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Is The Kroger Co.(NYSE: KR), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 01/03/1977. The Kroger Co. is in the Grocery Stores industry and Services sector. Average volume for The Kroger Co., is 8389.13, and so far today it has a volume of 5867000. Performance year to date since the 01/03/1977 is -9.73%.

To help you determine whether The Kroger Co. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 17.57 and forward P/E is 15.45. PEG perhaps more useful shows that The Kroger Co. has a value for PEG of 1.8. P/S ratio is 0.32 and the P/B ratio is 5.59. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 91.59 and 30.51 respectively.

At the current price The Kroger Co. is trading at, 37.54 (-0.85% today), The Kroger Co. has a dividend yield of 1.28%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 19.40%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.14, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 9.36% after growing 18.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 12.00%, and 4.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 954, and the number of shares float is 944.1. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.50%, and institutional ownership is at 82.00%. The float short is 3.21%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.61. Management has seen a return on assets of 6.40%, and also a return on investment of 13.40%.

The ability for The Kroger Co., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.7, and quick ratio is 0.2. Long term debt/equity is 1.52 and total debt/equity is 1.93. In terms of margins, The Kroger Co. has a gross margin of 22.40%, with its operating margin at 3.30%, and The Kroger Co. has a profit margin of 1.90%.

The 52 week high is -11.67%, with 38.61% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 5.35% and the 200 day simple moving average is -0.01%.

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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