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Is Shire plc(NASDAQ: SHPG), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 3/25/1998. Shire plc is in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Shire plc, is 1905.58, and so far today it has a volume of 996000. Performance year to date since the 3/25/1998 is -7.66%.

To help you determine whether Shire plc is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 29.93 and forward P/E is 12.38. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Shire plc has a value for PEG of 2.09. P/S ratio is 7.69 and the P/B ratio is 1.44. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 83.24 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Shire plc is trading at, 188.5 (0.71% today), Shire plc has a dividend yield of 0.42%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 20.20%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 6.3, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 17.76% after growing -59.40% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -54.20%, and 56.00% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 306.2, and the number of shares float is 181.49. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 24.50%. The float short is 0.99%, with the short ratio at a value of 0.94. Management has seen a return on assets of 3.10%, and also a return on investment of 12.00%.

The ability for Shire plc, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.4, and quick ratio is 0.6. Long term debt/equity is 0.72 and total debt/equity is 0.81. In terms of margins, Shire plc has a gross margin of 79.50%, with its operating margin at 19.30%, and Shire plc has a profit margin of 13.20%.

The 52 week high is -18.17%, with 28.25% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -1.59% and the 200 day simple moving average is 2.99%.

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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