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Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 14747.83. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Genuine Parts Company is 97.18 (with a change from open of -0.14%), this in conjunction with a target price of 99.33. Volume today has so far reached 162290, with an average volume of about 616.41. The GAP for this stock, is -0.78%.

The P/E ratio is 21.16, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 19.19. The current EPS for Genuine Parts Company, is 4.64, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 0.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 16.56%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Genuine Parts Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 8.12% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 4.20%. Quarter over quarter is 0.20% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -1.00%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 9.10%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 6.40%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.50% and institutional ownership is 74.10%. Shares outstanding is 150.35, while shares float is at a value of 144.65. Float short for Genuine Parts Company is 2.48% and the short ratio is 5.83.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.08, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.24. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.3, and the quick ratio is 0.6. The most recent gross margin is 29.80% and their operating margin is 7.30%. The profit margin is 4.60%.

Genuine Parts Company has seen returns on assets of 8.40%, and on investment, 18.50%. Return on equity is 21.90%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 5.04. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.97, with Price/book ratio coming to 4.52 and Price/cash is 63.13, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 20.02.

The simple moving averages are -3.13% and 2.53% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -7.70% and the 52 week low is 29.65%.

Genuine Parts Company has a dividend yield of 2.68%, with a current price of 97.18. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 54.70%. This is in an industry, Specialty Retail, Other, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Services. Genuine Parts Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Specialty Retail, Other industry means that Genuine Parts Company has seen performance for the past week of -0.83%, with performance for the month coming to 1.02%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -4.91%, and for the half year the performance is 19.47%. Volatility for this week is 1.37% and for the month this is 1.42%.

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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