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Morning Hot Stocks: Agrium Inc., (AGU)

Friday February 24th 2017: Agrium Inc., AGU is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Agricultural Chemicals in the sector of Basic Materials. Based in Canada, Agrium Inc., AGUĀ  has a market cap of 13.42 B. Since its IPO date on the 05/05/1995, Agrium Inc., AGU performance year to date is -1.99%. Today Agrium Inc., AGU has gained 0.00%, with a current price of 98.55.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 70.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 83.40%. Return of assets are at 3.40%, with return on investment at 7.70%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Agrium Inc., AGU is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.72. While Total debt/equity is 0.84. With a profit margin of 4.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 24.90%, and operating margin of 7.90%. Agrium Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.2, while the quick ratio is 0.5.

For the last year Agrium Inc., AGU has seen a EPS growth of -38.30%. A performance for the year of 3.16%. The 52-week high is -11.91%, and the 52-week low is 12.31%. The average volume for Agrium Inc., AGU is 0.

With a target price of 103.94, can Agrium Inc., AGU reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Agrium Inc., AGU. Agrium Inc. has a P/E of 23.49 and a forward P/E of 16.62. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.7. Agrium Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.98 and 2.24 respectively. For P/cash, Agrium Inc. has a value of *TBA, while it is 41.28 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 98.55, Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.55%. We see a return on equity of 9.20%.

Looking more long-term Agrium Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 8.70%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 17.99% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -38.30% for this year and for the last five years a -14.70% growth has been seen.

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