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Is HSBC Holdings plc(NYSE: HSBC), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 7/16/1999. HSBC Holdings plc is in the Foreign Money Center Banks industry and Financial sector. Average volume for HSBC Holdings plc, is 2583.97, and so far today it has a volume of 1423800. Performance year to date since the 7/16/1999 is 2.98%.

To help you determine whether HSBC Holdings plc is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 17.6 and forward P/E is 12.33. PEG perhaps more useful shows that HSBC Holdings plc has a value for PEG of 12.57. P/S ratio is 3.9 and the P/B ratio is 0.86. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 0.16 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price HSBC Holdings plc is trading at, 38.21 (-0.26% today), HSBC Holdings plc has a dividend yield of 5.23%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 96.70%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.17, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 3.68% after growing -6.40% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -23.10%, and -4.40% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 3994.33, and the number of shares float is 3852.3. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.30%, and institutional ownership is at 2.40%. The float short is 0.18%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.7. Management has seen a return on assets of 0.50%, and also a return on investment of 6.90%.

The ability for HSBC Holdings plc, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is 0.52 and total debt/equity is 0.52. In terms of margins, HSBC Holdings plc has a gross margin of *TBA, with its operating margin at 71.30%, and HSBC Holdings plc has a profit margin of 29.70%.

The 52 week high is -1.65%, with 35.43% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 5.66% and the 200 day simple moving average is 16.74%.

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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