Volatility for this week is 1.25% and for the month this is 1.59%.

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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