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Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 34593.78. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Ecolab Inc. is 116.97 (with a change from open of 0.44%), this in conjunction with a target price of 127.24. Volume today has so far reached 217586, with an average volume of about 804.11. The GAP for this stock, is -0.58%.

The P/E ratio is 36.63, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 23.42. The current EPS for Ecolab Inc., is 3.2, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -15.40%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 3.36%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Ecolab Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 12.78% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 11.79%. Quarter over quarter is -13.10% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -2.10%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 8.30%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 17.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.40% and institutional ownership is 87.40%. Shares outstanding is 295.32, while shares float is at a value of 290.22. Float short for Ecolab Inc. is 1.40% and the short ratio is 5.05.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.77, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.04. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1, and the quick ratio is 0.7. The most recent gross margin is 47.50% and their operating margin is 11.50%. The profit margin is 7.20%.

Ecolab Inc. has seen returns on assets of 5.20%, and on investment, 9.40%. Return on equity is 14.20%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.11. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.61, with Price/book ratio coming to 5.19 and Price/cash is 206.65, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 33.82.

The simple moving averages are -3.14% and 2.38% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -5.84% and the 52 week low is 19.71%.

Ecolab Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.20%, with a current price of 116.97. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 42.50%. This is in an industry, Cleaning Products, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Consumer Goods. Ecolab Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Cleaning Products industry means that Ecolab Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -2.39%, with performance for the month coming to -0.05%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -3.12%, and for the half year the performance is -1.31%. Volatility for this week is 1.39% and for the month this is 1.13%.

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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