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The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLN) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLN), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 72070.42. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for The Priceline Group Inc. is 1458.03 (with a change from open of -0.10%), this in conjunction with a target price of 1570.21. Volume today has so far reached 392300, with an average volume of about 503.53. The GAP for this stock, is 0.41%.

The P/E ratio is 27.79, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 18.24. The current EPS for The Priceline Group Inc., is 52.46, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 8.30%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 14.36%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for The Priceline Group Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 16.20% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 15.98%. Quarter over quarter is 16.80% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 12.10%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 36.70%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 24.50%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.30% and institutional ownership is 96.20%. Shares outstanding is 49.43, while shares float is at a value of 49.25. Float short for The Priceline Group Inc. is 2.54% and the short ratio is 2.49.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.78, while the total debt/equity comes to 0. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 2.7, and the quick ratio is 2.7. The most recent gross margin is 94.60% and their operating margin is 34.30%. The profit margin is 27.10%.

The Priceline Group Inc. has seen returns on assets of 14.70%, and on investment, 17.90%. Return on equity is 29.80%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.74. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 7.35, with Price/book ratio coming to 7.8 and Price/cash is 16.49, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 21.85.

The simple moving averages are 3.71% and 12.60% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -1.25% and the 52 week low is 52.83%.

The Priceline Group Inc. has a dividend yield of *TBA, with a current price of 1458.03. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 0.00%. This is in an industry, Business Services, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Services. The Priceline Group Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Business Services industry means that The Priceline Group Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -0.41%, with performance for the month coming to 2.30%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 17.64%, and for the half year the performance is 21.47%. Volatility for this week is 0.96% and for the month this is 1.40%.

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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