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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 55981.57. Since its IPO date on the 3/25/1998, Shire plc, SHPG performance year to date is -8.88%. Today Shire plc, SHPG has gained -0.11%, with a current price of 185.81.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 29.10%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 10.00%. Return of assets are at 7.00%, 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 0.45. While Total debt/equity is 0.67. With a profit margin of 19.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 85.10%, and operating margin of 22.40%. Shire plc ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.6, while the quick ratio is 0.4.

For the last year Shire plc, SHPG has seen a EPS growth of -59.40%. A performance for the year of -24.05%. The 52-week high is -31.01%, and the 52-week low is 26.42%. The average volume for Shire plc, SHPG is 1127348.

With a target price of 241.86, can Shire plc, SHPG reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Shire plc, SHPG. Shire plc has a P/E of 27.57 and a forward P/E of 12.4. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.42. Shire plc also has a P/S and a P/B of 8.43 and 3.56 respectively. For P/cash, Shire plc has a value of 811.33, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 185.81, Shire plc has a dividend yield of 0.72%. We see a return on equity of 13.50%.

Looking more long-term Shire plc, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 11.40%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 19.55% 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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