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Is Agrium Inc.(NYSE: AGU), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 5/5/1995. Agrium Inc. is in the Agricultural Chemicals industry and Basic Materials sector. Average volume for Agrium Inc., is 871.61, and so far today it has a volume of 140520. Performance year to date since the 5/5/1995 is 7.33%.

To help you determine whether Agrium Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 13.65 and forward P/E is 14.88. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Agrium Inc. has a value for PEG of 11.44. P/S ratio is 0.89 and the P/B ratio is 2.14. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is *TBA and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Agrium Inc. is trading at, 95.31 (1.37% today), Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.72%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 49.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 6.89, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 13.02% after growing 26.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -82.60%, and -5.10% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 137.94, and the number of shares float is 137.94. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.20%, and institutional ownership is at 70.50%. The float short is 2.38%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.77. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.80%, and also a return on investment of 10.90%.

The ability for Agrium Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.2, and quick ratio is 0.5. Long term debt/equity is 0.73 and total debt/equity is 0.85. In terms of margins, Agrium Inc. has a gross margin of 26.30%, with its operating margin at 11.00%, and Agrium Inc. has a profit margin of 6.70%.

The 52 week high is -7.18%, with 21.60% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 5.18% and the 200 day simple moving average is 7.58%.

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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