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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU)?

The company in question is, Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU) currently with a stock price of 92.3 (-0.76% today). The market cap for Agrium Inc. is 12973.97, and is in the sector Basic Materials, and Agricultural Chemicals industry. The target price for Agrium Inc. is 95.52. Currently Agrium Inc. is trading with a P/E of 13.5, and a forward P/E of 14.89. Average volume for Agrium Inc. is 837.76 and so far today it is 144889.

Performance in the last year for Agrium Inc. has been -2.54%. For EPS growth, Agrium Inc. has seen a growth of 26.50%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 13.97%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 8.50% over the last five years and could be 1.19% for the next five years. Agrium Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -5.10%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -82.60%. The 20-day simple moving average is 1.05%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 4.11%.

Since the IPO date for Agrium Inc. on the 5/5/1995, Agrium Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 6.18%. With Agrium Inc. trading at 92.3, the dividend yield is 3.76%, and the EPS is 6.89.

So could Agrium Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 13.5. The PEG is 11.32, P/S is 0.89 and the P/B is at 2.12. The P/cash is *TBA, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

Agrium Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 1.2, and the quick ratio is 0.5. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.73, and total debt/equity at 0.85.

In terms of margins, Agrium Inc. has a gross margin of 26.30%, an operating margin of 11.00% and a profit margin of 6.70%.Payout ratio for Agrium Inc. is 49.50%. Return on assets come to 5.80% with return on investment coming to 10.90%.

Insider ownership for Agrium Inc., is at 0.20% and institutional ownership comes to 70.50%. Outstanding shares are at 139.49. While shares float is 138.12. The float short is currently 2.38%, and short ratio is 3.92.

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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