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CRH plc (NYSE: CRH) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

CRH plc (NYSE: CRH), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 27461.51. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for CRH plc is 32.31 (with a change from open of 0.91%), this in conjunction with a target price of 5.47. Volume today has so far reached 800328, with an average volume of about 1106.23. The GAP for this stock, is -1.42%.

The P/E ratio is 25.18, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 12.9. The current EPS for CRH plc, is 1.29, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 12.60%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 15.45%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for CRH plc, EPS is looking like it will grow 23.44% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be *TBA. Quarter over quarter is 450.40% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 52.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 7.70%. 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 1.00% and institutional ownership is 7.60%. Shares outstanding is 845.49, while shares float is at a value of 732.19. Float short for CRH plc is 0.13% and the short ratio is 0.86.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.63, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.68. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.4, and the quick ratio is 1. The most recent gross margin is 31.60% and their operating margin is 6.20%. The profit margin is 3.50%.

CRH plc has seen returns on assets of 3.50%, and on investment, 4.20%. Return on equity is 7.90%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is *TBA. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.91, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.91 and Price/cash is *TBA, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 19.6.

The simple moving averages are -1.37% and 11.12% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -5.53% and the 52 week low is 41.87%.

CRH plc has a dividend yield of 1.29%, with a current price of 32.31. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 54.00%. This is in an industry, Cement, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Industrial Goods. CRH plc is based in Ireland.

Performance in the Cement industry means that CRH plc has seen performance for the past week of -3.02%, with performance for the month coming to -0.64%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 9.30%, and for the half year the performance is 23.65%. Volatility for this week is 1.38% and for the month this is 1.44%.

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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