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

BCE Inc. (NYSE: BCE), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 40041.52. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for BCE Inc. is 45.73 (with a change from open of 1.08%), this in conjunction with a target price of 46.91. Volume today has so far reached 351448, with an average volume of about 681.24. The GAP for this stock, is -0.59%.

The P/E ratio is 19.03, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 16.39. The current EPS for BCE Inc., is 2.39, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 0.20%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 21.95%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for BCE Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 4.44% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 4.01%. Quarter over quarter is -0.40% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 0.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 1.70%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 3.60%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at *TBA and institutional ownership is 52.90%. Shares outstanding is 879.84, while shares float is at a value of 867.11. Float short for BCE Inc. is 1.12% and the short ratio is 14.29.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.27, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.63. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.5, and the quick ratio is 0.4. The most recent gross margin is 69.30% and their operating margin is 22.40%. The profit margin is 12.60%.

BCE Inc. has seen returns on assets of 5.70%, and on investment, 11.10%. Return on equity is 21.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 4.75. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.45, with Price/book ratio coming to 4.2 and Price/cash is 86.06, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 80.18.

The simple moving averages are -1.88% and 3.26% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -5.68% and the 52 week low is 31.61%.

BCE Inc. has a dividend yield of 4.55%, with a current price of 45.73. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 84.30%. This is in an industry, Telecom Services – Domestic, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Technology. BCE Inc. is based in Canada.

Performance in the Telecom Services – Domestic industry means that BCE Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 0.13%, with performance for the month coming to 0.09%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -5.28%, and for the half year the performance is 10.91%. Volatility for this week is 1.24% and for the month this is 1.19%.

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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