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Is Carnival plc(NYSE: CUK), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Carnival plc (NYSE: CUK) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 10/23/2000. Carnival plc is in the General Entertainment industry and Services sector. Average volume for Carnival plc, is 445.47, and so far today it has a volume of 138698. Performance year to date since the 10/23/2000 is -14.04%.

To help you determine whether Carnival plc is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 16.69 and forward P/E is 11.86. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Carnival plc has a value for PEG of 1.25. P/S ratio is 2.18 and the P/B ratio is 1.59. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 66.93 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Carnival plc is trading at, 48.08 (-0.43% today), Carnival plc has a dividend yield of 2.90%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 43.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.89, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 22.96% after growing 44.30% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 182.30%, and 3.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 719.36, and the number of shares float is 185.5. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.03%, and institutional ownership is at 3.20%. The float short is 0.11%, with the short ratio at a value of 0.47. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.70%, and also a return on investment of 7.80%.

The ability for Carnival plc, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.2, and quick ratio is 0.2. Long term debt/equity is 0.36 and total debt/equity is 0.41. In terms of margins, Carnival plc has a gross margin of 54.30%, with its operating margin at 18.40%, and Carnival plc has a profit margin of 14.00%.

The 52 week high is -16.13%, with 14.76% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 0.25% and the 200 day simple moving average is -4.88%.

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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