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Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 25745.04. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Baxter International Inc. is 47.48 (with a change from open of 0.98%), this in conjunction with a target price of 50.41. Volume today has so far reached 3961198, with an average volume of about 3713.65. The GAP for this stock, is 0.09%.

The P/E ratio is 5.42, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 23.81. The current EPS for Baxter International Inc., is 8.66, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -79.90%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 24.22%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Baxter International Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 14.38% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 13.00%. Quarter over quarter is 265.10% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 4.40%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -21.40%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been -4.90%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 87.20%. Shares outstanding is 548, while shares float is at a value of 542.79. Float short for Baxter International Inc. is 2.80% and the short ratio is 4.09.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.25, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.37. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.8, and the quick ratio is 1.4. The most recent gross margin is 39.00% and their operating margin is -13.50%. The profit margin is 47.70%.

Baxter International Inc. has seen returns on assets of 25.80%, and on investment, 3.40%. Return on equity is 56.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 0.42. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.56, with Price/book ratio coming to 3.03 and Price/cash is 9.79, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 33.05.

The simple moving averages are 0.33% and 10.31% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -3.79% and the 52 week low is 45.93%.

Baxter International Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.11%, with a current price of 47.48. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 5.40%. This is in an industry, Medical Instruments & Supplies, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Baxter International Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry means that Baxter International Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -1.96%, with performance for the month coming to 3.53%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 0.34%, and for the half year the performance is 43.61%. Volatility for this week is 1.56% and for the month this is 1.52%.

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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