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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 10508.16. Since its IPO date on the 11/18/1996, Pearson plc, PSO performance year to date is 23.64%. Today Pearson plc, PSO has gained -0.62%, with a current price of 12.72.

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 -27.92%. The 52-week high is -29.47%, and the 52-week low is 44.28%. The average volume for Pearson plc, PSO is 142242.

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 16.84. 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 1.78 and 1.23 respectively. For P/cash, Pearson plc has a value of 4.59, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 12.72, Pearson plc has a dividend yield of 7.66%. 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 1.33% 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.

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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