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Is The Kroger Co.(NYSE: KR), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/3/1977. The Kroger Co. is in the Grocery Stores industry and Services sector. Average volume for The Kroger Co., is 10027, and so far today it has a volume of 7746100. Performance year to date since the 1/3/1977 is -29.33%.

To help you determine whether The Kroger Co. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 13.8 and forward P/E is 12.71. PEG perhaps more useful shows that The Kroger Co. has a value for PEG of 1.72. P/S ratio is 0.25 and the P/B ratio is 4.2. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 86.55 and 552.22 respectively.

At the current price The Kroger Co. is trading at, 29.28 (-1.35% today), The Kroger Co. has a dividend yield of 1.64%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 20.30%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.12, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 7.87% after growing 18.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -9.00%, and 4.00% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 943, and the number of shares float is 939.11. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.60%, and institutional ownership is at 82.30%. The float short is 2.33%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.18. Management has seen a return on assets of 6.10%, and also a return on investment of 13.40%.

The ability for The Kroger Co., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.7, and quick ratio is 0.2. Long term debt/equity is 1.47 and total debt/equity is 1.89. In terms of margins, The Kroger Co. has a gross margin of 22.60%, with its operating margin at 3.20%, and The Kroger Co. has a profit margin of 1.80%.

The 52 week high is -30.85%, with -0.71% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -8.98% and the 200 day simple moving average is -18.78%.

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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