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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: AstraZeneca PLC, AZN

AstraZeneca PLC, AZN is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Drug Manufacturers – Major in the sector of Healthcare. Based in United Kingdom, AstraZeneca PLC, AZN  has a market cap of 67576.3. Since its IPO date on the 5/17/1993, AstraZeneca PLC, AZN performance year to date is -17.69%. Today AstraZeneca PLC, AZN has gained -0.94%, with a current price of 26.46.

Ownership of the company is 0.50% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 13.90%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 143.60%. Return of assets are at 3.90%, with return on investment at 11.50%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, AstraZeneca PLC, AZN is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.13. While Total debt/equity is 1.35. With a profit margin of 10.40%, this is combined with a gross margin of 82.70%, and operating margin of 14.50%. AstraZeneca PLC ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.8, while the quick ratio is 0.7.

For the last year AstraZeneca PLC, AZN has seen a EPS growth of 128.90%. A performance for the year of -17.94%. The 52-week high is -23.48%, and the 52-week low is 2.24%. The average volume for AstraZeneca PLC, AZN is 1277293.

With a target price of 35.59, can AstraZeneca PLC, AZN reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of AstraZeneca PLC, AZN. AstraZeneca PLC has a P/E of 27.42 and a forward P/E of 14.52. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of *TBA. AstraZeneca PLC also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.84 and 5.17 respectively. For P/cash, AstraZeneca PLC has a value of 16.9, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 26.46, AstraZeneca PLC has a dividend yield of 5.24%. We see a return on equity of 16.50%.

Looking more long-term AstraZeneca PLC, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of -1.00%. In the short-term an EPS growth of -10.90% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 128.90% for this year and for the last five years a -16.70% 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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