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Is Rio Tinto plc(NYSE: RIO), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Rio Tinto plc (NYSE: RIO) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 6/28/1990. Rio Tinto plc is in the Industrial Metals & Minerals industry and Basic Materials sector. Average volume for Rio Tinto plc, is 4460.94, and so far today it has a volume of 141866. Performance year to date since the 6/28/1990 is 17.31%.

To help you determine whether Rio Tinto plc is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 1296 and forward P/E is 12.97. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Rio Tinto plc has a value for PEG of 77.14. P/S ratio is 1.96 and the P/B ratio is 1.55. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 7.55 and 76.4 respectively.

At the current price Rio Tinto plc is trading at, 31.95 (-1.37% today), Rio Tinto plc has a dividend yield of 2.78%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of *TBA. Earnings per share (EPS) is 0.03, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 30.99% after growing -113.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -60.00%, and -36.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 1954.71, and the number of shares float is 1183.38. The senior management bring insider ownership to 6.50%, and institutional ownership is at 6.70%. The float short is 1.08%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.87. Management has seen a return on assets of 0.00%, and also a return on investment of 4.30%.

The ability for Rio Tinto plc, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.7, and quick ratio is 1.3. Long term debt/equity is 0.55 and total debt/equity is 0.58. In terms of margins, Rio Tinto plc has a gross margin of *TBA, with its operating margin at 7.40%, and Rio Tinto plc has a profit margin of 0.10%.

The 52 week high is -15.88%, with 53.91% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 4.03% and the 200 day simple moving average is 10.62%.

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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