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Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 12380.03. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Agrium Inc. is 89.59 (with a change from open of -0.26%), this in conjunction with a target price of 96.39. Volume today has so far reached 311969, with an average volume of about 768.36. The GAP for this stock, is 0.25%.

The P/E ratio is 14.3, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 15.24. The current EPS for Agrium Inc., is 6.26, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 26.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 2.29%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Agrium Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 14.09% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 1.23%. Quarter over quarter is -13.30% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -8.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 8.50%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 6.60%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 70.50%. Shares outstanding is 138.17, while shares float is at a value of 138.12. Float short for Agrium Inc. is 3.36% and the short ratio is 6.04.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.68, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.86. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.3, and the quick ratio is 0.8. The most recent gross margin is 26.10% and their operating margin is 10.20%. The profit margin is 6.20%.

Agrium Inc. has seen returns on assets of 5.10%, and on investment, 10.90%. Return on equity is 14.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 11.67. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.88, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.91 and Price/cash is , and finally Price/Free cash Flow is .

The simple moving averages are -2.97% and 1.20% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -11.04% and the 52 week low is 14.30%.

Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.91%, with a current price of 89.59. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 54.40%. This is in an industry, Agricultural Chemicals, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Basic Materials. Agrium Inc. is based in Canada.

Performance in the Agricultural Chemicals industry means that Agrium Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -5.89%, with performance for the month coming to -2.69%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -3.50%, and for the half year the performance is -8.91%. Volatility for this week is 3.06% and for the month this is 2.54%.

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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