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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 36186.25. Since its IPO date on the 10/23/2000, Carnival plc, CUK performance year to date is -11.22%. Today Carnival plc, CUK has gained 0.22%, with a current price of 49.52.

Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 3.10%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 39.70%. Return of assets are at 6.20%, 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 15.10%, this is combined with a gross margin of 54.70%, and operating margin of 18.50%. 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 -3.40%. The 52-week high is -12.99%, and the 52-week low is 19.05%. The average volume for Carnival plc, CUK is 420600.

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 15.17 and a forward P/E of 12.17. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.13. Carnival plc also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.24 and 1.59 respectively. For P/cash, Carnival plc has a value of 78.33, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 49.52, Carnival plc has a dividend yield of 2.83%. We see a return on equity of 10.60%.

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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