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3M Company (NYSE: MMM) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

3M Company (NYSE: MMM), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 107335.39. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for 3M Company is 177.59 (with a change from open of 0.46%), this in conjunction with a target price of 182.64. Volume today has so far reached 1691400, with an average volume of about 1682.42. The GAP for this stock, is 0.27%.

The P/E ratio is 22.64, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 20.11. The current EPS for 3M Company, is 7.85, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 1.30%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 20.28%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for 3M Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 7.52% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 8.93%. Quarter over quarter is 2.80% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -0.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 6.10%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 2.60%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 67.80%. Shares outstanding is 604.4, while shares float is at a value of 603.79. Float short for 3M Company is 1.14% and the short ratio is 4.09.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.78, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.99. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.6, and the quick ratio is 1.1. The most recent gross margin is 49.70% and their operating margin is 23.40%. The profit margin is 16.30%.

3M Company has seen returns on assets of 14.80%, and on investment, 22.00%. Return on equity is 41.20%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.54. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 3.57, with Price/book ratio coming to 9.06 and Price/cash is 57.55, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 42.88.

The simple moving averages are -0.43% and 8.13% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -2.24% and the 52 week low is 34.57%.

3M Company has a dividend yield of 2.50%, with a current price of 177.59. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 53.30%. This is in an industry, Diversified Machinery, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Industrial Goods. 3M Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Diversified Machinery industry means that 3M Company has seen performance for the past week of -1.11%, with performance for the month coming to -1.61%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 4.18%, and for the half year the performance is 28.84%. Volatility for this week is 0.94% and for the month this is 0.99%.

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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