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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 32434.86. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is 149.78 (with a change from open of 0.30%), this in conjunction with a target price of 161.06. Volume today has so far reached 1336900, with an average volume of about 1312.39. The GAP for this stock, is 0.33%.

The P/E ratio is 22.3, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 18.31. The current EPS for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., is 6.72, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 28.20%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 16.54%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 8.96% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 10.02%. Quarter over quarter is 10.40% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -1.40%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 6.30%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 2.80%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.15% and institutional ownership is 89.30%. Shares outstanding is 216.55, while shares float is at a value of 216.15. Float short for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is 1.26% and the short ratio is 2.08.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.56, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.81. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.9, and the quick ratio is 0.7. The most recent gross margin is 32.20% and their operating margin is 21.20%. The profit margin is 6.10%.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 3.40%, and on investment, 9.60%. Return on equity is 8.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.23. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 3.41, with Price/book ratio coming to 4.6 and Price/cash is 63, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 73.3.

The simple moving averages are -0.84% and 7.04% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -5.11% and the 52 week low is 32.26%.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.30%, with a current price of 149.78. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 123.90%. This is in an industry, Chemicals – Major Diversified, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Basic Materials. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Chemicals – Major Diversified industry means that Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 0.70%, with performance for the month coming to -3.92%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 7.55%, and for the half year the performance is 21.25%. Volatility for this week is 1.14% and for the month this is 1.27%.

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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