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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Carnival plc, CUK

Carnival plc, CUK is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is General Entertainment in the sector of Services. Based in United Kingdom, Carnival plc, CUK  has a market cap of 36099.53. Since its IPO date on the 10/23/2000, Carnival plc, CUK performance year to date is -12.45%. Today Carnival plc, CUK has gained 4.58%, with a current price of 48.83.

Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 3.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 43.00%. Return of assets are at 5.70%, with return on investment at 7.80%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Carnival plc, CUK is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.36. While Total debt/equity is 0.41. With a profit margin of 14.00%, this is combined with a gross margin of 54.30%, and operating margin of 18.40%. Carnival plc ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.2, while the quick ratio is 0.2.

For the last year Carnival plc, CUK has seen a EPS growth of 44.30%. A performance for the year of -0.77%. The 52-week high is -14.20%, and the 52-week low is 17.39%. The average volume for Carnival plc, CUK is 692300.

With a target price of 44, can Carnival plc, CUK reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Carnival plc, CUK. Carnival plc has a P/E of 16.87 and a forward P/E of 12. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.26. Carnival plc also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.26 and 1.61 respectively. For P/cash, Carnival plc has a value of 69.56, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 48.83, Carnival plc has a dividend yield of 2.87%. We see a return on equity of 9.50%.

Looking more long-term Carnival plc, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 13.40%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 22.96% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 44.30% for this year and for the last five years a -1.80% 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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