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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN

The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Business Services in the sector of Services. Based in USA, The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN  has a market cap of 65981.1. Since its IPO date on the 3/31/1999, The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN performance year to date is 4.28%. Today The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN has gained 0.79%, with a current price of 1340.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 95.70%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 0.00%. Return of assets are at 14.90%, with return on investment at 17.90%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.7. While Total debt/equity is 0. With a profit margin of 27.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 93.80%, and operating margin of 34.90%. The Priceline Group Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 2.4, while the quick ratio is 2.4.

For the last year The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN has seen a EPS growth of 8.30%. A performance for the year of 18.06%. The 52-week high is -9.25%, and the 52-week low is 40.46%. The average volume for The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN is 410.

With a target price of 1469, can The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of The Priceline Group Inc., PCLN. The Priceline Group Inc. has a P/E of 26.17 and a forward P/E of 16.91. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.75. The Priceline Group Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 6.92 and 7.29 respectively. For P/cash, The Priceline Group Inc. has a value of 19.5, while it is 21.69 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 1340, The Priceline Group Inc. has a dividend yield of *TBA. We see a return on equity of 29.70%.

Looking more long-term The Priceline Group Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 14.97%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 17.27% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 8.30% for this year and for the last five years a 36.70% growth has been seen.

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