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International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

International Paper Company (NYSE: IP), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 20226.93. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for International Paper Company is 49.58 (with a change from open of 0.55%), this in conjunction with a target price of 49.56. Volume today has so far reached 767528, with an average volume of about 2642.97. The GAP for this stock, is 0.24%.

The P/E ratio is 26.32, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 12.95. The current EPS for International Paper Company, is 1.87, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 68.90%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 34.84%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for International Paper Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 8.57% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 5.31%. Quarter over quarter is -82.10% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -6.90%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 7.00%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been -2.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.30% and institutional ownership is 83.90%. Shares outstanding is 411.2, while shares float is at a value of 409.17. Float short for International Paper Company is 2.62% and the short ratio is 4.06.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 2.19, while the total debt/equity comes to 2.35. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.7, and the quick ratio is 1.2. The most recent gross margin is 28.60% and their operating margin is 7.70%. The profit margin is 3.60%.

International Paper Company has seen returns on assets of 2.50%, and on investment, 11.50%. Return on equity is 18.70%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 4.95. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.94, with Price/book ratio coming to 5.02 and Price/cash is 16.13, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 29.19.

The simple moving averages are 6.79% and 22.40% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -0.56% and the 52 week low is 57.65%.

International Paper Company has a dividend yield of 3.58%, with a current price of 49.58. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 91.90%. This is in an industry, Packaging & Containers, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Consumer Goods. International Paper Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Packaging & Containers industry means that International Paper Company has seen performance for the past week of 3.10%, with performance for the month coming to 3.97%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 18.34%, and for the half year the performance is 25.56%. Volatility for this week is 2.12% and for the month this is 1.78%.

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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