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Morning Trending Tickers: Whole Foods Market, Inc., (WFM)

Friday February 24th 2017: Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Grocery Stores in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM  has a market cap of 13.41 B. Since its IPO date on the 1/23/1992, Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM performance year to date is 36.87%. Today Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM has gained 0.33%, with a current price of 42.1.

Ownership of the company is 0.30% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 98.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 43.30%. Return of assets are at 6.30%, with return on investment at 12.60%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.31. While Total debt/equity is 0.31. With a profit margin of 2.50%, this is combined with a gross margin of 34.10%, and operating margin of 4.50%. Whole Foods Market, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.6, while the quick ratio is 1.2.

For the last year Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM has seen a EPS growth of 4.40%. A performance for the year of 25.37%. The 52-week high is -3.97%, and the 52-week low is 52.15%. The average volume for Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM is 6916683.

With a target price of 38.89, can Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Whole Foods Market, Inc., WFM. Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a P/E of 33.49 and a forward P/E of 30.66. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 29.72. Whole Foods Market, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.85 and 3.99 respectively. For P/cash, Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a value of 15.1, while it is 57.3 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 42.1, Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.71%. We see a return on equity of 12.30%.

Looking more long-term Whole Foods Market, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 1.13%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 5.37% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 4.40% for this year and for the last five years a 9.90% growth has been seen.

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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