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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Agrium Inc., AGU

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., AGU  has a market cap of 13575.17. Since its IPO date on the 5/5/1995, Agrium Inc., AGU performance year to date is 13.19%. Today Agrium Inc., AGU has gained 1.54%, with a current price of 99.71.

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 66.80%. Return of assets are at 4.30%, with return on investment at 10.90%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Agrium Inc., AGU is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.7. While Total debt/equity is 0.99. With a profit margin of 5.30%, this is combined with a gross margin of 25.70%, and operating margin of 9.10%. Agrium Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.3, while the quick ratio is 0.7.

For the last year Agrium Inc., AGU has seen a EPS growth of 26.50%. A performance for the year of 3.42%. The 52-week high is -1.34%, and the 52-week low is 28.45%. The average volume for Agrium Inc., AGU is 129610.

With a target price of 98.78, can Agrium Inc., AGU reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Agrium Inc., AGU. Agrium Inc. has a P/E of 18.7 and a forward P/E of 17.91. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 27.11. Agrium Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.98 and 2.14 respectively. For P/cash, Agrium Inc. has a value of *TBA, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 99.71, Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.56%. We see a return on equity of 11.70%.

Looking more long-term Agrium Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 0.69%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 13.50% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 26.50% for this year and for the last five years a 8.50% 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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