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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN)?

The company in question is, AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) currently with a stock price of 30.73 (0.46% today). The market cap for AstraZeneca PLC is 77746.9, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Drug Manufacturers – Major industry. The target price for AstraZeneca PLC is 36.09. Currently AstraZeneca PLC is trading with a P/E of 35, and a forward P/E of 11.42. Average volume for AstraZeneca PLC is 5696.69 and so far today it is 8271900.

Performance in the last year for AstraZeneca PLC has been -0.62%. For EPS growth, AstraZeneca PLC has seen a growth of 128.90%, and is looking to grow in the next year to -18.74%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been -16.70% over the last five years and could be -1.00% for the next five years. AstraZeneca PLC has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -11.20%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -100.40%. The 20-day simple moving average is -7.17%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 1.68%.

Since the IPO date for AstraZeneca PLC on the 5/17/1993, AstraZeneca PLC has seen performance year to date to be -5.31%. With AstraZeneca PLC trading at 30.73, the dividend yield is 2.93%, and the EPS is 0.88.

So could AstraZeneca PLC, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 35. The PEG is *TBA, P/S is 3.23 and the P/B is at 5.74. The P/cash is 16.73, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

AstraZeneca PLC ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.9, and the quick ratio is 0.8. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.22, and total debt/equity at 1.3.

In terms of margins, AstraZeneca PLC has a gross margin of 82.20%, an operating margin of 15.00% and a profit margin of 9.20%.Payout ratio for AstraZeneca PLC is 108.10%. Return on assets come to 3.70% with return on investment coming to 11.50%.

Insider ownership for AstraZeneca PLC, is at 0.50% and institutional ownership comes to 12.30%. Outstanding shares are at 2530. While shares float is 2503.78. The float short is currently 1.07%, and short ratio is 4.72.

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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