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Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 20596.33. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Franklin Resources, Inc. is 35.73 (with a change from open of 0.88%), this in conjunction with a target price of 34.25. Volume today has so far reached 879379, with an average volume of about 2969.69. The GAP for this stock, is 0.91%.

The P/E ratio is 12.97, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 12.84. The current EPS for Franklin Resources, Inc., is 2.71, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -13.20%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -3.66%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Franklin Resources, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow -2.08% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be -4.57%. Quarter over quarter is -6.10% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -18.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 9.30%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 6.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.30% and institutional ownership is 49.80%. Shares outstanding is 586.79, while shares float is at a value of 345.92. Float short for Franklin Resources, Inc. is 4.44% and the short ratio is 5.17.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.18, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.18. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is , and the quick ratio is . The most recent gross margin is and their operating margin is 36.20%. The profit margin is 23.30%.

Franklin Resources, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 10.00%, and on investment, 15.00%. Return on equity is 13.60%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is . Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.99, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.72 and Price/cash is 2.5, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 18.41.

The simple moving averages are 0.28% and 0.14% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -14.08% and the 52 week low is 17.61%.

Franklin Resources, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.05%, with a current price of 35.73. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 25.50%. This is in an industry, Asset Management, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Financial. Franklin Resources, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Asset Management industry means that Franklin Resources, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -1.35%, with performance for the month coming to -3.17%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 5.87%, and for the half year the performance is -9.46%. Volatility for this week is 2.37% and for the month this is 1.74%.

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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