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Is Markel Corp.(NYSE: MKL), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Markel Corp. (NYSE: MKL) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 3/26/1990. Markel Corp. is in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry and Financial sector. Average volume for Markel Corp., is 26.05, and so far today it has a volume of 35200. Performance year to date since the 3/26/1990 is 3.86%.

To help you determine whether Markel Corp. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 24.01 and forward P/E is 30.1. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Markel Corp. has a value for PEG of 2.18. P/S ratio is 2.27 and the P/B ratio is 1.52. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 6.3 and 31.02 respectively.

At the current price Markel Corp. is trading at, 917.48 (-1.04% today), Markel Corp. has a dividend yield of *TBA, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 0.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 38.21, and this is looking to grow in the next year to -8.69% after growing 87.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -16.70%, and 5.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 13.79, and the number of shares float is 13.59. The senior management bring insider ownership to 2.40%, and institutional ownership is at 76.90%. The float short is 0.83%, with the short ratio at a value of 4.32. Management has seen a return on assets of 2.10%, and also a return on investment of 7.00%.

The ability for Markel Corp., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is 0.31 and total debt/equity is 0.31. In terms of margins, Markel Corp. has a gross margin of *TBA, with its operating margin at 15.40%, and Markel Corp. has a profit margin of 9.70%.

The 52 week high is -7.25%, with 15.56% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -1.39% and the 200 day simple moving average is 1.04%.

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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