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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Shire plc, SHPG

Shire plc, SHPG is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Drug Manufacturers – Major in the sector of Healthcare. Based in Ireland, Shire plc, SHPG  has a market cap of 57276.86. Since its IPO date on the 3/25/1998, Shire plc, SHPG performance year to date is -5.04%. Today Shire plc, SHPG has gained -0.30%, with a current price of 193.26.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 24.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 20.20%. Return of assets are at 3.10%, with return on investment at 12.00%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Shire plc, SHPG is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.72. While Total debt/equity is 0.81. With a profit margin of 13.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 79.50%, and operating margin of 19.30%. Shire plc ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.4, while the quick ratio is 0.6.

For the last year Shire plc, SHPG has seen a EPS growth of -59.40%. A performance for the year of -11.25%. The 52-week high is -18.33%, and the 52-week low is 31.49%. The average volume for Shire plc, SHPG is 408200.

With a target price of 252.54, can Shire plc, SHPG reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Shire plc, SHPG. Shire plc has a P/E of 30.78 and a forward P/E of 12.73. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.15. Shire plc also has a P/S and a P/B of 7.63 and 1.48 respectively. For P/cash, Shire plc has a value of 82.6, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 193.26, Shire plc has a dividend yield of 0.41%. We see a return on equity of 6.70%.

Looking more long-term Shire plc, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 14.30%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 17.76% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -59.40% for this year and for the last five years a 16.50% 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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