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Is Ross Stores Inc.(NASDAQ: ROST), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 7/9/1986. Ross Stores Inc. is in the Apparel Stores industry and Services sector. Average volume for Ross Stores Inc., is 2553.8, and so far today it has a volume of 2091100. Performance year to date since the 7/9/1986 is 20.21%.

To help you determine whether Ross Stores Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 24.41 and forward P/E is 20.96. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Ross Stores Inc. has a value for PEG of 2.11. P/S ratio is 2.04 and the P/B ratio is 9.67. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 27.02 and 25.33 respectively.

At the current price Ross Stores Inc. is trading at, 64.23 (-0.11% today), Ross Stores Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.84%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 19.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.63, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 11.26% after growing 13.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 12.20%, and 7.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 390.72, and the number of shares float is 387.88. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.50%, and institutional ownership is at 93.60%. The float short is 2.14%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.26. Management has seen a return on assets of 21.00%, and also a return on investment of 36.00%.

The ability for Ross Stores Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.5, and quick ratio is 0.7. Long term debt/equity is 0.15 and total debt/equity is 0.15. In terms of margins, Ross Stores Inc. has a gross margin of 28.30%, with its operating margin at 13.70%, and Ross Stores Inc. has a profit margin of 8.60%.

The 52 week high is -2.88%, with 49.13% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 2.93% and the 200 day simple moving average is 12.42%.

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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