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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 694.33, and so far today it has a volume of 719600. Performance year to date since the 5/5/1995 is 10.35%.

To help you determine whether Agrium Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 15.43 and forward P/E is 16.4. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Agrium Inc. has a value for PEG of 12.59. P/S ratio is 0.97 and the P/B ratio is 2.06. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is *TBA and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Agrium Inc. is trading at, 96.66 (0.31% today), Agrium Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.62%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 54.40%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 6.26, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 14.24% after growing 26.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -13.30%, and -8.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 141.54, and the number of shares float is 138.12. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.20%, and institutional ownership is at 70.50%. The float short is 3.21%, with the short ratio at a value of 6.39. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.10%, and also a return on investment of 10.90%.

The ability for Agrium Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.3, and quick ratio is 0.8. Long term debt/equity is 0.68 and total debt/equity is 0.86. In terms of margins, Agrium Inc. has a gross margin of 26.10%, with its operating margin at 10.20%, and Agrium Inc. has a profit margin of 6.20%.

The 52 week high is -4.83%, with 23.32% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 5.52% and the 200 day simple moving average is 9.19%.

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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