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Is Ecopetrol SA(NYSE: EC), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Ecopetrol SA (NYSE: EC) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 9/18/2008. Ecopetrol SA is in the Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry and Basic Materials sector. Average volume for Ecopetrol SA, is 1072.45, and so far today it has a volume of 549708. Performance year to date since the 9/18/2008 is 21.97%.

To help you determine whether Ecopetrol SA is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is *TBA and forward P/E is 6.96. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Ecopetrol SA has a value for PEG of *TBA. P/S ratio is 1.06 and the P/B ratio is 1.27. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 12.5 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Ecopetrol SA is trading at, 8.21 (-3.98% today), Ecopetrol SA has a dividend yield of 12.16%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of *TBA. Earnings per share (EPS) is -0.6, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 196.86% after growing -169.70% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 13.30%, and -57.40% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 2016.58, and the number of shares float is 233.77. The senior management bring insider ownership to 1.00%, and institutional ownership is at 2.20%. The float short is 3.51%, with the short ratio at a value of 7.66. Management has seen a return on assets of -3.10%, and also a return on investment of 0.90%.

The ability for Ecopetrol SA, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.6, and quick ratio is 1.4. Long term debt/equity is 0.83 and total debt/equity is 0.91. In terms of margins, Ecopetrol SA has a gross margin of 28.60%, with its operating margin at 1.40%, and Ecopetrol SA has a profit margin of -7.40%.

The 52 week high is -29.71%, with 59.11% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -11.59% and the 200 day simple moving average is -1.83%.

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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