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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Pearson plc, PSO

Pearson plc, PSO is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Publishing – Books in the sector of Services. Based in United Kingdom, Pearson plc, PSO  has a market cap of 10070.55. Since its IPO date on the 11/18/1996, Pearson plc, PSO performance year to date is 18.71%. Today Pearson plc, PSO has gained 1.38%, with a current price of 12.46.

Ownership of the company is 1.90% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 2.10%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 51.40%. Return of assets are at 7.40%, with return on investment at -3.70%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Pearson plc, PSO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.32. While Total debt/equity is 0.36. With a profit margin of 18.40%, this is combined with a gross margin of 55.70%, and operating margin of -9.00%. Pearson plc ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 2.1, while the quick ratio is 2.

For the last year Pearson plc, PSO has seen a EPS growth of -275.70%. A performance for the year of -29.93%. The 52-week high is -33.95%, and the 52-week low is 41.33%. The average volume for Pearson plc, PSO is 3303.

With a target price of 13.8, can Pearson plc, PSO reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Pearson plc, PSO. Pearson plc has a P/E of *TBA and a forward P/E of 16.21. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of *TBA. Pearson plc also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.75 and 1.21 respectively. For P/cash, Pearson plc has a value of 4.51, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 12.46, Pearson plc has a dividend yield of 7.97%. We see a return on equity of 14.10%.

Looking more long-term Pearson plc, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of -0.70%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 1.20% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -275.70% for this year and for the last five years a -21.60% growth has been seen.

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