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Morning Eye-Catchers: Ross Stores, Inc., (ROST)

Friday February 24th 2017: Ross Stores, Inc., ROST is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Apparel Stores in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Ross Stores, Inc., ROST  has a market cap of 21.48 B. Since its IPO date on the 07/09/1986, Ross Stores, Inc., ROST performance year to date is -17.48%. Today Ross Stores, Inc., ROST has gained -0.17%, with a current price of 54.04.

Ownership of the company is 0.70% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 92.90%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 19.20%. Return of assets are at 21.50%, with return on investment at 36.10%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Ross Stores, Inc., ROST is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.14. While Total debt/equity is 0.14. With a profit margin of 8.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 28.70%, and operating margin of 14.00%. Ross Stores, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.6, while the quick ratio is 0.8.

For the last year Ross Stores, Inc., ROST has seen a EPS growth of 12.70%. A performance for the year of -6.51%. The 52-week high is -22.59%, and the 52-week low is -0.07%. The average volume for Ross Stores, Inc., ROST is 2419215.

With a target price of 72.05, can Ross Stores, Inc., ROST reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Ross Stores, Inc., ROST. Ross Stores, Inc. has a P/E of 18.51 and a forward P/E of 15.78. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.8. Ross Stores, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.64 and 7.53 respectively. For P/cash, Ross Stores, Inc. has a value of 17.27, while it is 19.65 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 54.04, Ross Stores, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.18%. We see a return on equity of 42.60%.

Looking more long-term Ross Stores, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 10.27%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 8.51% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 12.70% for this year and for the last five years a 14.60% growth has been seen.

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